The Problem for the GOP

A senior Republican congressman tells me the President doesn't even know what he wants.

There is not a Republican in Washington, D.C. who seems to really know what President Trump wants other than a wall. Now, I'd gladly take a wall, but I don't know that the GOP is going to fund one. What I do know is that I talked to a senior Republican in Congress yesterday and he was very, very blunt. He said of the President, "I don't know what the f*** he wants and in talking to him I'm pretty sure he doesn't know what the f*** he wants. He just wants, like a kid who's so hungry nothing sounds good anymore and he's just pissed off."

That right there was on display in the shutdown. Stephen Miller at the White House seems to be the immigration President. Several people brought deals to the President that he liked, but his staff killed them. The President didn't seem to understand a lot of the policy or the implications. So everybody is left guessing.

All this suggests that this is going to be another crazy year with few accomplishments and the GOP will have many news cycles between now and November for the public to forget about tax reform and focus on drama. That does not bode well for them.

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DLC
DLC

That's it. That's the extent of 'The Great Negotiator'.

Peabody
Peabody

"Trump has a sharp BS detection/rejection instinct." Of course he does, any personality cultist knows that. How could a Very Stable Genius not be perfect like that?

RefJoe
RefJoe

Here is the only DACA deal the Republicans should offer. They can stay as Permanent Resident Aliens, with no path to citizenship, if they can prove they were brought here by their parents AND the wall is built and chain migration and the lottery is ended.

If the Dems are true to their word, that they only want to ensure the security of those affected, they will accept it.

Their rejection of it will send a clear message to all that they care nothing for them as people and only see them as potential voters.