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Nancy Pelosi delivers a huge spanking to Donald Trump…

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« on: January 26, 2019, 10:23:18 pm »

from The Washington Post…


The insane shutdown comes to an end, with no border wall in sight.

By JENNIFER RUBIN | 3:04PM EST — Friday, January 25, 2019

President Donald J. Trump leaves the lectern on Friday after announcing that a deal has been reached to reopen the government through to February 15. — Photograph: Olivier Douliery/Pool/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/REX.
President Donald J. Trump leaves the lectern on Friday after announcing that a deal has been reached to reopen the government through to February 15.
 — Photograph: Olivier Douliery/Pool/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/REX.

THINGS CONTINUE until they don't. The senseless, cruel government shutdown ended on Friday. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-California) had vowed she would not give anything until the government reopened. President Trump had promised he wouldn't reopen the government without funding for his border wall. Now, Pelosi is getting what she wants. Trump has lost. The deal would reopen the government for three weeks to allow a conference committee to discuss border security measures — but not a wall.

Trump said in the Rose Garden that he was “proud” to announce that a deal had been reached, though it was nothing more than a capitulation. The president agreed to reopen the government for three weeks, making a vague (and now, more than ever, empty) threat to declare an emergency if money for the wall was not included in negotiations. He then launched into a harangue of the type that has not in many of his speeches shifted public opinion. "We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,” Trump insisted. He rambled on, reciting yet again some story about women smuggled in cars with their mouths taped shuts. (His own advisers and border agents have no idea what he is referring to.) His mini-tirade about the wall reminded anyone who cared that he is not getting it.

You cannot get thumped any worse than Trump did on this encounter with Pelosi. Each step along the way, the president stumbled. He told Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (Democrat-New York) “I will be the one to shut it down.” He'd be proud to do it! He wouldn't blame them! He was then ready to sign a clean continuing resolution — until he listed to Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh and provoked a shutdown anyway.

In the iconic video from December, Schumer can barely contain his laughter. Inside, surely he was jumping up and down, delighting in Trump's political malpractice.

Since then, Team Trump has shown a total lack of compassion for the 800,000 government workers going unpaid. (Perhaps contributing to the president's collapse, 14,000 IRS workers did not show up for work, and New York's LaGuardia Airport was forced to temporarily suspend flights because of staffing issues.) Why would they need to go to a food bank? Can't they suffer a little for all of us? The remarkable Marie Antoinette moments won't easily be forgotten.

Trump never was able to sell the public on the existence of an emergency at the border, perhaps because there isn't one. Nor could he convince a majority that the wall was needed, perhaps because it isn't. In trying to come up with a face-saving compromise, Trump (or perhaps Stephen Miller, who seems to be in charge when immigration comes up) slipped in one too many poison pills (e.g., denying a slew of asylum claims). Trump's own staff, in essence, blocked his retreat.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-California) at the Capitol on Friday. — Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-California) at the Capitol on Friday. — Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images.

As for the disastrous Senate vote on Thursday, it is far from clear whether Trump knew it would fail or whether he was deluded, convinced that Republicans — who had been grumbling and warning him all along that this was a disastrous mistake — would simply go along.

Ultimately, what may have convinced Trump to give up were all those polls he insisted that he was discounting. As Trump throws in the towel, a new Washington Post/ABC poll underscores just how unpopular Trump has become during the Trump shutdown. “Public disapproval of President Trump has swelled five points to 58 percent over three months as a majority of Americans continue to hold him and congressional Republicans most responsible for the partial federal government shutdown.” Pelosi has fared much better. (“53 percent blame Trump and congressional Republicans while 34 percent blame Pelosi”). Meanwhile, independents critical to both mid-term and presidential elections have fled in droves. Among independents, disapproval has soared from 53 percent in November to 63 percent now, while 54 percent say “Trump and Republicans are more responsible for [the shutdown] while 29 percent blame Pelosi and Democrats.”

We will see whether Trump's collapse costs him with his base. If so, the bottom will fall out of his ratings. We are left with two final questions: Will there be serious primary challengers to Trump, who's managed to prove his total incompetence? We'll see. And will Pelosi get tired of winning? I think not.


Jennifer Rubin writes reported opinion from a center-right perspective for The Washington Post. She covers a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and provides insight into the conservative movement, the Republican Party and threats to Western democracies. Rubin, who is also an MSNBC contributor, came to The Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Prior to her career in journalism, Rubin practiced labor law for two decades, an experience that informs and enriches her work. She is a mother of two sons and lives in Northern Virginia.


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 • Senate approves bill to reopen the government, the first step to ending the nation's longest shutdown

 • The Plum Line: Trump just caved. Democrats can now take control of the immigration debate.

 • Jennifer Rubin: Senate Republicans unexpectedly shake up their party — Some are jumping off a sinking ship.

 • FBI director blasts ‘mind-boggling’ shutdown impact in message to unpaid employees

 • At least 14,000 unpaid IRS workers did not show up for work as broad shutdown disruption hits tax agency, according to House aides

 • Washington Post-ABC poll: Trump disapproval swells as president, Republicans face lopsided blame for shutdown

 • Jennifer Rubin: Another rotten day for Republicans

 • VIDEO: Trump officials keep making tone-deaf comments about furloughed workers

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