All you heard for the last eight years was Democrats squalling about those irresponsible, reckless Republicans and their threats (sometimes actually followed through on) to shut down the federal government over one point of legislative contention or another. They were called obstructionists and worse. Democrats positioned themselves as the guardians of responsible governing and Republicans were painted to look like a bunch of rootin, tootin cowboys who would put Washington, DC out of business if it meant saving a dime off the federal budget.
Cut to eleven months later…
And look who’s threatening to shut down the federal government! And what’s more shocking? Democrats aren’t making these threats to stand up for some precious domestic program that might get slashed in the budget. They aren’t doing it to save Obamacare. They aren’t even doing it for some pet project like Planned Parenthood! They’re not doing it for ANYTHING that has ANYTHING to do with ANY of their voters! They’re not doing it for U.S. citizens at all! This has to be the first time in history that a political party has threatened to grind DC to a halt, all for the benefit of people who don’t belong in this country in the first place.
Yeah, Democrats, THIS is the hill you really want to die on. Good luck with that.
Democrats and Republicans have until December 8 to reach a deal on the next spending bill or the federal government runs out of money. This is a cliff we’ve come to again and again, and the two parties almost always find a way to make a deal at the last possible moment when all of the political posturing is done. But this time may be different. Democrats (for some reason) believe they have to come through for Obama’s Dreamers and make sure they get amnesty. For a while, it seemed as though President Trump was on board with that as well, but he seems to have realized that he was not elected to turn Obama’s illegal executive orders into law. So we may have a genuine impasse here.
The media is going to try to blame this one on Republicans as they always do, but we really don’t think there is any political danger here. Democrats have to be crazy if they think granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is a winning political issue – especially if they aren’t willing to give away a mountain in border security measures as part of the deal. So far, it seems they are not. Certainly, they’ve signaled they’re not willing to fund the Wall. So what good are they?
We really think this could be political suicide for the Democrats, but ONLY If Trump and the GOP stand firm. If they get soft in the wake of negative media attention – which is going to be an inevitable part of this – then this could turn out to be really bad for Trump’s presidency, to say nothing of our immigration crisis. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out that way.