For one Brief, Shining Moment, Cocaine Mitch was awesome. Has anyone seen him since? Or Ryan for that matter?
Just a few days ago, Trump had Chancy (Chuck and Nancy) by the short hairs. Border security was a hill he was prepared to die on. And now, yet again, the Republicans are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Republicans afraid of a shutdown have put forward a continuing resolution that kicks the budget can down the road until February. Why is that important? By then, the House is in the hands of Nancy. And well do we remember the dirty tricks her party likes to play with funding. Remember ‘Sequestration’? Do you really believe that won’t rear its ugly head again?
The Senate passed a stop-gap spending bill on Wednesday night in an effort to keep the government funded and prevent a partial shutdown at the end of the week.
A shutdown hasn’t been averted just yet: The measure will still need to be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by President Donald Trump before it can take effect.
But the Senate’s passage of the short-term measure brings Washington one step closer to staving off a shutdown of some key federal agencies, set to expire at midnight on Friday, just days before Christmas.
The Senate worked late into the night on Wednesday to pass the measure, which had appeared to have hit a snag earlier in the day over a push to advance public lands legislation.
McConnell introduced the measure earlier on Wednesday to fund the remaining parts of the government through February 8, 2019.
You will notice the phrase ‘remaining parts of government’. Much of it is already funded. But Trump was holding out for border security. Something that ‘Cocaine Mitch’ (or have the super powers faded, leaving him as just a regular turtle again) had a chance to hold the line on.
And where’s Ryan on this? We haven’t heard much from him in the last two years. Does it have anything to do with his role of having had a copy of the ‘Dirty Dossier’ even before it went public? Is he a committed Never-Trumper that would rather squander a Republican majority to push policy the base clearly wants than give Trump a legacy win?
What else are we supposed to think?
Think back to the Obama years. First, there was no budget at all. But what did he do right at the end? He passes a budget that went WELL into Trump’s first term, effectively extending their authority BEYOND their actual mandate.
But look what Republicans are doing NOW? They’re doing the exact opposite. Not only are they coming up with multi-Billion-dollar spending projects that nobody knew or cared about until about 5 minutes ago (the investments in Mexico and South America) whose ticket price is DOUBLE the entire value of that Wall we’ve been calling for, and that even Schumer voted to build in 2006. They are folding like a tent on the issues that matter to their base.
HEY, Congress. Let’s spell this out for you:
THIS IS WHY YOU LOST!
Not because Trump is toxic. (He’s still filling stadiums, in case you haven’t noticed.)
Not because we don’t like the nominees so far — the Senate hadn’t pissed us off yet. But THIS just might do it. But because you haven’t got the guts to stand up against the Status Quo and do what needs doing.
Like building the damned wall, and shutting down the government, if need be, to make it happen.
Once Pelosi takes over… she’s got leverage, and unlike the Swamp Rats filling far too many Rino seats in Congress SHE isn’t afraid to use it.
Will Trump really have to play ball with Nancy to get things done because you guys don’t have a full nut-sack between the lot of you?
And lemme guess. You’ll find some way to blame Trump for capitulating, too.
You aren’t even fighting for the same few months of funding that the Democrats had the good sense to grab for themselves.
Winners know what to do with power and the opportunities in front of them.
Losers have that bred out of them. The question Right-of-center voters need to ask ourselves is this:
Which of the two did we send to Washington to act in our name?