Friday, May 18, 2018

Shutting Down The Government Is Now A Game Of Chicken For Trumpanzee


A friend of mine used to be in business with one of Trump's lawyers. He told my friend and my friend told me a funny story. Lawyers hate working for Trump and not only because he doesn't pay his bill. This particular lawyer told him that among lawyers who have worked for Trump this is fairly common. He and Trump would be their way to court. The lawyer would say something to the effect of "Now, whatever happens, whatever the judge asks you, do not under any circumstances say 'XYZ.'" So they get to court and the judge says, "For the record, please state your name." And Trump says, "Let's cut the crap and get right to the matter at hand, 'XYZ.'"

Do you think Trump has changed his ways? He hasn't. And it isn't just with lawyers. Trump's a dick who thinks he knows better than anyone else in the room. And wants to prove it. This week Eliana Johnson and Burgess Everett, reporting for Politico, wrote about the GOP Senate luncheon with Señor Trumpanzee. They wrote that the senators didn’t ask too many questions to Señor T "but the party’s most vulnerable incumbent did make one big ask: Please, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller pleaded, don’t shut down the government over funding for a border wall before the midterm elections." But that's exactly what Trumpanzee plans to do and he certainly doesn't care what Dean Heller has to say about it.
Picking that fight during an election season would hurt Republicans at the ballot box, Heller told Trump, according to an attendee and two people briefed on the meeting. Though Heller prefaced his request by heaping praise on the president, Trump was noncommittal. “We’ll see what happens,” he told the group.

Heller, who confirmed he asked Trump not to shut down the government, was speaking for Republican lawmakers who fear that the president’s desire to follow through on one of his signature campaign promises could undermine their attempt to maintain control of the upper chamber. While Trump held campaign rallies with a raucous audience pushing him to “build the wall” at the U.S. border with Mexico, many Senate Republicans want to avoid a government shutdown at all costs-- at least between now and the November elections.

Government funding runs out on Sept. 30, and Trump is laser-focused on getting his wall money in the next fiscal year, telling senators on Twitter not to take their usual August recess unless the border is secured.

...[Trump] has in recent weeks expressed frustration with his advisers about the lack of progress on border security. He blew up at his Homeland Security chief, Kirstjen Nielsen, for example, during a Cabinet meeting earlier this month, telling his advisers that the border remains too porous, and he has privately groused to friends that his team isn’t being aggressive enough.

While the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill Trump signed into law in March allocated $1.6 billion for border security, it focuses on fencing rather than a massive wall as envisioned by the president and is far short of the $25 billion that White House officials wanted. That was one of many aspects of the legislation that infuriated the president and made him tell associates subsequently that he wished he had vetoed the effort and would stop future, similar efforts.

Heller, who is facing Democratic challenger Rep. Jacky Rosen in November, is widely considered the most vulnerable Republican in the Senate and has for months now sought to chart middle-of-the-road positions that will appeal to Nevada’s moderate voters without drawing Trump’s ire.
Alan Grayson was a member of Congress when the Republicans shut down the government last time. Now Trump wants to-- really wants to-- do it again. "Trump hears that you don’t like what Trump is doing," Trump said to Bill Gates, who thought, "Wow, but you are Trump." Grayson wasn't there for that crazy little get-together. Today, he told us that "If you look at the polling during the government shutdown that cost $27 billion during the Obama Administration, you’ll see that the GOP suffered a crushing 10-point drop in generic polling right then. Which they recovered from, because other things happened, and in the following election, I don’t remember a single Democrat in the entire country ran an ad condemning them for the shutdown. But if Trump does it again, maybe the Democrats won’t let the GOP off the hook this time." I'm sure Grayson won't let them off any hooks... anytime.

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At 6:01 AM, Blogger Robert Welain said...

I think you guys should learn how to make a good hook for the intro, so your articles will grab more attention.

At 6:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...the GOP suffered a crushing 10-point drop in generic polling... Which they recovered from..."

Not only did the GOP recover, thanks in large part to "democratic" incompetence, they were helped up off the floor, dusted off, and handed just about everything they demanded prior to the fall so as to restore their campaign to gut the middle class and convert this nation into a corporatist oligarchy.

Michele Wolf was ALMOST correct when she said “Democrats are harder to make fun of because you guys don't do anything.” You aren't trying, Wolf! Remember when you suggested to the organizers of the Correspondents Dinner, “You should have done more research before you got me to do this”? There is plenty to launch at the "democrats" that would have made for a match to the scathing humor you launched at the Republicans. All you had to do was a little research.

So if you decide that the "democrats" deserve a little of your action for continuing their decade-long practice of letting the Republicans run everything with plenty of "democratic" assistance (see: Gina Haspel, tax "reform"
bill), just make sure you say to them, "this time don’t be such little bitches, democrats". And you'll score a hit if you adapt your Paul Ryan "no balls" joke to use on them.

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the shutdown back then was viewed with unease even by the Nazi base. Today that is not the case.
Any shutdown today would be steroids for the Nazi base to increase their hate of the left. There would only be a hit with the unaffiliateds... and the degree of their leaning right would probably, at this point, not suffer much.
The right has already permanently lost anyone who had any doubts. Everyone still leaning right today probably would not change over a shutdown over a manufactured hate issue that the Nazi fuhrer stirs up.

CONSERVATIVE icon Reagan said: "... tear down this wall".
Nazi fuhrer says "build a great wall"

It isn't ironic so much as proof of how far we've descended since Reagan.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Alice said...

please, please, let Trump shut down the gov't one month before the November elections.

At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else having visions of martial law using the excuse of millions of illegals voting? If he doesn't get his wall and he can whine about too many MS13 or caravans or whatever... it could happen. After all, he's a big fan of hitler. that's kind of in his playbook.

before the election, the 'craps are so irrelevant, they couldn't do shit. And the Nazis certainly won't do shit. Think the military would intervene? You're daft if you do. Media? Public protests?

Government would consist of DHS and DOD only and answerable to the fuhrer alone.

howzat strike you?


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