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Subj: Re: Trump caves
Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 at 11:44:58 am EST (Viewed 311 times)
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Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 at 08:10:18 pm EST (Viewed 461 times)
Quote:Trump surrendered to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats and reopened the government with no funding for the wall. His base feels betrayed with Ann Coulter calling Trump the "biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States." With IRS staff not showing up for work, Trump was about to get the entire country far more irate as tax refunds would be arriving late if the shutdown continued. Additionally McConnell told Trump that he couldn't hold the Republicans together on the shutdown any longer. Republican Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson blamed Mitch McConnell for letting the government shutdown go on for so long while a poll in Wisconsin showed that 49% of Wisconsinites absolutely will not vote for Trump in 2020 to 27% who would. Trump's approval was falling despite his bully pulpit and fruitless prime time address. All the suffering and financial costs that Trump caused with the shutdown was in vain - Trump's inexperience and incompetence at its finest.
In addition, he was facing a shut-down of the airline industry, since the unpaid federal workers in that industry were calling in sick en masse. That would be billions lost per day, and I imagine the President started to get phone calls from CEOs across the country (or world) demanding he back down. If he shuts down the government again in three weeks it will be the same thing. Game set and match to the Democrats.
Trump was elected because his supporters liked that he wasn't a Washington insider, but here's where he pays the price. Without the House, he won't be able to get anything done because he doesn't know the system. He can't count votes, or stay in touch with every Congressman and Senator to find out what they need to say yes to a bill. His attempt to play hardball on immigration resulted in a humiliation.
Trump's best bet is to mobilize the Vice President, who DOES know the system and does know how to get things done. But my guess is that Trump's ego won't let him hand that much power to his successor. Then people will say that Trump's successes were really Pence's successes, and Donald can't allow that.
Quote:In addition to all that, now Trump's campaign chair Paul Manafort has been convicted, Trump's deputy campaign chair Rick Gates has pleaded guilty, Trump's national security advisor has pleaded guilty, his personal lawyer of 12 years Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty, and Trump's most loyal advisor Roger Stone has been charged with crimes. Mueller is closing in.
Yes, it's clear this is a sinking ship. Rudy Gulliani isn't helping - every day he reveals more complicity in Russian collusion. It's an astounding time.
"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices." – Albus Dumbledore