Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer wants to play a game of chicken with a man who is willing to blow up Washington as we know it. He has decided to block funding for the border wall. The Democrats’ calculation is that President Trump’s image is tied to the wall. If they deny the funding, they deny Trump a key promise he made. They believe, rightly I think, that the Senate Republicans will not blow up the legislative filibuster to make the wall happen.
I hope Senator Schumer does this because I want to watch it blow up in the Democrats’ faces.
Donald Trump won the presidency with blue collar votes in major swing states and red state that have Democrats on the ballot for the Senate in 2018. The Democrats are not psychologically capable of shutting down Washington. The Republicans can put the wall funding in the military budget then watch the Democrats filibuster the funding, shut down the military, and be blamed.
The President knows how to use his bully pulpit better than Chuck Schumer. He knows his base demands a wall. If the Democrats are willing to shut down the government to make it happen, Donald Trump will inflict maximum pain on them.
Democrats up for re-election in 2018 include those in Montana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, and North Dakota, among others. If they want to oppose Donald Trump, so much the better.