Why do reporters do this?
“White House staffers tell me President Trump will run to the moon tonight. When I asked how, they said with elan.” https://t.co/vMJSXxZq5p
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) January 22, 2019
The International House of Pancakes? That's the only house I can think where he could do it.
— Jimminy Crickets! (@DCclone) January 22, 2019
Needy Amin craves his spotlight. He wants a count-down chyron in the corner of the screen, and diversion of normal programming at every single network. He wants to strut down the center aisle while groundlings scrum for selfies with him, to stand at a mighty ceremonial podium with mean old Nancy Pelosi trapped helplessly behind him, while endless rounds of applause echo around the high-ceiling, marble-walled chamber. Campaign rallies are a temporary salve, like narcan for a crack addict, but any two-bit district winner with a sugar daddy can score a political rally, Jeb!. Donny needs the good stuff, the unwilling attention from people he doesn’t even like — it’s the only way he can fill the vast emptiness inside him.
Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, could care less about being on camera. But all those pathetic stories about federal workers skipping meals and worrying about eviction are giving his next primary challenger fresh b-roll for attack ads, and the continuing political prosperity of Mitch McConnell is the one thing he does care about.
Goddess bless Nancy Pelosi for using the “no tv until you
eat your vegetables fund the government” hammer. Thursday’s competing legislative proposals are no doubt, as Charlie Pierce calls them, “shadow puppets on the wall”. But they’re also, hopefully, the overture to restart actual negotiations towards ending this shameless shitshow, per Jim Newell at Slate:
… If enough Republicans join Democrats to pass the short-term bill, President Donald Trump would find on his desk a bill to fund the government without any wall money. That would be a defeat for him, and it would be a sign that Senate Republicans had finally decided their position was untenable. It would be a cave.
If the president comes out against the proposal, though, and scares off Senate Republicans from voting for it, it would allow Senate Republican leaders to argue that it’s futile passing legislation that doesn’t address the border. And the shutdown would continue.
In either case, we are starting to see this week what we hadn’t seen in the past month of the shutdown: movement. It was McConnell who asked the president to develop “compromise” legislation in the first place, because he needed something to put on the floor. And centrist Democrats in the House, many of them representing red or purple districts, drafted a letter on Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her at least to promise the president a vote on his homeland security request, including border wall funding, after the government reopened.
The Senate might not be able to end the shutdown on Thursday. But the machinery that will end the shutdown eventually—pressure from anxious Senate Republicans and anxious House Democrats—is starting to operate.
Could be wrong, but a speech to Republicans only in a half-empty chamber with the lights off feels like a distinct possibility here.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) January 22, 2019
They can bring some tiki torches for light.
— Travis Loughary (@tlou00) January 22, 2019
may as well have the optics line up with reality tbqh https://t.co/MkqQz1PdfC
— Erin For President (@erinscafe) January 22, 2019
Yeah. I thought this was interesting. No cams if House not in session.https://t.co/HFRdJIdfsR
— Jeannette Smyth (@purejuice6) January 22, 2019