In the showdown with Nancy Pelosi, Trump's been exposed as pitifully weak, all bluster, a pathetic negotiator. Pelosi rolled him in every way. Egged on by right wingers, the whole thing was buffoonish from start to finish. *This* is how Trump's Art of the Deal works in real life.
— Peter Wehner (@Peter_Wehner) January 25, 2019
Low bar, admittedly. AND YET…
Fox News: "Nancy Pelosi here seems to be the victor because she held the line once she became Speaker, and it doesn't look like the president is going to get that border wall." pic.twitter.com/efjeIknAm3
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) January 25, 2019
Pelosi, asked how Trump will handle backdown on reopening government without wall money, gestures toward her office decorations: “we could plant these flowers along the border and he’d say, ‘I got my wall.’ “
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 25, 2019
Even Tiger Beat on the Potomac, aka Politico, is reluctantly impressed!:
Two months ago, Nancy Pelosi was battling an internal Democratic rebellion trying to bar her from the speakership…
Now — just weeks after reclaiming the speaker’s gavel — the California Democrat has already bested President Donald Trump in a gut-wrenching fight that may help define the 116th Congress, while strengthening her hold over rank-and-file lawmakers…
…[J]just as she did with her Democratic critics weeks ago, Pelosi waited Trump out until he couldn’t take the heat anymore. Amid a wave of news stories on furloughed federal workers showing up at food banks or in unemployment lines, airports across the country facing slowdowns, thousands of IRS employees who weren’t returning to the job when ordered back without pay — or, perhaps more so, the public blaming him for the chaos – Trump wilted. Pelosi held firm.
“No one should ever underestimate the speaker, as Donald Trump has learned,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Friday.
Pelosi’s victory over Trump will cement her power as she and House Democrats flex their muscles with their newfound majority. It will have substantial implications for the relationship between the two power players as they clash on everything from the Russia investigation to immigration to health care. And it’s already endearing Pelosi with progressives who’ve long awaited a leader who could stand up to — and defeat — the party’s No. 1 enemy at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave...
Yet it wasn’t easy for her. Pelosi worked behind the scenes to keep her caucus in line — even as a small faction of her own members grew skittish about the shutdown’s impacts on constituents and privately urged her to counter a recent Trump compromise with an offer of her own.
Pelosi’s reply? Don’t give an inch and stay together, she told nervous Democrats as recently as this week. If we counter-offer Trump on the wall, we lose, Pelosi insisted. And we’re winning…
During a closed-door meeting of House Democrats Wednesday, Pelosi defended her no-negotiating strategy.
“Understand, there is a plan. It is working for us,” Pelosi told the caucus, recounting how she and other Democrats beat back then-President George W. Bush’s efforts to privatize social security in 2005 by staying unified and sticking to a simple message, much like they were doing now. Democrats did the same when Republicans shutdown the government in 2013 in a bid to defund Obamacare, she said. They didn’t counter Republicans then, Pelosi noted —and ultimately, they won…
Pelosi herself declined to take a victory lap Friday, despite being pressed by reporters several times on whether she bested Trump in this fight. Even during a public signing of the three-week stopgap bill to reopen the government, the cable news cameras hanging on her every word, Pelosi wouldn’t gloat.
“I don’t unify our caucus, our values unify us,” Pelosi told reporters. “Our unity is our power and that is maybe what the president underestimated.”
Democrats, however, haven’t been so subtle in rubbing their victory in Trump’s face. In fact, they flooded Twitter with praise for Pelosi and how she outfoxed Trump…
To take this further: she & the House Dems are showing that he can’t change the physics of an opposing force. For 2 years he was slowed by nothing other than his incompetence, & scattered, isolated, & minimal friction.
Now he’s not getting a wall, because he’s run in to a wall. https://t.co/AqdAZ3PVMy
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) January 25, 2019
Now, Trump will face hours of negative coverage on cable news, including Fox.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 25, 2019
We're taking bets in the office on how many hours it is from when Trump signs the bill to when he's on the golf course…
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 26, 2019
So you’re taking care of millions of people but if you don’t get what you want you’ll f**k them over again in three weeks? https://t.co/WyIYADFSXn
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) January 26, 2019