So bye, bye MAGA dream in the sky:
This is probably the beginning of the end of Trump’s presidency. The midterms are shaping up to be a bloodbath. The markets now put the odds of Democrats re-taking the House at 68%. The odds of Democrats gaining control of the Senate is 40%, an astoundingly high figure given Democrats are defending 25 of their seats–more than half–while Republicans are defending just eight of their own.
The last two years of Trump’s term will be one of perpetual Russia, Russia!, RUSSIA!! and impeachment proceedings initiated by a Democrat congress riding its “blue wave”, while pusillanimous Republicans meekly position themselves in various ways in opposition to the isolated president.
A veto would have been a ‘defining moment’ in his presidency. It would’ve electrified the base and fired up the grassroots tradcon and libertarian contingents, sending a strong message about the seriousness of draining the swamp and of building the wall.
Most maddening is how easy a veto it would have been. Before the contents are even available for public viewing, Chuck Schumer is dancing in the endzone over the 2,200-plus page, $1.3 trillion bill no one will read before it hits Trump’s desk, a $1.3 trillion bill that includes just $0.0016 trillion for wall funding–and even that pittance can’t actually be used for anything serious.
Where’s the negotiation and the pushback from our great negotiator? Before he had even signed it, other Democrats were boasting about getting 80% of what they wanted. The optics alone were terrible. So terrible that it doesn’t seem particularly conspiratorial to wonder if the perjury trap fishing expedition Mueller investigation has found something seriously compromising. If that’s the case, though, the snakes will publicly expose it anyway, so why not come out swinging like usual?
Trump was elected because he followed his instincts rather than the advice of wormtongues. His instincts told him this bill was garbage:
In tough situations like these, leaders lead. They don’t whine about how they dislike what they’ve agreed to go along with.
It is difficult to overstate how devastating this missed opportunity is.