by Greg Krehbiel on 6 March 2017
Whenever there’s a controversy, Republicans always want to fast-forward to the place where they surrender. I’m sure they feel a tremendous sense of relief after they quit pretending they were going to stand for something.
This jelllyfish-like behavior from Republicans is usually on full display when there’s a budget battle, and especially when there’s a battle over shutting down the government. Republicans know they can’t win. Democrats will always outmaneuver them and Republicans will always get the blame.
But that was before Trump, who seems to gain energy from a fight, and who doesn’t have much to lose from one.
The media already hates him. Democrats are inventing controversies that they’re using to attack and undermine him. There seem to be a lot of Obama holdovers in his own administration that are trying to derail him. No matter where he looks, it’s trouble.
What’s one more fight?
Unlike Jellyfish Republicans, Trump has at least a little skill in turning a controversy around on the opposition.
Think of this faux Russian scandal. He’s turned it around so that now the story is whether Obama illegally wiretapped him. If there’s an investigation into the alleged connections between his campaign and the Russians, there will also be an investigation into Obama’s use of surveillance.
Trump’s response to an accusation is to make a bigger accusation. He escalates. So I don’t think he’ll cower before the threat of a government shut-down.
The debt ceiling has to be raised soon. I have a feeling we’re going to see a different sort of fight this time.
2017-03-06 » Greg Krehbiel