Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law
For the second week in a row, Resident Trump pulled the rug out from under (a) the Republican Party, (b) the altright, (c) a large portion of his base, and (d) the rabid Trump-hating Democrats. His new best buddies, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, announced a deal had been struck with the President to legislatively normalize the situation of the 800,000+ “Dreamers” in return for funding for comprehensive border security. Who needs Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell; after all, isn’t the President the ultimate deal maker?
Just this month President Trump has managed to de-fang the looming debt ceiling issue, avoid a government shutdown, provide initial funding for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and, now, solve the question of what to do about the Dreamers while funding border security. All without Republican assistance or even knowledge. If anyone out there was clinging to the illusion that Mr, Trump was a friend of the altright, or a committed movement conservative, or even a real Republican, they have surely been cleansed of that notion by now .Mr.Trump is his own man, free from the restraints of ideology or party.
But why turn to the Democrats? Easy – they were available and ready to deal. Not being in the majority, the Democrats didn’t have to worry about committee meetings or mark ups or arcane rules. Nor are they completely knotted up by the competing factions within their party. Mr. President, on these issues where we can find common ground, let’s sit down and talk. We’ll provide votes while you turn the screws on your ostensible side of the aisle.
I believe all the chatter about how President Trump was unable to legislatively accomplish any of his agenda or campaign promises was getting to him. At some time the Big Dog turns and makes a stand; Pelosi/Schumer went to Mr. Trump with workable, quick legislative solutions to prominent issues which he seized upon as a way to re-establish his alpha position in Washington politics. Also, each of the two quick-strike fixes revolved around MONEY; if there is one thing President Trump knows forwards and backwards, it is money and the use of it.
Right now the Democrats are chortling in their beer and dreaming about 2018. The Republicans are shell-shocked, hiding in their foxholes and wondering where the enemy went, also dreaming about 2018. Except their dreams are nightmares.Having sold their birthright for a Republican president who has effectively repudiated them, where do they turn. “Repeal and Replace” – not going to happen. Debt ceiling – finessed short-term along with funding the government. Hard-line immigration – not for Dreamers. What’s left – naming post offices? Unable to deliver for the :President, the Republicans have been left standing forlornly by the road, trying to catch a ride to the action.
This too shall pass and the pendulum will swing back toward the Republicans, but never as far as it was this year. Could that be good for (dare we say it) the Country? Can we even dare dream about solutions over partisanship?
With thanks to the Everly Brothers.