WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the last several weeks Democrats on Capitol Hill have been licking their chops in anticipation of forcing a DACA amnesty compromise utilizing the threat of a government shutdown. The last temporary spending measure was set to expire December 22, and the Left claimed the were willing to hold an additional temprary spending bill hostage to their amnesty demands.
So what happened? Well, RINOs like Thom Tillis notwithstanding, Republicans, led by President Trump, called their bluff and they melted away like the snowflakes they are.
“[…] a group of vulnerable Democratic senators facing reelection in conservative states next year aren’t willing to go that far — meaning the party is unlikely to muster the votes to block the spending bill.
“We’ve got to get it done, but I’m not drawing a line in the sand that it has to be this week versus two weeks from now,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who faces reelection next year in a state that Trump won by more than 18 points. Other Democrats facing similar head winds echoed that sentiment, including Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). Trump won those states by 42 and 19 percentage points, respectively.
But 25 Democratic senators face reelection next year — 10 of them in mostly rural states that Trump won overwhelmingly, where talk of a shutdown over immigration reform is a politically risky move.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is seeking a second term in a state that is home to about 13,000 DACA recipients — and hundreds of thousands of federal employees whose livelihoods are at risk during government shutdowns.
“I will exercise every bit of leverage I can for the Dream Act, but if there is a vote that would lead to a shutdown, that’s where I draw the line,” he said.
Kaine recalled meeting last month in Northern Virginia with a group of Latino voters to discuss his support for the Dream Act. “But around that table there were Latino federal employees who say, ‘Don’t shut down the federal government,’ ” he said.
Even Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who is seeking her fifth full term next year in a deep-blue state with the largest number of DACA recipients in the nation, isn’t willing to pick the fight.”
We know, of course, that a government shutdown is certainly not the end of the world. Checks still go out, services are still rendered, and the nation is still protected by our men and women in uniform.
The whole narrative of a government shutdown being unbearable was a scare tactic used by Democrats under Obama, but this time it looks like they were scared of their own shadow. Or, more likely, scared of the long shadow cast by Trump’s victories in states where Democrats face reelection next year.
A temporary spending bill, and probably a mere temporary reprieve from the Amnesty All-Stars Feinstein and Tillis. But not to worry, after a couple of winning rounds to close out the year, Trump will and his Republican supporters will be ready to go again when the bell rings in January.