On election day, the Great Wall Shutdown of 2019 will be a hazy memory. What was it all about? Oh, yes, Trump wanted a border wall, and he shut down the government trying to get it. And in November of 2020, what will people think of a barrier on our southern border? If we have one, it will be working. If we don’t, the situation at the border will be a national disgrace.
So, will Trump pay a political price for this shutdown? Will Lou Dobbs and Ann Coulter mount a primary challenge from the right? His base trusts Trump. They know he’s doing a fabulous job under extreme duress. And they love him for it. He’s doing all a man can do.
Pelosi can strut and fret her hour upon the stage, but her days are numbered. She’s a lame duck, and blind to it. In 2020 a new leader in the Democratic Caucus will be elected, and the maneuvering has already begun. I know this because I know how legislators think. I was one. They’re always looking ahead, to the next leadership election. A lot of Democrats would love to be Speaker of the House. Pelosi can’t win again. She’s old, and weak.
There will be a new Majority Leader as well, and the jostling for that great plum has begun as well. Current leader Steny Hoyer will be 80 this year, and he’s got to go.
Along with the Democratic Presidential melee, the House Democrats will offer great fun in the months ahead. Who will AOC and the other radicals support? Will their next Speaker be a Bernie Sanders socialist?
In the mean time, the economy is booming, and Trump is bringing home the troops. The timing of the next election will suit Donald J. Trump just fine.