How Bad Was the Schumer Surrender on the 2018 Shutdown For Him and His Party?
Senator Mitch McConnell offered Senator Chuck Schumer two things when he came to McConnell to surrender on the Democrat 2018 shutdown of the government for the DACA illegal aliens.
The two items of consequence as follows:
- The continuing resolution would move up a week to February 8th from the original date.
- Mitch McConnell promised he would “hear the Democrats out” and may use regular order for any DACA legislation.
The majority leader of the Senate was already following item two as a matter of course. The first item did not significantly change the bill, it simply moves it a week.
Several Democrats have stated, falsely, that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding was included as a result of the shutdown. That is not the case, CHIP funding was included in the original bill that was filibustered by the Democrats on Friday that lead to the three day shutdown of the government.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals illegal alien visa holders are actually now further away from getting an extension of this program than they were when the talks fell apart before the 2018 shutdown.
Why did Chuck Schumer Surrender?
The Democrats also experienced horrible internal polling in swing states, where the majority of voters were set to blame the Democrats for anything that happens in relation to the shutdown of the government. Some other surveys included national numbers from states that are virtually meaningless on the national politics stage, like incredibly Democrat California and New York.
In an actual election, most Democrats, especially Democrats from states that President Trump won, were going to be severely hurt by the 2018 government shutdown.
Swing states in the United States make or break a party. Unfortunately for Democrats, they are being run by a base that is not only vehemently anti-American, but believes in the Russian election meddling conspiracy theory, racial and social justice warrior politics, massive immigration from “shithole” countries, and deviant social policy like unfettered access to abortion procedures like partial birth abortion, all of which are far outside the popular mainstream political thinking in America.
They discovered that supermajorities of voters do not want to see the government shut down over supporting illegal aliens. Their support for causes that have widespread support and belief in their base have led to an alienation of a large amount of voters in conservative leaning,white, blue collar dominated swing states.
And still, most of them do not “get it.” Louise Slaughter told Bloomberg yesterday that Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats did not frame the issue correctly and they were facing headwinds because of this, not because of their stance on illegal aliens:
“I hear our numbers are dropping like a rock because, supposedly, we closed the government down,” she said.
“We’re taking a great hit,” said Slaughter. “Totally unjustified. And our people just seem to take it flat-footed.”
Twitter leftists were furious with the outcome. Some, like the insane leftist Joy Reid, attacked the news media as actually being favorable to the Republican party:
There is nothing so predictable as media spin in favor of Republicans.
As it stands, the hostages are freed, the GOP can’t hide behind CHIP (or military funding, thanks to that epic soundbite Schumer and McCaskill got on McConnell) and McConnell is committed to bringing a bill to the floor or it’s shutdown number two, which neither party wants.
And yet again, if Democrats voted for the bill on Friday, they would have received the same outcome, minus a humiliating defeat of the Schumer surrender.
The left is also finding out that the continuing resolution defunds many government funded community health care boondoggles put in place by Obamacare, which led them to become even angrier with the Democrat shutdown cave.
“In their effort to continue dismantling Obamacare, the Republican continuing resolution does not include funding for community clinics and private hospitals that care for large numbers of low-income patients,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) told me. The impact of this budgetary slight was made plain by one of her constituents in an email she shared with me.
Many ‘progressive organizations‘ also attacked the Schumer surrender and lambasted the Democrats in the Senate for caving so quickly on the shutdown of the government:
“Today’s cave by Senate Democrats—led by weak-kneed, right-of-center Democrats—is why people don’t believe the Democratic Party stands for anything,” Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Stephanie Taylor said in a statement. “These weak Democrats hurt the party brand for everyone and make it harder to elect Democrats everywhere in 2018.”
“A lot of Democrats are channeling their inner Marco Rubio today,” tweeted MoveOn Washington Director Ben Wikler, referring to the oft-caving Florida senator. Ezra Levin, co-executive director of Indivisible, called it a “betrayal.” CREDO labeled Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer “the worst negotiator in Washington—even worse than Trump.”
Much of the criticism came from within the building, too, especially from the House side. “I do not see how a vague promise from the Senate Majority Leader about a vague policy to be voted on in the future helps the Dreamers or maximizes leverage the Democrats and American people have over the Republicans right now,” Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the most vocal advocate for Dreamers in Congress, said in a statement.
Now that the Democrats have boxed themselves into an even tighter box for the next deadline, how is the base going to react to the outcome here?
Trump will get funding for his wall, have chain migration ended (bye bye extended family members), have the visa lottery ended, and get increased border security funding in exchange for allowing illegal aliens under DACA to continue to receive visas. For the Democrats, this is a bridge too far, even if it allows DACA recipients to obtain a more “permanent” status.
Or the DACA program will completely expire, since Democrats know that chain migration ends most of their dreams of massive third world importation of peoples to ensure permanent demographic change and allow themselves to rule unhindered. The Democrats are now expecting Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats to hold a second shutdown of the government should a deal not be struck. A second Schumer surrender will not end well at all for him or his party.
Either scenario ends with their base extremely angry and them losing the next election.