And I’m back. The vacation was nice, saw some movies. Oh and the American Government shutdown for three days, Palestine’s furious over Trumps decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel (yeah that’s still going on), and may be preparing another Intifada. Unfortunately I’ve little to say in regards to the latter, while I have some thoughts regarding Israel and the consequences of their actions as of late, there is far too much I don’t know regarding the relationship between Israel, Palestine, and Abbas. The shutdown on the other hand:
In the aftermath of this particular debacle, it’s important to look at who was responsible (Trump, his aides Miller, Kelly, support from Cotton and the Freedom Caucus, and yes the sudden stand made by the Democratic Senators), but also what the current agreement means. First, yes Trump has some of the blame here. Not all, but if the man had accepted the bipartisan deal placed in front of him last week, this could have been avoided. However, stoked and prodded by hard-line immigration activists in his office, he found himself opposed to the deal. We have to remember, convincing Trump isn’t a matter of personal skill, it’s just about being the last person in the room. Additionally the Democrats have some responsibility for this shutdown in that they chose to prevent funding until such time as a deal for DACA could be made. Whether they could actually make a deal, or at least leverage this for the midterms is debatable, though not implausible, however it could also be irrelevant depending on the outcome of the arrangement between Schumer and McConnell.
In regards to that deal, there are two problems I have with it. First off, it requires McConnell to actually follow procedure and let this matter come down to an Up-or-Down vote. Now that could happen, but given McConnell’s past actions in the last year, where he din’t follow procedure so much as ignore’s its existence, I’m hesitant to give him any such level of trust. Still, it could happen. The second problem is that this deal only affects the Senate, the House can (and likely will knowing the freedom caucus) be it’s own problem for any kind of deal. Personally I expect that to be the final result, that the bill fails in the house, which democrats will then use to blame the republicans for not only tanking a bill protecting kids most Americans want saved, but proving to be ineffective administrators as well, given their current control of the government.
Well, we’ll see. Always interesting to watch these little games, just be better if peoples lives weren’t on the line.
The Atlantic: Democrats Relent, Government Opens