Well, that was a waste of three days. Since Friday, Senator Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats shut down the government and promised they would not vote for a continuing resolution spending bill without the passage of a DACA bill. After shutting down the government for three days today Sen, Schumer gave Senate Democrats permission to pass a continuing resolution spending bill without the passage of a DACA bill. The stoppage was called the Schumer shutdown. Today’s vote to end the filibuster will be known as the Sen. Schumer Surrender.
Sen. Schumer can deny it all he wants (he’s good at lying) but the real truth is that he blinked. Perhaps it was the polls showing Americans were blaming him, or perhaps it was pressure from his members running for reelection, or perhaps someone pushed his glasses up to where they should be and Schumer realized he was in the wrong, but in the end, the senator gave in.
That’s not just my opinion but the opinion of the liberal skewed media:
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
Not sure I understand the point of the last three days.
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 22, 2018
Can someone clearly state what exactly Chuck Schumer extracted from McConnell by shutting down the government?
— David Chalian (@DavidChalian) January 22, 2018
If this thing passes at noon, WOW. Democrats got nothing in this. Can someone please remind me why this happened to begin with? Wasn’t it abt a DACA deal? There is no DACA deal
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) January 22, 2018
We now await Democrats’ spin about how this isn’t a cave
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) January 22, 2018
Democrats have managed to accede to Republican demands, demoralize their energized base, give a disengaged president a win, and look like they held a meaningless three day government shutdown — all at once.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 22, 2018
Pretty weak outcome for the Democrats — they couldn’t get a summit meeting with Trump/GOP leaders or promise to attach DACA fix to a must-pass bill — but they were worried about the lack of a clear endgame and McConnell wasn’t budging on concessions.
— Alex Bolton (@alexanderbolton) January 22, 2018
If this was always Senate Democrats’ exit strategy – cave in exchange for nothing – they should have just provided the 8 votes on Friday.
— George Zornick (@gzornick) January 22, 2018
MSNBC/The Daily Beast:
Was fairly predictable that Dems would get rolled. They didn’t have a much of a bargaining position.
BUT…. This does actually set them up a bit better for February
— Sam Stein (@samstein) January 22, 2018
I wonder if Dems understand how much of their base will be demoralized by accepting this deal.
— Elana Schor (@eschor) January 22, 2018
Last week Sen. Schumer said negotiating with the President was like negotiating with Jell-O. But considering the fact that the President stared him down, what America learned is that when Sen. Schumer takes a hard stance it’s as hard as a tower of Jell-O.