- Mar 2013
- Vulcan, down the street from Darth Vader
Maybe. The government is "open" for no more than three weeks, and absent a wall - or Trump's capitulation - we will be right back where we were, which is what I suspect will happen.Pelosi said he could give it when the government was open. Changing that after he gave would send the wrong signal, probably help him more than help her, etc...
In the meantime, he will use it as an opportunity bolster and secure his negotiating position, possibly insulting Congress (or, at least, the Democrats) in the process, in the hope that the tide will turn in these three weeks. At that point, if the Democrats do start getting more of the blame, then he will feel in a position to "end" the shutdown by claiming a national emergency and illegally appropriating the money from somewhere else in order to build the wall anyway.
In other words, until a long-term solution is reached - if ever - this does not turn out well for anyone except Trump.