The conversation goes something like this:
“Donald, (everyone in the room refuses to address him as Mr. President, the first tip to him he is in trouble), I am here to let you know that as Majority Leader in the Senate, I’m bringing forth legislation that will ensure the Government will stay open,
“If you refuse to sign it, let me be very clear, we have the votes in both the House and Senate to override your veto. It is my recommendation to you, don’t even think about vetoing it.”
The VP rises saying, “How dare you!!!”
The Senate Majority Leader looks at the VP,
“Shut up and sit the **** down. You know damn well we have the votes, I told you that last night when you called, so don’t pretend now for Donald.
“If anything you need to explain it to him, in terms a five-year-old would understand, the country won’t stand for another shutdown just because he feels he needs to prove his manhood and keeps prattling on about a wall that is not going to get funded.”
The Senate Majority and Speaker of the House leave the Oval Office, completely ignoring Trumps demands to come back and sit down. One of the sectaries outside his office swears she saw the Speaker of the House flip Trump off.
And Then I wake up.
I realize what I just wrote is fanciful and will never happen, but, it could if certain folks just
had the courage to do what the were sent to Congress to do, recapture their Mr. Smith goes to
Washington moment before being taken to the smoke-filled rooms, to be corrupted.
You cannot help but marvel at the abject callousness of Republicans in both branches of government slinking away and not planning on returning until the 29th of the month with just 72 hours to make a decision that could affect thousands of people negatively.
“There is no discernable plan. None that’s been disclosed.” said Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, as he threw his hands into the air. “Everybody’s looking to [Trump] for a signal about what he wants to do. So far, it’s not clear.”
You get what Cornyn said: “Everybody’s looking to Trump.” Big mistake. Right now Trump couldn’t plan a two-car funeral let alone give any sound signal on what Congress should do, for one simple reason, he is the one who is dumb as a rock.
His actions with Pelosi and Schummer saying he will own the shutdown was unmistakably a dumb as a rock statement to make. He may believe it will play well to his supporters in Peoria, but, if they are government employees, and they don’t get paid, guess what, they will remember that when it comes time to vote.
If they take a ding on their credit report because they were late with a payment – of any kind – they will remember when it comes time to vote.
If they show up for work at a government facility and get turned away, they will remember when it comes time to vote.
Well, at least one hopes they will, with many Trump supporters, one never knows.