After keeping the government shut for a month, the President has caved to the Democrats. He will reopen the government, having gotten nothing but falling polling numbers.
The President is now essentially adopting the position that got him blown up by conservatives a month ago. There will be no wall funding. There will be nothing other than a major victory for Democrats and lots of rubbing Republican noses in it.
President Trump looks weaker now than at any time in his presidency. The rush of state Republican parties and major activists rushing out to claim how great and leaderly the President is being today is just the smokescreen to cover the discontent.
Republican voters and elected officials know what today was — a cave. An emergency declaration, which is most likely the next step, will most likely be stopped by courts.
There will be no wall, thus killing the President’s signature initiative.
While the President will own the loss, it is again worth pointing out that Republicans controlled Congress for two years and never fought for the wall then. They kept encouraging the President to punt. Now he stands defeated on the issue.
I would suggest the President’s willingness to listen to Republicans in Congress will rapidly diminish and his relationship with people like Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy will be down hill from here.