While the President moved to end the shutdown, in the court of public opinion, the Democrat’s mask has slipped. It seems President Trump’s last address to the nation where he offered a compromise sounded reasonable to reasonable people.
The full proposal the President was seeking offered both humanitarian and security funding. More important, he made it clear what he was seeking came from the professionals actually responsible for enforcing our immigration laws. It was not about a “wall”. It was about much more.
While Speaker Pelosi’s intractable position during the shutdown was seen by many as a “win”, there are now rumbles that maybe it is more of a stalemate. As Senator Bill Cassidy communicated, a number of Democrats are voicing some support for a more secure border.
This is likely because the midterm elections were more of a referendum on President Trump’s style than a resounding mandate for the far Left policies the Democrats have embraced to keep their base happy. Dismissing the need for border security is problematic, especially for Democrats elected in more moderate districts. Even CNN’s Dana Bash sees a problem.
While Bash blames this on “White House messaging”, there was nothing in Speaker Peolsi’s posturing during the shutdown that would indicate the messaging is wrong. Not a single dollar she said. Not one dollar for strategic fencing that has been requested by CBP and DHS. Never mind the money that was going to be spent to address humanitarian concerns, technology and court resources that are desperately needed.
It would seem Americans are watching. And that Speaker Pelosi may just be the boogeywoman Republican’s need her to be. A post-shutdown poll by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal shows that Pelosi is the least popular political figure in leadership right now. Her net favorability is -29. President Trump’s is -9.
The best we can hope for going into 2020 is that Trump stays reasonable on key issues using the measured and detailed tone he has had during his last two addresses. While Pelosi keeps doubling down on far Left positions that do not resonate with independents and suburban voters.
The next three weeks will tell Americans a great deal. One has to wonder if Pelosi will be able to whip some of her newest members to hold the line.