A wall hasn’t shut down the government.
The great negotiator has failed to “make a deal” in which both sides of the wall controversy benefit from the outcome.
The Senate refuses to take action on the wall issue under the reluctant leadership of majority leader Mitch McConnell, who claims that he won’t act to pay federal workers if President Donald Trump refuses to sign the IOU without money for a wall.
McConnell is reluctant to force the issue by prodding the Senate whip into action so that two-thirds of its members agree to pay rather than to hold federal workers hostage over the wall issue.
You can count on the House passing such legislation by a two-thirds margin.
Then the president’s signature wouldn’t be required for the legislation to become law.
McConnell could counter the president’s displeasure by suggesting that the Senate and House begin work on a comprehensive immigration bill that may include a wall.
It would be a difficult task, but members of what Trump calls “The Swamp” would not risk missing a paycheck while spending a few hours a week dealing with this issue.
If Congress fails to pay federal employees because of a wall, then King Kong will continue to apply the same tactics in dealing with government that he did as a businessman.
Meanwhile, if McConnell considers himself a leader, it is time for him to lead, to push the envelope and to gain the respect a member of “The Swamp” deserves.