Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
President Trump got skunked in the Spring continuing resolution – no money for The Wall. He was busy with the Supreme Court nominee so okay, let that one go. But in this next deal, he absolutely must get some money for The Wall or he’s never going to get it. If the Resisters beat him on his signature issue, his presidency will be lame duck all the way down.
Trump should start tweeting now, warning citizens to prepare for a shut-down if the money’s not in the resolution. The people who elected him want that, first and foremost. He’s got to deliver.
Doesn’t have to be much money. It could be a symbolic $1.00, just as long as Congress votes for it. Trump must make them cry “Uncle” because after that, we’ve established the principle and we’re only arguing over the amount.
Frankly, Democrats are not the problem. They continue to serve the interests of the dead people and illegals who elected them. But the Never-Trump RINOs have no excuse so why not go after them? Because we need them. We need every one of their votes and as tempting as it might be to name names while kicking behinds, a different tactic is warranted on this side of the aisle. On that side, we know Democrats will never break ranks so there’s no harm in savaging them.
Of course, Liberals will complain that funding The Wall is a budget-buster. We can’t afford it. There are higher priorities. Get out in front of that argument early. Start by proposing to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and shift that funding to The Wall. Trump gave up his salary this year, but he could offer to redirect his salary as President toward The Wall next year. Divert federal aid from sanctuary cities to The Wall. Revenue neutral, no additional funding required, completely affordable if we would only make national security a higher priority than frivolities.
And blame Democrats for the shutdown, starting now. Send a tweet every day. “Democrats make Grandma eat dog food; shut down!”
“Democrats end school lunch: shut down!” “Democrats squander dollars, pinch pennies: shut down!”
This is not a political problem or fiscal problem, it’s a marketing problem. Trump has to rally the troops to swing the polls so finger-licking moderates can feel the change in the wind and cast a vote to fund The Wall. There will never be a better time.
Electoral fear is both sides’ best weapon. Trump has the initiative. Will he use it?