Let’s review Senator McConnell’s words regarding the stopgap spending bill that punts the issue of funding the border wall into the next Congress. Feb 8 to be exact, six days short of Valentine’s Day. Here’s some of the Majority Leader’s wisdom:

We need the government to remain open for the American people.

No, you don’t Mitch. You need the government to remain open because you love your job and you will do nothing you calculate endangers your next re-election. Especially funding from business groups that aren’t all that worried about a porous southern border, to put it politely.

We need to wrap up our work for this year.

You didn’t wrap up your work, Mitch. You spiked the memos and headed home where the wrapping is on the presents under your tree, not on comprehensive border protection. Yes, criminal justice reform got done. Bravo. There’s lots more to do and you essentially handed “work” on the border over to Nancy Pelosi. Who will do to funding for border security what no Democrat (nor many Republicans) dare do to any government program at all – like say the National Institute of Health funding a $442,000 study of male prostitute behavior in Vietnam:

Starve the border wall to death by defunding it.

There will be important unfinished business in front of us, and we’ll owe it to the American people to finally tackle it.

Smooth, Mitch, very smooth. Words like “it” and “unfinished business” could refer to any piece of legislation lined up for Senate consideration. With a Democrat House, whether the border wall gets any additional dollars at all now remains to be seen. But President Trump remains bombastically optimistic, as he tweeted:

In our Country, so much money has been poured down the drain, for so many years, but when it comes to Border Security and the Military, the Democrats fight to the death. We won on the Military, which is being completely rebuilt. One way or the other, we will win on the Wall!

He’s right on money being poured down the drain. But Trump looks like he’s clearly lost another border wall battle. And perhaps lost the war as well. And that has Freedom Caucus members worried, and betrayed-by-Trump’er Ann Coulter furious as usual:

If anything, Trump’s vulgar narcissism made his vow to build a wall more believable. Respectable politicians had made similar promises over the years — and they always betrayed the voters. Maybe it took a sociopath to ignore elite opinion and keep his word.

On the basis of his self-interest alone, he must know that if he doesn’t build the wall, he has zero chance of being re-elected and a 100 percent chance of being utterly humiliated.

But when Trump is alone with Ivanka, they seem to agree that the wall has nothing to do with it. The people just love him for who he is! In a country of 320 million people, I’m sure there are some, but I have yet to meet a person who said, “Yeah, I don’t really care about immigration or trade, I just love his personality!”

Don’t stop there, Ann.

She doesn’t. After suggesting that Trump should have used the military to build the wall if Congress couldn’t get it done, she suggests there is far more support for the wall than people like McConnell realize. Or perhaps care, seeing their priorities are different. And that comes back to Trump’s persona versus Trump’s policies. This non-shutdown and border wall surrender – and that’s exactly what Schumer has called it, a retreat – may be far more damaging to Trump’s presidency than he realizes.

Does Trump indeed realize that? Or does he believe he can somehow strike a deal with Chuck and Nancy and somehow get enough of his wall built to say he delivered on a key campaign promise? Ann Coulter is suggesting that if he doesn’t get some sort of a wall built, and more than just some really, he will be seen as a blowhard. By his own supporters.

Coulter may just be right.

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