Excellent, by @MrWalterShapiro. Read to the end: Declaring a national emergency over the wall? This won't end well for Trump https://t.co/geNuylbUMq— Jill Lawrence (@JillDLawrence) February 15, 2019
Trump’s move is no political masterstroke. The wall and an emergency declaration are hugely unpopular. Within the GOP he is setting up his party for prolonged infighting.He's created a coalition of pro-Constitution Republicans and Democrats. https://t.co/srKhLUuhfV— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) February 15, 2019
Legal observers expect the courts to impose an injunction on this national-emergency declaration as soon as it is made. Indeed, the president made the judiciary’s work easier on Friday when he admitted that he “didn’t need to do this,” a confession that there is, in fact, no ongoing national emergency. A judicial quagmire is the GOP’s fondest hope. That way, Trump can say he’s fighting for his wall in every possible way, and Republicans in Congress can cede their authority to check the executive branch by insisting that the whole matter is out of their hands. And all without ever having to expropriate private property along the border or prove the dubious efficacy of a physical wall. Everybody wins!
Let’s not mince words: Backing Trump in this moment is not the prerogative of an institutionalist, which the majority leader claims to be. It is the prerogative of a partisan operator motivated, above all, by deference to a fleeting political imperative: avoiding another government shutdown.
This is a moment of extreme national cowardice. America’s governing institutions are abdicating their authority in pursuit of expedience and amid a craven scramble to save face. A precedent has been established that all Americans, but conservative Americans in particular, will long regret.
JUST IN: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "President Trump’s decision to announce emergency action is the predictable and understandable consequence of Democrats’ decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest." https://t.co/SarfzYLL5j pic.twitter.com/VOQBqXct4N— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) February 15, 2019
Me, I can't stop it, so I'm just gonna enjoy the shitshow.