'Trump Holds, Schumer Folds': Pundits React to Deal to End Gov't Shutdown
The Senate on Monday voted 81-18 to break a Democratic filibuster on a government spending bill, clearing the way for funding through Feb. 8.
On "Outnumbered Overtime," Sen. Cory Gardner argued that Democrats will have to explain to the American people why the nearly three-day government shutdown was necessary. He said the "same basic offer" was available to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday night but it was rejected
The reaction is pouring in quickly on Fox News Channel and on Twitter. Many on the left are criticizing Schumer for "caving" with no obvious gain.
Take a look at what the political pundits are saying...
Shutdown Schumer caved-military paychecks saved; @POTUS holds-Schumer folds. Lessons learned-Schumer burned; Build the wall-or lose it all.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 22, 2018
.@SenateDems shut the government down to end up exactly where they began...both sides willing and trying to reach an agreement on DACA. It was never time sensitive and had nothing to do with the CR. Way to go, Dems. Genius move. #SchumerShutdown
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) January 22, 2018
Wait. How can Sen. Schumer simply decide to reopen the government? I thought the GOP controlled the White House and both houses of Congress.
— Vince Coglianese (@TheDCVince) January 22, 2018
Democrats have managed to accede to Republican demands, demoralize their energized base, give a disengaged president a win, and look like they held a meaningless three day government shutdown — all at once.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 22, 2018
Democrats haven't really decided between:
Message 1—"The shutdown is Republicans' fault."
Message 2—"It's worth shutting down the government because DACA, etc. is so important."
Instead, there's been a roughly even mix of both. And those messages sort of contradict one another. https://t.co/wjAluDgbaj
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) January 22, 2018
We now await Democrats’ spin about how this isn’t a cave
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) January 22, 2018
Not sure I understand the point of the last three days.
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 22, 2018
Democrats: Give us executive amnesty or we'll shut down the government!
Republicans: No. Fund the government.
Democrats: Okay fine.
Well done, Chuck.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 22, 2018
Can someone clearly state what exactly Chuck Schumer extracted from McConnell by shutting down the government?
— David Chalian (@DavidChalian) January 22, 2018
If this thing passes at noon, WOW. Democrats got nothing in this. Can someone please remind me why this happened to begin with? Wasn't it abt a DACA deal? There is no DACA deal
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) January 22, 2018
Dems shutdown the government for 3 days.
Here's what they got:
• Messaging win for Trump
• Full Schumer surrender to McConnell
• Cave to GOP demands (filibuster, DACA)
• Pointless messaging war with military, CHIP funding
• Demoralization of their base
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 22, 2018
Gutierrez on Senate Dems: "They caved. They blinked. That's what they do."
— Billy House (@HouseInSession) January 22, 2018
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) January 22, 2018
I doubted it was possible, but Dems have actually lost a shutdown fight. Schumer has agreed to end the filibuster in exchange for practically nothing. Make no mistake: Schumer & Dems caved. What a political fiasco.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 22, 2018
Fact that the shutdown ended as soon as the Democrats agreed to support the deal already on the table should eliminate any remaining efforts to claim, falsely, that Republicans were behind the shutdown.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) January 22, 2018
Feinstein warned that a shutdown would literally kill people...and just voted to keep the shutdown going, for the second time.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) January 22, 2018
— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) January 22, 2018
Tammy Bruce said on "Outnumbered Overtime" that this was a "fiasco" for Democrats and they wanted to end it as fast as possible.
"This was an indication for the first time that Republicans weren't getting nailed with blame for something. ... Perhaps the president's tweets helped. The media seemed to be a little confused about how to carry this. ... The facts were bad for the Democrats."
Watch the discussion above.