I sent a message to the White House (“Please re-open the government now and fix immigration”) on the whitehouse.gov contact page.
The response was interesting (editorial marks mine, though honestly if a student sent me these sentences, I’d be challenged). I have a few observations:
1. It seems the White House editors (and writers!) are apparently furloughed.
2. Those still in the office are apparently in a bit of a panic. They wrote this one in a hurry.
3. The rhetoric blaming Dems is just so detached from reality. Sen McConnell refused to risk a cloture vote: If they really had 51 votes they should have proved it. (I’m sure the new Speaker will make this point on Thursday.)
4. There is no mention of “wall.” I believe this may be a good sign!
Dear Feds and friends of Feds: take heart, and keep the pressure on. I think the public is starting to understand how much we depend on Federal law enforcement, doctors, lawyers, scientists, technical people, and administrators.
(And, Feds and retired Feds: join NARFE!)