This may be a watershed moment. It’s an interesting development in all events. Nancy Pelosi called Donald Trump’s bluff the other day when he went on Twitter and grandstanded, in order to create the impression that he wanted to give people more money but that the establishment wouldn’t let him. As it turns out, it’s his own establishment that won’t let him increase the size of the stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000. Pelosi sought to get unanimous approval for the change to the omnibus bill in the House and she was stonewalled by Republicans. Business Insider:

“If the president is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction,” she said in a statement.

The California Democrat also said she would bring the House back into session on Monday to hold a recorded vote on legislation to increase the payments to $2,000.”To vote against this bill is to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny them the relief they need,” she said.

The procedural move comes as Trump has threatened to blow up the passage of a $900 billion economic aid plan along with a $1.4 trillion spending bill to fund the government into next year. On Tuesday evening, he suggested in a video released on Twitter that he wouldn’t sign the bill unless major changes were made, including increasing the size of stimulus payments from $600 per person to $2,000.

Some interesting questions arise from this event:

  1. If Trump really won the election and the House Republicans know that, why oh why would they not be deliriously eager to do the clear bidding of the next administration as laid out by its leader?
  2. Why aren’t these GOPers afraid to defy Trump? After all, the Orange Oracle has spoken and made clear his will. Why won’t these foot soldiers rush to carry it out?
  3. How can these Reps justify to the base that they defied the deity? isn’t that asking to be struck by lightning, and/or defeated in 2022?

And now here’s the crusher: If Republicans are defying Trump’s will on this matter, will they be united in throwing a hissy fit on the floor of the House January 6, which is supposedly what Trump is depending upon to retain power?

Let’s see what Trump tells the reps to do from Mar-a-Lago. He, of course, went on vacation and they, of course, are supposed to show up Monday and do whatever it is they’re going to do. Monday is going to be an interesting day, if for no other reason than that the government could be shut down. The omnibus was supposed to prevent that.

I thought, perhaps naively, that the House wasn’t going to be the big stumbling block to this stimulus check revision. I thought that the heat would be applied in the Senate. Maybe it won’t even get to the Senate. And what is Trump going to tell the base? Go ahead and burn down the GOP, because the won’t listen to me? Maybe so.

It is possible, although both Trump and the base will find this unthinkable, that just as Pat Robertson said the other day, “You’ve had your day. It’s time to move on.” Maybe Trump has just been rendered obsolete.

 

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