In Donald Trump country ?
Most voters would be glad to see illegal and legal immigrants, not yet citizens gone….
While Republicans and Trump on the whole aren’t popular….
Trump commands a roughly 70% approval rate among GOP voters, even though those same votes admit that Trump is not all there….
Democrats have been winning special elections on the state level since Trump moved to Washington….But Democratic Senator’s in Trump states have to be careful….They must keep their Democratic vote and bite into some the Republicans who can and have walked away for Trump…And THAT is a gamble most of those Senator’s are taking right now…
On the other hand the Democratic base , particularly Latino’s are adamant that something be done to protect the Dreamers…
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer still has enough Blue State Senator’s to keep the Senate from passing a Budget…
But the Republicans will be trying to pick off more Senator’s….
If Schumer can hold the remaining Senator’s?
The Republicans will HAVE give in a bit….
This IS the way the system IS supposed to work….
And Majority Leader McConnell is brushing aside calls for changing the budget vote to a simple majority, which he could probably muster…He is well aware that a change in majority status for HIS party could come back to bite his party….
Democrats assembled the votes to block the House bill, with their 2018 candidates coming up with multiple reasons to join in. Kaine, whose shutdown-averse state is home to the largest concentration of federal workers in the country, had praised the short-term spending bill in December as a “solution that avoided brinkmanship.” But with imminent deals on hurricane relief or DACA, he said, “Enough is enough.”
Kaine rejected Republicans’ characterization that Democrats will own the shutdown, saying his vote merely amps up the pressure to finalize a budget.
The five holdout Democrats — Jones, Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) — did earn some enmity from liberal groups. Justice Democrats, founded in 2017 to threaten primary challenges to “corporate Democrats,” tweeted photos of the five and promised to “replace them in 2018.” After Donnelly announced his yes vote for the GOP bill, Jesse Myerson, an organizer with the liberal Indiana group Hoosier Action, tweeted that “in order to beat the Republicans this year he will need PEOPLE who are ENTHUSIASTIC enough about him to CAMPAIGN for him.”
Yet there’s little evidence that the holdout Democrats are at risk of primary defeats.
Of the four up for reelection this year, only Manchin has an opponent who has filed a campaign finance report. As of Sept. 30, challenger Paula Jean Swearingen had $59,783 on hand, while Manchin had $4,131,896.
The groups working most closely with Democrats had few complaints. In December, they had been frustrated, but held at bay, when 18 Democrats voted for a short-term spending bill that did not extend DACA. On Friday, when asked about their colleagues who were likely to hold out, the Senate’s liberals said that activists had already succeeded in moving a critical mass of Democrats to their position….