Political columnist Edward Morrissey wrote his opinion as to why he believes that President Donald Trump’s decision to offer a deal to Democrats in the House of Representatives was a shrewd one for the future of his presidency.
“For the past month, Democrats have insisted they will not negotiate with President Trump,” Morrissey wrote. “This week, however, the logjam may be slowly unwinding, and Trump might be able to take credit for ending the stalemate.”
The political commentator then talked about how the president’s movements are closely following the pattern that the president and real estate mogul laid out in his book, “The Art of the Deal.”
“’The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal,’ Trump wrote at the time, ‘is seem desperate to make it.’ Any show of needing the deal more than one’s opponents necessarily surrenders leverage, Trump explained in his book,” according to Morrissey
Morrissey then explained why Trump made the first move in compromise: “Trump needs to come out of this with a win, even if it means having to roll back some of his leverage.
“A failure to make good on this core promise would undermine his presidency and any hope of winning the next election. ‘If you don’t deliver the goods,’ he also wrote in his book, ‘people will eventually catch on,’” Morrissey went on.
“At first, Democrats failed to recognize that trap … Pelosi tried holding the line by warning her caucus against “freelancing” on the standoff and sending signals of disunity.”
Following several more pollical moves by Pelosi, Morrissey believes that the speaker found herself in a position of split ranks, and it was thanks to Trump’s particular brand of deal-making.
Members of Democratic leadership have started “freelancing” as Morrisson called it, and their talks with the media are “exposing cracks in Pelosi’s no-talks armor.”
“House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), when asked by Fox’s Neil Cavuto whether he would vote for border-wall funding, conceded that ‘physical barriers are part of the solution.’
Among others, Morrissey also cited House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) who offered to give Trump the $5.7 billion requested “as long as it wasn’t spent on the wall.”
“For a party that insisted it wouldn’t negotiate during a shutdown, those sound an awful lot like negotiations,” Morrissey said.
“Trump can rightly take credit for the progress, and unless Pelosi provides a substantive response, her own caucus might freelance a compromise and call her status as leader into serious question.”