Just about everything in this opening section from The Hill makes my skin crawl:
A bipartisan group of roughly 20 senators are signaling they are nearing an agreement to reopen the government.
Multiple senators that were part of the talks stressed that their negotiations are ongoing and still fluid.
But leaving a meeting held in Sen. Susan Collins’s (R-Maine) office, some members expressed optimism that they will reach an understanding, if not a final agreement, that would let them move forward.
“I don’t know if you’re going to see a final deal but you might see a comfort level that would enable us to move forward,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.).
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted that senators could get a deal before a scheduled 1 a.m. procedural vote in the Senate.
“Yeah because if it doesn’t happen tonight it’s going to be a lot harder,” he said.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said that there is a “glimmer of hope” that the Senate could wrap up its work this evening rather than in the middle of the night.
Of all the people in the U.S. Senate that I trust to represent the nation’s interests on immigration enforcement and border security, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, and Susan Collins are none of them. The scariest part is a “bipartisan” group of twenty of these critters.
“There is the stupid party. And there is the evil party…Periodically, the two parties get together and do something that is both stupid and evil. This is called—“bipartisanship.”
It sounds like what this deal is an agreement that says in return for voting to fund the government, the GOP will capitulate on immigration.
The only saving grace is that there is no deal that can be cut in the Senate on immigration that is going to survive contact with the House or with Steven Miller in the White House.