Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.prepares to lick an armadillo’s anus to get the taste of defeat out of his mouth. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

The government shutdown ended today and to call this phase anything other than an abject and total humiliation of Chuck Schumer (I exaggerate because you have to have a sense of shame in order to be humiliated) is an understatement. Schumer had tried to make a DACA agreement part of the funding battle, and in this effort, he was assisted by Republicans like Lindsey Graham. In the end, he was placed in the position of choosing between a protracted fight on DACA or the CHIP program. This was a fight he could not win and would never have undertaken if he’d had a modicum of respect for Mitch McConnell. Keep that thought in mind going forward.

When McConnell dictated terms of surrender last night, Schumer was worse off in terms of the deal plus his party had taken such a beating in the polls that even reliable cheerleaders like CNN were saying they needed to call it quits. In return for a continuing resolution that lasts until February 8 and a six-year extension of CHIP (some Democrats in the media are saying this is a win for Democrats because Republicans can’t hold CHIP hostage if there is another shutdown, but this is stupid. The GOP is damned glad to get this issue off the table and to be able to do it looking like the defender of the program), Schumer gets a promise that DACA will be debated. In particular, McConnell said that the debate would be conducted without prejudice in favor of any bill.

Note that what Schumer got was not an agreement on a particular bill or an agreement that a bill would pass the Senate. He got an agreement to debate DACA. He had that last Friday.

Unlike previous GOP shutdowns that left the GOP caucus fired up and the GOP base ready to go to war (if you think 2013 was a loss, I suggest you look at what happened in 2014), this shutdown has divided the Democrats and half of the Democrat base didn’t want to fight this fight in the first place.