The White House proposal Saturday to end the shutdown was a feint, an illusion of compromise. Actually, it was a Nothingberder.
The administration proposed three years of temporary protection for the Dreamers, which was DOA. The White House thought to act because the Supreme Court is unlikely to hear its appeal of the lower court’s rejection of Trump’s DACA termination. The odds are about 20 to 1 against the High Court taking the case (the final posting for this year’s cases will occur Tuesday). In effect, Trump was offering ice in the winter. Pelosi and other Democrats would not consider it.
Even worse for the White House, Trump’s pitched looked like amnesty to his supporters, which will piss off Rush, Ann and the 2016 base. Trump’s proposal should never have seen the light of day.
Mike Pence said that the proposal showed the administration is reaching out. It doesn’t seem likely. The Trump base hated it. The Democrats didn’t give it a thought. Media on the left and right ridiculed it. The proposal was just another misconceived publicity stunt.