Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Trump won't get his wall, so now what (besides a tantrum)?

Here is the news:

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NYT)


Trump Pulls Back From Declaring a National Emergency to Fund a Wall (NYT)


Alex Shepard/TNR:

Republicans Have Learned Nothing From the Midterms
They stood with Trump as he demonized undocumented immigrants, and got clobbered for it. They’re doing it again—and will get clobbered again.

As the congressional elections have approached, a number of Republican candidates and political committees have delivered messages plainly aimed at stoking cultural anxiety among white voters and even appealing to overt racism.”

The strategy failed spectacularly. The party’s anti-immigrant rhetoric may have motivated the GOP base, but not as much as it motivated Democrats and independents. The Republicans got shellacked, losing 40 seats in the House in the worst midterm defeat in history. The results can be read as nothing short of repudiation of Trump’s immigration policies.

And yet, here we are today: The Republicans have let Trump lead the country into what will soon be its longest-ever government shutdown, all over an immigration policy that voters roundly rejected last November. The party’s leaders, notably Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, could break this impasse by joining with Democrats to pass a veto-proof funding bill. Instead, they continue to stick by the president, as they have done—to their increasing detriment—since he became the party’s nominee in 2016. They paid a price for doing so last year, but refuse to learn their lesson.


Fascinating read analyzing the flaws in Trump’s wall(s). President-expert-on-everything-in-Chief hasn’t addressed any engineering or environmental issues, and there are many, not to mention technology that will make the wall obsolete before it is finished. The WALL is busted! https://t.co/ugbTeKBDg1

— John Dean (@JohnWDean) January 11, 2019

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