Two events in the last couple of days suggest that Democrats and Republicans may have to combine to pass a veto-proof budget for next year.
Trump has announced that a shut down would be a good thing. That might be good for Republicans fearing a primary, but not for those fearing the Democrats, as many will be by the fall.
The 2017 budget appears to be relying on a coalition of Democrats and Republicans, put together over Trump’s at least apparent disapproval, to get over the top. Moreover, the budget contains a surprising number of “up your’s Donald” provisions, and almost nothing of what he wants.
So, a veto proof budget may be the only way to keep the country functioning, and that may align with congressional and Senate interests in both parties.
What a year!
P.S. The used to be a joke that new Congressman of both parties were told by thee seniors – “always remember who the real enemy is.” The newbie would name the opposing party and the elder statesman would reply: “No, the Senate.” Maybe the answer in both parties, and now both chambers, is becoming “the President.”
Hard not to see why.