Republicans are humiliated and limping into 2020

The GOP's wall disaster is a symptom of a much larger problem for the party

President Trump.
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The shutdown fight is over, for now, with President Trump and his allies having suddenly and humiliatingly agreed to the original offer presented to them by Democrats more than a month ago. Trump's unilateral shutdown surrender came after one of the worst weeks of his presidency. A scallywag and longtime associate of Trump named Roger Stone was arrested in a predawn FBI raid and accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of serving as the go-between for the Trump campaign and purloined Russian dirt peddler WikiLeaks during the summer of 2016. And then an apparent wildcat strike by air traffic controllers in Philadelphia and New York brought the airline industry to its knees in a matter of hours.

Having accidentally accomplished more for organized labor in a month than national Democrats have in a generation, and with his polling continuing to disintegrate, Trump had no choice but to reopen the government, a move he announced in a strange, delusional statement in which he promised either to shut down the government again in three weeks or to unconstitutionally declare a national emergency. He and his genuinely hopeless advisers are badly wounded, huddled together like Robert Redford and Paul Newman at the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, trying to decide whether to get captured or to go out in a hail of bullets.

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