Outgoing House Republicans really don't care if there's a shutdown
If there's going to be a partial government shutdown at the end of the week, most of the blame will be on Individual 1, because he continues to persist in the idea that it will somehow make him more popular. But part of the blame will be on outgoing House Republicans, who really can't be bothered to show up at work these days.
The House is out until Wednesday afternoon, showing absolutely no urgency to do anything about fixing shit. They got beat, badly. They have never been particularly diligent about doing work and now it's just downright humiliating for them to show up. This is best bit of what's happening now in the House, as reported by The New York Times: «Many lawmakers, relegated to cubicles as incoming members take their offices, have been skipping votes in the weeks since House Republicans were swept from power in the midterm elections, and Republican leaders are unsure whether they will ever return.» Read it and weep. With laughter.
“No one has any idea what the play call is — we don’t know what’s going on,” said Representative Ryan A. Costello, Republican of Pennsylvania, who, because he is retiring, has already surrendered his office suite for a cramped cubicle.
“You don’t have an office,” he added. “You’re in wind-down mode, saying goodbye to people and wrapping up, and just putting your voting card in the machine and pressing red or green. It’s going through the motions.”
No wonder they slunk out of town last week, backing down from that promise to vote to back up Trump on his $5 billion in wall spending. Not that they ever had the votes to pass it; it was approved in committee back in July and was never brought to the floor for a vote because leadership never had the votes to get it passed.
So that's where we're at right now. Chance of a shutdown? I'd put it at 90 percent. Because Republicans, who are still nominally in control of things, are just going to let Trump be Trump.