|You sure this is what you think it is?|
Nobody gets the story right in the first 36 hours.
I wouldn't be quite so hasty to bet the farm that this shutdown was Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg...yet.
As Michael Caine said in A Shock To The System:
"Let's not all panic. You, you and you, panic. Everyone else, remain calm."Least of all at a purported unilateral cave-in from the same guy that hilariously cancelled Queen Alzheimers' junket less than a week ago.
The Democrats have promised all along to "negotiate in good faith" once the government was reopened.
That bluff has been called.
If they don't do exactly that now, they have no leg to stand on if Trump simply declares an emergency next month, noting they got everything they asked for and still refused to deal, and starts building the wall they said they wanted time and time again, before he was president, by going right over their heads, when they turn out to be the same lying sacks of shit they've always been.
But don't believe any of that. Revel in the presumed joint victory of the Deep State and NeverTrumpers, who've been your friends since, oh, wait...never in recorded history.
And just for giggles, take a minute or two and list for the class all the times the media and the Democrats have gotten the best of Trump since 2016, alongside the list of all the times CNN and MSNBC have gotten anything important correct over the same timespan.
I'll just wait over here while you tally that up.
For the brighter lights, some light reading:
Crichton: Why Speculate?
But what if, contrary to all historical evidence, Trump ultimately folds?
(And if he does, he does; I won't be the last guy looking for the pony under the mountain of horsesh*t. I've noted multiple times the President Trump is "not my guy". He's just governed more conservatively than anyone since Coolidge, and played harder hardball than anyone since Andrew Jackson shot a guy for insulting him.)
This was his "Read my lips..." moment, and you can start planning for him to get ousted in the primaries, if he doesn't simply resign and hand the whole shitball to Pence sooner. Or get impeached, tossed out, followed by cuffed and stuffed by the FBI Obama Holdout Brigade. Because I don't see them letting him pull a Nixon and retiring to a quiet life of writing books and playing golf. They want his head on a pole.
Which means you have, at best, about 700 days before President Shrillary/Biden/Kamala Harris gets sworn in, to get all your crap in one bag.
Either way, by the end of February, you should know beyond any doubt whether shit just got real.
Never bet on the bluff by the guy with "All...red!" against the guy who owns casinos.