Tantrums Generally Don’t Work

Things are weird:

President Trump stormed out of a White House meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not fund a border wall even if he agreed to reopen the government, escalating a confrontation that has shuttered large portions of the government for 19 days and counting.

Stunned Democrats emerged from the meeting in the White House Situation Room declaring that the president had thrown a “temper tantrum” and slammed his hands on the table before leaving with an abrupt “bye-bye.” Republicans disputed the hand slam and blamed Democratic intransigence for prolonging the standoff.

Did he really think saying “I’ll end the shutdown then you’ll give me the wall” instead of “Give me the wall and I’ll end the shutdown” would do anything?

This is, amazingly, even stupider and more petulant than Brexit (though less consequential). Well, maybe it’s not stupider, but it’s comparably stupid. And that’s damn stupid.

We’re talking $5 billion. For something that hard line immigration folks don’t want. This isn’t how you run…anything. Much less a government.

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