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The negotiations between Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have been ongoing all day. Hopefully, Ms. Pelosi won’t attempt to pull the type of stunt she tried pulling with last night’s bill. Last night’s bill is best described as a special interest’s special that had little to do with preventing and mitigating the coronavirus.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy highlighted some of the Democrats’ bill’s shortfalls:

McCarthy said there’s two “major problems.” First, creating a paid sick leave program through the Social Security Administration that would take six months to set up and hamper the agency’s normal functioning of disbursing checks to senior citizens. The second is forcing permanent paid sick leave “for all businesses without exemptions and no sunsets,” McCarthy said.

There was also language in the bill that would’ve weakened the Hyde Amendment. Another provision in the Pelosi-Schumer-Democrat bill would’ve prohibited President Trump from issuing travel bans from other countries into the United States. That isn’t constitutional because the head of the Executive Branch has virtually total authority to restrict international travel into the US. The sole exception to that authority is if the president restricts travel for purely religious reasons.

After Senate Majority Leader McConnell told Ms. Pelosi that her special interest special isn’t going anywhere, Ms. Pelosi has spent the day negotiating with Steve Mnuchin, President Trump’s Treasury Secretary. After getting shot down by Mitch, there’s been a dramatic change in tone from Ms. Pelosi:

“Families have needs,” Pelosi said at a press conference Thursday. She said they’ve been working with Mnuchin on the bill in good faith and questioned whether congressional Republicans are now moving the goalposts.

Pelosi should’ve reminder herself of that when putting this special interest bill together. The Democrats’ bill was known as a Christmas tree bill, meaning that it had all kinds of special interest ‘Christmas ornaments’ stuffed into it. If Democrats were interested in negotiating in good faith from the start, Democrats shouldn’t have started with their original bill. Instead, Democrats should’ve put together a good faith bill right from the start.

Now that Republicans put their foot down, Ms. Pelosi is negotiating in good faith. Next, Republicans should fundraise off Ms. Pelosi’s bad faith negotiations bill. They might as well since the DSCC already sent out a coronavirus fundraising appeal tonight. Democrats must be paid to pay a price for their partisanship.

The Democrats’ impeachment dilemma isn’t difficult to find. This article definitely doesn’t bury the lede:

“Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment resolution day turned into a MASSIVE fundraising day for ??@realDonaldTrump?,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted Friday morning. According to Parscale, the campaign raised $3 million online in one day, totaling $19 million in funds raised over the course of the month. The $3 million addition came the same day the House passed the resolution, which the campaign called a “sham.”

Expect that total to be dwarfed when the Judiciary Committee approves articles of impeachment. The way that I’m choosing to view this is that this is proof of how fired up Republicans are.

This information is miles ahead of the Democrats:

On Friday, a day after the House vote, Facebook ads from the Trump Make America Great Again Committee asked supporters to “add your name” to the people willing to “Stand with President Trump” in the face of the impeachment inquiry.
Supporters then are encouraged to leave their names, email addresses, ZIP codes and mobile numbers.
In a recent conference call with reporters, a Trump official called the reelection effort a “digital first campaign” that can swiftly seize on fast-moving news, such as developments in the impeachment inquiry, to target voters and test and tweak advertising messages on digital platforms.

“They are running a highly sophisticated operation,” Reid Vineis, vice president for digital at Republican ad-buying firm Majority Strategies, said of the Trump operation. “The Trump campaign has been essentially building a database for the 2020 general election.” Of particular value: The campaign’s collection of mobile phone numbers.

“Politics is much more effective at a one-to-one level,” Vineis said. “Text messages are read almost 100% of the time. The Trump campaign’s accumulation of all this text-messaging data gives them a direct line to voters.”

The Trump campaign has already identified tons of voters. That’s led to tons of online contributions from new supporters. It’s fair to say that the Trump campaign is building out their base. Yes, their 2016 supporters still support him. They aren’t the only people supporting him, though.


While Democrats are still picking their nominee, President Trump is growing his base while dirtying up his potential opponents.