It’s clear that Heidi Heitkamp, the junior senator from North Dakota, has some difficult decisions ahead of her. More importantly, she doesn’t have much margin for error after voting against the Trump/GOP tax cuts that are working so well. Now that the Senate is debating DACA/immigration reform, the decisions will get tougher.

Sen. Heitkamp wants to portray herself as a moderate, something that’s getting increasingly difficult considering her support for the Common Sense Coalition’s bill.

I’d say that Sen. Heitkamp knows she’s in a tight spot based on her saying ” know that people want to get some certainty for these kids. We’re being asked to make some tough compromises.” Later, she admitted that she’d support “the Common Sense measure.”

Sen. Schumer has a crisis on his hands, too, though he didn’t admit it yesterday morning, saying “The American people know what’s going on. They know this president not only created the problem, but seems to be against every solution that might pass because it isn’t 100 percent of what he wants. If, at the end of the week, we are unable to find a bill that can pass, and I sincerely hope that’s not the case due to the good efforts of so many people on both sides of the aisle, the responsibility will fall entirely on the president’s shoulders and those in this body who went along with him.”

Coming from the guy who got blamed for the government shutdown, that’s rich. Yesterday, Sen. Schumer tried limiting the discussion. He failed. Republicans will keep offering bills that build the wall, provide a DACA fix and end chain migration. (I’ve come up with a new nickname for chain migration. It’s called ‘anything goes migration.’)

If Sen. Schumer wants to keep pretending that Democrats hold the upper hand in this debate, that’s fine. The longer the delusion, the harder the fall. That fall for the Democrats isn’t a matter of if but when. The media tried blaming the government shutdown on President Trump. The American people, through social media, defiantly declared that it was the #SchumerShutdown.

Thanks to the Schumer Shutdown and Sen. Schumer’s strategy on the tax cuts, Sen. Heitkamp is in a difficult position for re-election. If she gets this wrong, she might not be able to recover.

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