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McConnell Can Aid Schumer's Political Suicide on Border Wall Showdown

McConnell Can Aid Schumer's Political Suicide on Border Wall Showdown
President Donald Trump hosts a reception for House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House January 23, 2017, in Washington, DC. Attending were Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). (Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is preparing to offer Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the gift of a lifetime, but I don't know if McConnell is astute enough to accept it. The career of Mitch McConnell — aka Mitch McClellan — has been defined by a gopher-like reluctance to risk anything that causes him to stray too far from the safety of his den.

Accepting Schumer’s gift will require Mitch to go head-to-head in the arena of public opinion, which he is evidently reluctant to do since, like most of the Republican leadership in Congress, he doesn’t believe enough in conservative principles to make a compelling case in public.

This is why Trump is president and McConnell isn’t, but that’s another column entirely, which can be found here.

So let me explain another missed opportunity for Republicans to show the American public just how far out of the mainstream Democrats are.

AP reports Schumer “has concluded that denying President Trump his wall is perhaps the surest major defeat Democrats can hand the President in his first year.” And he plans to do it by filibustering the wall.

This is the biggest tactical error Schumer has made since he didn’t object to Fauxcahontas being sworn in.

If only McClellan would exploit Schumer’s gift.

First, his filibuster takes the focus off cutting taxes and the coming Obamacare “replacement” disaster. Two, the wall is the centerpiece of the Trump campaign, so the president will have trouble criticizing the GOP for inaction. And three, the border issue puts a subset of the Democrat grievance coalition against the vast majority of the American people.

Senate Republicans should introduce a bill that has two elements: building the wall and paying for it with a combination of a tax on remittances sent to Mexico and points south and diverted federal dollars that would normally go to Sanctuary Cities that defy federal immigration law.

Then McConnell can wait to see if Schumer walks into his trap and filibusters the bill.

Only this time the filibuster isn’t the Kabuki filibuster of modern times where Schumer says “I filibuster” and McConnell puts the bill on the back burner. This will be the classic filibuster conducted before the Senate became lazy. Mitch keeps the Senate in session 24 hours a day and Schumer has to keep a stooge on the floor reading the phone book or Hillary’s collected works to fill time.

Mitch instructs C-SPAN to cover the floor follies around-the-clock. On the viewer’s screen there will be three counters. One will have a running count of the number crimes committed by illegal aliens since Open Borders Obama was sworn in to the present second. The other will have a running count of the Americans killed by illegals using the same timeline. The last will have the hours since the Senate was able to conduct the people’s business.

Getting the crime figures will take some doing since Democrats have no interest in casting aspersions on their newest demographic and the media would rather have Franklin Graham say the blessing at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner than report the true impact of unbridled illegal immigration.

The effort will be worth it. Besides the count, McConnell can have families of victims sit in the Senate gallery and watch Democrats fight against the rule of law. Afterwards the families can hold a news conference excoriating Schumer and his delay.

Trump could hold rallies in the states of senators up for re-election in 2018. GOP senators could tour crime scenes with local news media. The possibilities for showing just how extreme the Democrat stance is are almost unlimited.

The only thing lacking is a spinal transplant for McConnell, which should be covered under his health plan since senators exempted themselves from Obamacare.

His filibuster puts Schumer squarely opposite the American public that wants border integrity, Sanctuary Cities punished, and the rule of law reinstated. After a week the pressure will be immense. Schumer has also mentioned that he’s willing to shut the government down to stop the wall.

So much the better. It only proves the Democratic Party is in thrall to anti-American ethnic supremacists that put citizens last. I predict after a week the nine incumbent Democratic senators up for re-election in states carried by Trump will start to crumble and pressure Schumer privately or publicly to end the filibuster and bring the bill to a vote.

It’s time for Mitch to stop managing the graceful decline and defeat of conservatives and start acting like the leader of a party that controls all three branches of government. Taking Schumer up on his offer is just the place to start.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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