Hot Take: Democrats Float Cancelling Super Bowl To Try To End Government Shutdown

They could easily end the government shutdown by simply giving Trump the $5.7 billion he requested, which covers a border barrier, border security, and for detention center operations. Democrats put all sorts of left wing stuff in their updated budget, just give Trump what is a pittance towards the size of the budget. But, no, they want to play this game. They should be careful. Trump is a master level troll. Nancy Pelosi tried to play a game with the State of the Union, and quickly learned that was a bad idea, as her overseas trip was cancelled at the last moment

Democrat Floats Canceling Super Bowl: ‘Would Definitely Lead to the End of the Government Shutdown’

Fox News reports a Democrat lawmaker confirmed that during a meeting of the House Democrat Conference–of which Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the leader–on Thursday morning, discussion of the shutdown’s effects on the Super Bowl caused a ruckus.

“A House Democratic Caucus meeting was roiled Thursday morning after one representative floated the possibility that the ongoing partial federal government shutdown might affect federal authorities’ ability to secure the upcoming Super Bowl,” Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Gregg Re reported.

“That definitely got everyone’s attention,” a Democrat lawmaker told Fox News anonymously.

Another Democrat lawmaker told Fox News anonymously that canceling the Super Bowl “would definitely lead to the end of the government shutdown.”

While nobody in President Donald Trump’s administration–which oversees the collection of government agencies that come together to handle travel, logistics, security, and more for major events like the Super Bowl–is suggesting that the Super Bowl be canceled like Democrats on Capitol Hill are floating, there is definitely concern about the shutdown’s impact on this year’s big game.

The largest segment of viewers for the NFL are Republican. And they have high turnout for elections. So, if you want to piss them off, even though they are still upset with the NFL, go ahead and try and run with this. They won’t be pissed at Trump: they’ll be pissed at Democrats, and you’ll entice them to show up even more for votes. But, the Super Bowl is special, so, now the Dems would also have all the celebs mad, because they can’t go to the game to be seen.

Regardless, it won’t be cancelled, and Democrats would be wise to keep this on the down low, else they learn what other fun things Trump can do to them. Love him or loath him, you have to admit that he does what we’ve been begging Republicans to do for 40 years: fight back.

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18 Responses to “Hot Take: Democrats Float Cancelling Super Bowl To Try To End Government Shutdown”

  1. Hal P. says:

    The Democrats are the one skeeping the government shutdown.

    Government cannot reopen without a bill that starts in the house, passing the house, sent to the Senate, passing the Senate, and then sent to the president’s desk for signature.

    so again, who’s is keeping the government shutdown?
    Have the Democrats in the house passed a funding bill or even put one on the table?

    Nope

  2. Kye says:

    When D卐M☭CRAT’s want to appear fiscally responsible they bitch about “the debt” or “deficit spending” but neither they nor Republicans have passed a budget nor anywhere near a balanced anything in years. Both parties are filled with irresponsible idiots.

    With this so-called shutdown, the people who are still working will obviously get a paycheck when the D卐M☭CRAT’s decide to reopen but will the people who are not working at all also get paid? If so, why?

  3. Jethro says:

    Have the Democrats in the house passed a funding bill or even put one on the table?

    Yes.

    For example,

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Thursday that would have reopened most of the federal government impacted by the partial shutdown.

    Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tried to get consent to take up a House-passed bill that would reopen all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is at the center of the shutdown fight. But McConnell objected.

    Leader McConnell has said he will not consider any House bill to reopen government unless Trump approves it, saying:

    “The solution to this is a negotiation between the one person in the country who can sign something into law, the president of the United States, and our Democratic colleagues…”

    https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/425945-mcconnell-blocks-bill-to-reopen-most-of-government

    In fact, even the GOP Senate passed a bill to fund government in December:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to temporarily fund the government, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a border wall with Mexico.

    Senators passed the measure, which would keep government running to Feb. 8, by voice vote without a roll call. The House is also expected to move before Friday’s deadline, when funding for a portion of the government expires. Without resolution, more than 800,000 federal workers would face furloughs or be forced to work without pay, disrupting government operations days before Christmas.

    Note at that time, the House was under GOP control.

    Recall that after this the right-wing echo chamber (incl Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, FOX and Friends et al) harangued tRump for reneging on funding The Wall. Trump then reneged on signing the bill. Merry Christmas to 800,000 American workers!

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/funding-government-without-border-wall-051126337.html

    • formwiz says:

      You notice, of course, nobody besides Jeffery gives a damn about the government slugs because they know they’ll get their money when Trump gets the Wall.

      And House Demos never formally sent said bill to the Senate. So, McConnell blocked nada.

      • Jethro says:

        One frequent commenter here has self-identified as a furloughed federal worker.

        Not every lower level federal worker is a wealthy as you. Some of them may need their regular checks to pay bills, buy food etc. Trump is using these good folks as pawns and hostages to get his way.

        Do you think all the furloughed workers are government slugs?

        Are the Coast Guard members not being paid, government slugs?

        Earlier on Friday, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted 240-179 to restore funding for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, two of the agencies that have been shuttered since Dec. 22.

        But Republicans who control the Senate have so far stood with Trump and insisted that any spending bills include money for his wall. The chamber wrapped up business for the week without taking up the House-passed bill.

        Maybe we need to appeal to Mr. Putin to tell Trump to open up government.

        • formwiz says:

          As I once worked 4 years for the IRS, I know a Hell of a lot more about how the Feds work than you.

          They know they will get their money, eventually. Their creditors know it.

          Last I looked, no one is starving. And non-essential people (yeah, I’d put a lot of those at the Interior Department and everybody at the Environmental Protection Agency, and the TSA (they were a little more accomodating as I hit the friendly skies in the last couple of weeks), at the top of the list) are being IDed, with an eye to redlining those jobs eventually.

    • Hoss says:

      Stop acting like government workers are some kind of sacred animal: leftists didn’t give a shit when Obama bankrupted coal and put all those people on the unemployment line. Not a word or hand wrung from the democrats. Just like every other piece of policy they put forward that chokes the life out of small and big business; you just never care when those people miss a house payment or get put on the street.

  4. Jethro says:

    They could easily end the government shutdown by simply giving Trump the $5.7 billion

    tRump could easily end the government shutdown by simply signing the bills that the GOP Senate sends his way.

    The Wall is a structure stupid people can hide behind.

    What if the Dems send McConnell a bill with $5.7 billion for real border security (fencing, new technology, border agents, judges, drug interdiction, port of entry security, Coast Guard, TSA, Secret Service, visa security, i.e., a virtual, 21st Century wall) but no Beautiful Wall he can put a golden TRUMP placard on. Would tRump sign that or is he still afraid of his unhinged base? Will FOX and Friends accept anything less? Is Steve Doocy really running America?

    The Wall is a structure stupid people can hide behind.

  5. StillAlive says:

    and as always the senate needs 60 votes to pass the legislation and they are not going to get 60 votes. I heard a democratic senator saying yesterday they had 51 votes.

    If they only needed 51 votes the house passed legislation funding the wall in which the GOP had the 51 votes needed even with a couple defections but it died in the senate.

    Again. This is nothing but political grandstanding by both sides. The one thing I like is that the powerfully strong YouTube newsers on youtube or more supportive of trump then they are Pelosi for one main reason. They are damaging the working class they swear to protect.

    • StillAlive says:

      make no mistake these youtubers hate trump too but they hate Shurmer and Pelosi more because they are neo-liberals and the progressive wing of the party sworn to help the working class are punishing workers by holding Nancy Hostage. These are there words not mine.

    • Jethro says:

      The latest bill was not even put to a vote in the Senate because of Leader McConnell, not because the Dems didn’t vote for it.

      Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Thursday that would have reopened most of the federal government impacted by the partial shutdown.

      • formwiz says:

        McConnell knows Trump wouldn’t sign it.

        He also wants to stick it to the Demos for all the shenanigans of Dingy Harry.

        Payback is a Pelosi, after all.

  6. Jethro says:

    Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) is lashing out at President Donald Trump’s border “crisis” as a “myth” and calling his border wall strategy ancient. Hurd has a pretty good idea of what’s what. His district includes 620 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Hurd characterized Trump’s wall as a “third-century solution to a 21st-century problem” in an interview with Rolling Stone published Friday.

    “What I always say is building a wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” Hurd said. The congressman believes that while barriers are useful in urban areas, walls are useless in remote areas where it takes border patrol agents hours or even days to respond to a breach.
    ………
    Something not often discussed by Trump is the inevitable controversy that would arise if the government seizes property under eminent domain to build a wall. Hurd estimates that 1,000 property owners in his district alone would be affected.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/will-hurd-calls-trumps-border-crisis-a-myth_us_5c428e06e4b027c3bbc1d6ab?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=main_fb&section=politics&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&fbclid=IwAR2w9IDPIrinDtcUtMJIup5oeClk-g9QZq7a9o_ZwnA08dzipzZeMeDWWyk

    Trump has painted himself into a corner with his dumb Wall stance and is absolutely the reason the gov’t stays closed. Citizen outrage will likely force him to declare a national emergency, a path to save face with his unhinged base.

  7. formwiz says:

    Riiight.

    So dumb his polling among Hispanics has gone from -33 to +4, according to NPR.

    And Hurd’s district is huge, mostly rural, and makes its money off (are you ready?) farming, ranching, and mining, stretching from El Paso (home of Beto, the phony Mexican) to just north of Laredo.

    Care to guess why he might not like the Wall?

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