UPDATE: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocks a move by Senate Democrats to hold a vote on reopening the federal government.
Come on everybody, gather ’round! Grab your partner and head on over to the dance floor for “The Gardner Shuffle.”
Just follow these simple instructions…
Make national headlines by saying that you want to end the government shutdown to show the rubes that you are a bipartisan moderate superhero:
As The Hill reported on January 3, 2019:
Gardner is the first Senate Republican to call for ending the partial shutdown even without a deal on President Trump’s demand for $5 billion to fund a border wall.
“I think we should pass a continuing resolution to get the government back open. The Senate has done it last Congress, we should do it again today,” he said…
Minimize the daylight between you and President Trump when your right-wing base gets angry that you suggested ending the shutdown without resolution on a border wall.
From the Colorado Springs Gazette (January 5, 2019):
Despite the firestorm that erupted when he became the first Republican senator to call for reopening the federal government, Colorado’s Cory Gardner said Friday that he hasn’t changed his position on shutdowns…
…“This is the same position I have had,” Gardner said. “I don’t think shutdowns are the right way to govern.”
Gardner said he supports Trump’s demand for $5.6 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. [Pols emphasis] But, he said, the GOP should reopen the government, then resume the fight over border security, putting Democrats on the defensive.
NOTE: You may need to pretend that you didn’t hear the question when you get asked about previous statements in opposition to building a border wall.
Tell conservative audiences that President Trump has your full support and blame the government shutdown on Democrats (nevermind that Trump has repeatedly taken ownership of the shutdown).
Here’s Gardner on the “Steffan Tubbs Show” on KNUS on Wednesday (January 9, 2019):
“The President is right to be fighting for more border security dollars. I don’t understand the opposition today, other than it’s just opposition to the President…
…I made a comment several weeks ago where I said that it seems like what we’re seeing out of the House of Representatives is a ‘revenge majority,’ A majority that is simply going to oppose everything because it comes from President Trump.”
Do-si-do, or whatever.