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The national emergency that wasn't | Sheneman cartoon

The notion that a democratic president might invoke national emergency powers to address a real issue like gun violence or climate change is the kind of thing that wakes Mitch McConnell up screaming in the middle of the night.

The GOP is nothing if not sly. They are also well organized. Over the past 30 years they have systematically loaded the judiciary with conservative jurists, and don't even get me started on the gerrymandering.

The grand old party has the ability to see years into the future, that's why they're so damned scared of the precedent set by the toddler president and his big, dumb national emergency wall

The Republican Party is aware that Trump is massively unpopular, they are aware of the butt whooping they took in the midterms and they are acutely aware of the 2020 election. The chances of retaining power, even with an incumbent president, are fraught.

If Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris or, heaven's forbid, Elizabeth Warren manage to get themselves elected, the notion that they might invoke the presidential national emergency powers to address a real issue like gun violence or climate change is the kind of thing that wakes Mitch McConnell up screaming in the middle of the night. 

There are plenty of Republicans who would be delighted to see the president's attempt to circumvent congress and self-appropriate money for his slats struck down by the courts.

Luckily for them, the constitution, seems to be pretty clear on the matter of the government's purse strings. Congress is charged with making appropriations, imaginary border crisis not withstanding.

Have they packed the lower courts with enough Heritage Foundation acolytes to get the big boy president his wall? Hopefully, it takes a few years to figure that particular question out. 

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