Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Donald Trump have all stated that they want to protect the Dreamers. There is a bipartisan majority in the Senate to pass a budget resolution that includes protection for the Dreamers. Yet, McConnell claims he doesn't know what the president wants even though he is pushing a House bill that the president criticized in a morning tweet. You have to wonder why the president was in favor of a bipartisan deal early last Thursday and later created a political storm by sabotaging it. Clearly, the Republican leadership did not want a deal and set out to sabotage it. Their goal is not to govern, but to seek whatever political advantage they can muster from a government shut down. Their legislative incompetence coupled with a clueless and dysfunctional president have put them on the path to a political catastrophe in the 2018 elections. In a cynical plot to damage Democratic electoral prospects, they believe they can maneuver Democrats into a position where they will bear the blame for a government shutdown. Not only is it an act of desperate cynicism, it is doomed to fail.
Republicans control the White House, the Senate, and the House. They have all the levers of power and could easily craft a bill that would pass both Houses of Congress. Yet, they have chosen to create what Pelosi likened to a "bowl of doggy-doo with a cherry on top disguised as a sundae." CHIP is the cherry and eliminating the taxes that fund the ACA is the doggy doo. This is the fourth continuing resolution in the last year and points to the continuing inability of Republicans to govern. The only reason the right wing crazies in the House, the so-callled Freedom (LOL) Caucus, voted for the short-term funding bill was that Paul Ryan convinced them that it would never pass the Senate and they would try to blame the Democrats for its failure. All of this is a consequence of their continuing inability to produce a budget that will pass the Republican caucus. The Hastert Rule has condemned them to perpetual failure. They have created this convoluted legislative crap because the GOP cannot perform the most basic task of governing: creating a budget.
Their cynicism will bite them where it hurts...in the voting booth. A vast majority of Americans support protection for the Dreamers and will find no justification for the Republican refusal to include that in an agreement that would pass both Houses of Congress and fund the government for the rest of the year. It is evidence of their incompetence to propose another short term resolution that brings Congress back to the same impasse in February that they face now when sensible leadership could readily produce a solution.