Mike Huckabee, September 20, 2017

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer was caught on a hot mic telling colleagues that “Trump likes us,” and that he advised Trump that he needs to work with Democrats to get things done. For all the heated words being thrown around by Republicans over the DACA deal and this hot mic slip, I’d suggest that Chuck Schumer is no novice, and I seriously doubt he doesn’t know when his mic is on. This could be calculated for effect, and “Republicans attacking Republicans” is the exact effect he calculated it would create.

In the meantime, I’d also remind them that if Trump is dealing with Democrats to get anything done, it’s because they aren’t giving him much alternative. How much of his agenda have Ryan and McConnell gotten passed? (Many conservatives believe they don’t want to pass it, particularly immigration, where they side with Democrats against their own base. Skeptical conservatives believe that Democrats want to legalize illegal immigrants to inflate their declining voter base while Republicans want to insure cheap labor for their corporate donors, and neither give a flying fig about struggling American workers.)

Sheriff David Clarke made a good observation on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News: Thanks to ineffective Republican leadership and the Senate refusing to do away with the Democrats’ ability to filibuster everything, Clark said Trump has to deal with Chuck Schumer because he’s now the “de facto leader of the Senate.” If Republicans don’t like that, they have the power to do something about it. Whether they have the will to stop squabbling amongst themselves and do it is an open question.