If you can get beyond the partisan angles, the White House’s response to Nancy Pelosi’s quasi disinvitation to give the State of the Union address could be the beginning of a historic battle between the two branches of government. President Trump informed Nancy Pelosi that her trip to Europe and the Middle East will have to be “postponed” because of the shutdown. And it might not end there:
A White House official says all congressional CoDels will be canceled during shutdown, not just those involving Pelosi.
— Noah Bierman (@Noahbierman) January 17, 2019
Members are sitting on the USAF bus on CapHill they wait to see if they are departing on overseas trip Trump canceled.
Fox is told there are furious calls going back and forth now between the Hill, State, Pentagon and White House.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 17, 2019
I’m not taking Pelosi’s side in this as a political or policy matter, but I would love to see it dawn on Congress that the executive branch is not in fact the boss of the legislative branch and that, over the long term, Congress actually has a lot more power over the executive than the other way around. Given the politics of the moment, I think things would have to get a lot worse before GOP congressmen see themselves more as defenders of their institution than their party. But it seems this is the way such a long-overdue awakening could start.