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Trump’s fixation on a wall looks juvenile. Democrats should learn from his mistakes.

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President Trump’s regular threats to close down parts of the government to vindicate an applause line make you almost nostalgic for the shutdowns of the past.

When Sen Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) pushed the government to a 16-day halt in 2013 in an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, at least he was fighting over something that mattered.

I said “almost” about that nostalgia because the closure Cruz championed was, from the beginning, a doomed tactical ploy for a wrongheaded objective. Josh Holmes, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called Cruz’s gambit “a toddler’s version of legislating.”

That Trump’s fixation over a useless border wall looks even more juvenile than a preschooler’s tantrum explains why Republicans, including McConnell, finally said “Enough!” to a president they had been coddling for fear of retaliation and in the pursuit of conservative dominance over the federal judiciary. This time, they told him he had to surrender his wall-funding dreams.

But the Republicans did not come to this realization entirely of their own accord. A little over a month ago, the same McConnell said he would not bring budget legislation to the floor that he knew the president would veto. The result was the wrenching 35-day shutdown.

McConnell did not reckon........

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