Speaker Nancy Pelosi shook things up by suggesting President Trump work with her to reschedule the Jan. 29 State of the Union address — or just submit it in writing.
The stated reason was security concerns — both the Department of Homeland Security and US Secret Service currently aren’t funded during the shutdown — but it was widely viewed as a move to jam the White House and shake up a dynamic that has been firmly set in “frozen” for weeks.
The lack of official White House response (or fiery tweet in response) has surprised Democrats up to this point, according to several aides.
Meanwhile, a bipartisan proposal in the Senate to get out of the shutdown circulated Wednesday. The plan promised border security negotiations in exchange for an immediate re-opening of the government.
The White House lobbied Republicans against signing the letter. Democrats wanted at least 20 GOP signatures to prove it had legs, but the signatures fell far short of the goal. Consider the letter dead.
The bottom line is this: On the 27th day of the government shutdown, we're at a point where it's all power plays and positioning. In other words, there is still no end in sight.