Cher, on a normal tour.
Cher, on a normal tour. Scott Barbour / Getty Images Entertainment

The pop-icon Cher, who is no fan of Trump, recently tweeted that Nancy Pelosi, the new (or renewed) Speaker of the House of Representatives, should just give Trump the money he wants for the "fucken wall." Cher feels great sympathy for the hundreds of thousands of working-class people who've been directly hit by Trump's shutdown, and simply and honestly just wants the madness they are in and enduring daily to end. I understand where she is coming from, but the last thing Dems should do at this point is give in. Why? Because it is not a coincidence that Trump is doing what he is doing right now. He and his party lost the 2018 midterm election massively. There is no hiding this. No Fake News-ing this fact. He lost suburbs big-time. Wisconsin was reclaimed by the Dems. His path to re-election is now uncertain or altogether gone. And there are a good number of GOP Senators in vulnerable seats. Because little in the current political picture looks at all promising, the scoundrel has retreated from the houses to the White House. What's left for him? Hostage politics.



If the Dems surrender, it will be a disaster. If you think this shutdown is bad, then imagine another two years of nothing but hostage politics (that's all there is for Trump in the post-2018-midterm world). Yes, 800,000 government employees are hurting at this moment, but give Trump the chance, even a small opening, and it will be nothing but more and more hostages taken month after month. He is well aware of what is at stake.

This is not just about pleasing the base and keeping brown people out; it's mainly about the survival of a kind of power Trump became accustomed to during his first two years in office. The only way it can exist is with the pen in the White House. The only way for Dems can succeed is for him to break and face the extent to which his power has been diminished.