It’s the kind of checkmate political maneuver that may guarantee his re-election.
It’s smart because it now puts the onus on Pelosi to open the government. It also puts the pressure on Pelosi to act on immigration reform. For 25 years, Democrats have preferred to politicize the immigration issue – and treat Hispanic voters as political hostages – rather agree to a bipartisan solution to deal with the 10 million illegal immigrants residing in the U.S.
There’s no good option for Pelosi now.
So much winning.