President Trump “tried to marshal his most potent weapon—himself—to stave off what eventually became an embarrassing rejection from his own party over his declared national emergency on the border.”
“But it wasn’t enough, as a dozen Republicans joined Democrats in dealing Trump a humiliating blow by voting Thursday to nullify the national emergency, setting up what is likely to be the first veto of his presidency.
“Trump’s personal pleas and pressure were among a number of missed opportunities and missteps by the White House that contributed to a defeat notably worse than the administration had hoped for in trying to limit defections, according to officials and lawmakers familiar with the efforts, many of whom requested anonymity to discuss private deliberations.” (Washington Post)
TEXAS. “Texas Republicans who watched Beto O’Rourke’s turnout operation in the 2018 Senate race fear the El Paso Democrat’s presidential bid could help turbocharge the state’s political trajectory — potentially imperiling some otherwise safe GOP incumbents. O’Rourke hired hundreds of campaign field staffers for his 2018 Senate bid, helping his party pick up two congressional seats and a numbers of other offices across the state, even as he fell just short of defeating Sen. Ted Cruz.”
Democrats are targeting six congressional seats in Texas in 2020, primarily in suburban areas where O’Rourke did well. They’re also looking at a handful of state House seats in Tarrant County, one of the last urban parts of Texas that is still represented by a large number of Republicans. Democrats need nine seats to flip the state legislature in 2020, and consider five Tarrant County seats among their potential pickups. … O’Rourke and his campaign helped Democrats nearly sweep races in Houston in 2018. Remaining Republicans in the area are still grappling with changes needed to be competitive in the future.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
BUSH. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) “said he thinks a Republican should challenge President Donald Trump in next year's election, arguing the party ‘ought to be a given a choice.’”
Bush: "I think someone should run. Just because Republicans ought to be given a choice. … But to have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative I think is important. ... And our country needs to have competing ideologies that people--that are dynamic, that focus on the world we're in and the world we're moving towards rather than revert back to a nostalgic time.”
Bush added that beating Trump in 2020 “will be difficult” for anyone because “he has a strong, loyal base” and “it’s hard to beat a sitting president.” (CNN)