The three guest panelists on Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with host Chuck Todd were puzzled by the president’s refusal to visit the border while he is in Texas fundraising for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Dallas and the Democratic National Committee in Austin.
Carol Ryan of the The New York Times commented that the “national malaise is partly due to a sense that things aren’t working.” She continued, “I think this crisis on the border does go to this question of competence.” Chuck Todd picked up on the question of competency by interjecting, “You can see that 30-second TV ad. You start with the health care rollout. You go to the VA. You go to Syria. You go to Iraq. And you can go to the border. And you can draw a straight line.”
Susan Page of USA Today added, “This is unacceptable to more than Republicans on immigration, the situation we have there. And boy, is that going to anger some of his core constituents who have wanted him to do more on immigration, not less.” Ms. Page added later, “I think this is kind of a lose-lose for him, politically speaking.”
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Mr. Todd brought up the administration’s defiance in refusing to arrange for the president to visit the border while attending fundraisers in Texas on Wednesday and Thursday. “It’s a Katrina moment, right?” asked Ms. Page. “And you’re going to a fundraiser and not going to the border where there’s a crisis?” Dan Balz of The Washington Post argued, “It’s conceivably a lose-lose. I mean, if he goes, he draws even more attention to the fact of the problem that they were unable to solve right now. In a symbolic sense he almost has to go, but in a practical political sense there’s a risk.”