The wall is in their hearts

And yet Trump still holds one critical card. His greatest remaining strength is that, apart from a handful of ideologues, such as Coulter, most of the voters that backed him because he promised them a wall still seem to believe he’s got the goods. And that means that Trump doesn’t need to finish a “wall” to lock down their support. All he needs to do is to keep them convinced that construction is underway, they’re making good progress, and what he really needs from Congress is money to finish the wall. In other words, he just needs to run out the clock.

Will Trump fold on the wall this week, then turn around and declare total victory? Will he continue to offer regular glowing progress reports on wall construction that doesn’t exist? You might protest that this would be a bridge too far for even his biggest loyalists. But going by the jubilation of an El Paso crowd that was happy to trade in the usual “Build the Wall” signs Monday for ones emblazoned “Finish the Wall,” you might not want to bet on it. Why would Trump go to all the trouble of declaring a national emergency when he can build the wall in the hearts of “his people”?