FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver noted as much in analyzing Trump’s shutdown reversal:
“Trump has no sense for which battles to pick and seemingly little awareness of his own unpopularity and the consequences it has for the presidency. Moreover, although Trump sometimes seems to realize when he has gotten himself into a no-win position, he doesn’t recognize how often his own decisions are responsible for putting him there.”
It has made negotiating with Trump difficult for Democrats and Republicans. But looked at through the lens of Silver’s poker analogy, it perhaps made House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s shutdown negotiations with Trump easier.
As Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said to Politico of the California Democrat after the shutdown ended: “She’s not one to bluff.”