GOP ‘in the toddler management business’ as they nervously await Trump’s next move on funding bill: Republican strategist
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at CPAC 2011 (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Republican political consultant Mike Murphy spent his Wednesday appearance on MSNBC making fun of his own party's helplessness as they await President Donald Trump's will-he-or-won't-he signature on the government funding bill, comparing them to day care center workers and more.

"Republican congressional leaders are nervous today because they're in the toddler management business," Murphy said, as host Kristen Welker chuckled audibly. "I think both the Republican Party and a grateful nation are imploring the White House chef, 'don't screw up the cheeseburger or meatloaf at lunch, keep him happy today because we need to land this plane.'"

"He pushed us over the cliff once, the political pain resonated though the party, they don't want to do it again," he continued. "I do think [Trump] learned something from last time, which is don't play poker with Riverboat Pelosi when you have no cards."

"Trump has to be the hero of every story, he will manufacture a way or a larger fight about being to be the winner," Murphy added, even if that meant attacking the far-right media personalities who talked him into shutting down the government to begin with, including Trump's closest ally, Fox News' Sean Hannity.

"Sean Hannity, like a lot of personalities on cable news, is in the daily crisis business. Every day is the biggest day, you get more clicks, you get more ratings," he said. "As long as the drama goes on, I think Sean Hannity is happy. So the president may be figuring that out."

Meanwhile, the GOP watches and waits nervously as the deadline approaches.

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