On the eve of choosing a new chairman for the DNC, Democratic Party leaders are reportedly also choosing one of two available paths for the immediate future: A soft resistance to President Trump’s agenda, marked by the occasional compromise…or all-out, defiant obstruction.
According to The New York Times, that debate has essentially been settled:
Reduced to their weakest state in a generation, Democratic Party leaders will gather in two cities this weekend to plot strategy and select a new national chairman with the daunting task of rebuilding the party’s depleted organization. But senior Democratic officials concede that the blueprint has already been chosen for them — by an incensed army of liberals demanding no less than total war against President Trump.
Spurred by explosive protests and a torrent of angry phone calls and emails from constituents — and outraged themselves by Mr. Trump’s swift moves to enact a hard-line agenda — Democrats have all but cast aside any notion of conciliation with the White House. Instead, they are mimicking the Republican approach of the last eight years — the “party of no” — and wagering that brash obstruction will pay similar dividends.
The paper quoted Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, who said, “My belief is, we have to resist every way and everywhere, every time we can.”
That belief was echoed by Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, who said Democrats couldn’t just stand by and watch Trump run roughshod over the country.
“We have to fight like hell to stop him and hopefully save our country,” said Merkley.
And Christine Quinn, who worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign, said it was time for Democrats to throw out the old playbook.
“This is not a normal Republican president, and these are not normal times,” Quinn told the Times. “This isn’t a time for polite parties anymore. This is a time to take a different posture of true aggressiveness.”
Of course, as the paper points out, Democrats do not exactly have the high ground in this impending war. With minorities in both houses of Congress and a soon-to-be minority on the Supreme Court, the party is going to have a hard time living up to the fanatical desires of the rabid protesters.
“They want us to impeach him immediately,” said Rep. John Yarmuth. “And of course we can’t do that by ourselves.”
No, but they can cause a lot of trouble, and they can make it extremely difficult for Trump and the GOP to push their agenda through Congress. No doubt, this is what the liberal base is craving. The question is, what does your average, casual Democrat voter want?
Guess we’ll find out in November of next year.