The New York Times does a pice on the internal search the Democratic party has gone thru after the Presidential Election….
With a focus on the party’s defacto leader Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)….
The piece points to how the party and supporters first dealt with a sense of shock with Trump’s wholly unexpected win…..Then moved a hard ‘NO’ movement in the streets supported by Sen. Warren and Sanders…..
But the piece points out that Democratic politicians are NOT like the ones of the American Right….
They believe in NOT going at things by saying ‘NO’ to EVERYTHING….
They understand that precarious place they are in with the huge loses they have experienced during Obama’s run and want to be very careful not to shut themselves completely out in the USA Senate….
So while Chuck Schumer might be called out in the streets for voting for some Trump people…
He will continue to do so while working hard to make sure other Trump cabinet picks are held up…..
In Schumer’s defense?
The piece points to Trump calling Schumer early on to promise a working relationship, but Schumer being smart enough to name terms that he knew Trump could not hold as he worked more and more with the likes of House Speaker Paul Ryan …..
The seesaw between the party of ‘NO’ and pragmatics by Democratic lawmakers will continue ….
But the lawmakers have joined chorus against Trump and the Republicans in the Media and in their own ways at work in Congress…..
The Tea party way has become the New Democratic templete to some extent…..
By mid-February, spirits in Democratic Washington had palpably lifted. You wouldn’t have described the mood as triumphal; it was more as if everyone had emerged from the basement after a tornado to discover that, while the car was upside down somewhere, at least the house was still standing. The travel ban remained marooned, at least temporarily, in the courts. (A redrafted executive order was issued on March 6, but it was unclear if it had fully resolved the legal issues of the first.) Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, the fast-food C.E.O. Andrew Puzder, backed out of consideration for the job in mid-February after the Republicans concluded that they did not have the votes to confirm him. The project of doing away with the Affordable Care Act was still tied up in committee amid disagreements among the Republicans themselves — an inevitable consequence, perhaps, of their eight-year all-or-nothing opposition effort that the Democrats were now studying. And the infrastructure bill that had threatened to divide Democrats against themselves never materialized; there was talk now of it being pushed back to 2018.
On Feb. 28, a few hours before Trump was due to give his first speech to Congress, I went to see Schumer in the minority leader’s chambers in the Capitol. The senator was sitting in a leather wingback chair in his shirt sleeves, and he seemed to be in a genuinely upbeat mood. “Things look much better for us and much worse for him than I ever imagined based on the first month,” he told me. The day before, three Republican senators — Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul — had held out for nothing less than full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. “That’s the three votes they need, even with 52!” Schumer crowed. (The following week, a replacement bill finally began to advance through committees in the House of Representatives, but Paul declared in a Fox News interview that it would be “dead on arrival” in the Senate.) He pointed to the crowds that Indivisible and other groups had turned out in the thousands at town halls across the country the previous week. “Trump is the enemy, and his Republican acolytes — not Democrats,” he said. “We’re already beginning to coalesce around that. It was very positive. They throw a few brickbats, fine. This energy is enormous…
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