Democrats have decided on their “strategy” for dealing with President Trump: dig in, resist and obstruct, while mocking and embarrassing him at every opportunity. After many meetings and countless conversations, top party officials have determined that an unyielding, hard-line, in-your-face obstructionism is the only way to placate a party base rabid with rage.
The Democratic Party held a conference recently to consider who should be the next Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). New Hampshire party chairman Raymond Buckley, attending the soirée, was asked if Democrats should try to work with the President, at least where it could find opportunities to do so. He responded: “That’s a question that’s absolutely ridiculous.”
Washington Governor Jay Inslee added: “They were entitled to a grace period and they blew it. It’s been worse than I could have imagined, the first few days. They were entitled to a grace period, but it was midnight the night of the inauguration to eight o’clock the next morning, when the administration sent out people to lie about numerous significant things. And the damage to the credibility of the presidency has already been profound.”
Translation: “He didn’t do what we wanted him to do.” And he has the gall to accuse Trump of doing damage to the presidency after Barrack Obama’s reign?! Say what you will about the President, but he doesn’t hate his own country. In fact, he is courageously attempting to repair some of the damage to the country that his predecessor intentionally inflicted.
Democratic leaders seem to believe that the vast numbers of people who took to the streets in anti-Trump rallies inaugural weekend illustrate an opportunity for the erstwhile DFL to become a full-fledged resistance party, steadfastly opposing nearly everything the President is trying to do and grinding government to a halt.
Of course, Democrats believe they have every right to do this, even though they have routinely gone ballistic in the past when they believed Republicans weren’t acquiescing quickly enough to every whim and directive they put forward when they held power. They claim this right to an oppose-at-all-costs stratagem now in part because they consider Trump a “norm-violating” and “deeply polarizing” figure.
But, when you wish to harness the power of the Mongol Hordes, you should be aware that things can get messy. In the past, Republicans have made a habit of compromising and surrendering at the first sign of conflict. However, it’s just possible those now threatened with such an onslaught may feel they have to fight back and press on or see their ideals and their country perish forever.
They would be right.
Despite their own aggressive bluster, some Democrats seem a little uncertain of how to interact with Trump, who many feel is uniquely mercurial.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said of Trump: “We’ve never seen anything like him. This isn’t ideological. He’s taken this to places we’ve never been. He’s said things we’ve never heard from a commander in chief.”