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Old June 7th, 2018, 11:33 AM   #1
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The author of this critical piece in The Week is more generous to the Democratic Party leadership than I would be...especially the part where he somehow overlooks that the party leaders are more concerned about corporate donors (and cashing in IOU's after leaving office...Billy and Barry for example) to give more than symbolism and half measures to the mass of what is supposed to be Democratic voters!

Democrats are totally blowing it
Democrats are totally blowing it

While both Trump and his congressional allies remain staggeringly unpopular, recent polling indicates that they might skate by with a narrow House majority in the fall and even pick up a seat or two in the Senate. Analysts now think the Democrats' chances of retaking the House are no better than a coin flip.

This in itself is stunning. Democrats should clean up in the midterms. Instead, they're barely muddling through. And if they fail to take control of one or both chambers of Congress, that future-altering catastrophe can be traced back to the moment in January when they decided to cave on the fight over the DREAMers and started disastrously cooperating with the president and his allies.

At the beginning of 2018, Democrats held an enormous advantage on the generic congressional ballot — almost 13 points. Democratic partisans were downright giddy about the possibility of a truly enormous blue tsunami wiping Republicans out of both the House and Senate.

That enthusiasm was based on real achievements from the opposition, defended vigorously by leaders who seemed to understand the greater-than-normal stakes surrounding fights with the Trump administration. While they lost the fight over the GOP's donor enrichment tax law, the public disliked the bill. The Democratic Party, along with its energized activists, had won a shocking victory over the summer by halting the GOP's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, swept to huge victories in the off-year November elections, and then humiliated the president and his allies by winning the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.

The president had also pulled the pin out of another grenade in September when he gave the popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program six months to live, making hundreds of thousands of "DREAMers" (or immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children) vulnerable to deportation. Because of the GOP's ongoing inability to fund the federal government of the United States for more than five minutes at a time, Democrats set up a high-profile battle over the law to coincide with another budget battle in January. While immigration overall is a difficult and complicated issue, DACA is not. The public supports the DREAMers by extraordinary margins. According to a January poll, 87 percent of Americans want the DREAMers to stay in the United States. It was a slam dunk for Democrats, who could have hung President Trump and his allies on the hook of their own cruelty.

Instead, after briefly shutting down the government on Jan. 22, party leaders panicked and capitulated, with 33 Democrats in the Senate pocketing long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and hoping for a one-on-one showdown on the DREAMers in March. When the Senate failed to pass bipartisan legislation to address the crisis, Democrats came away from this critical fight with jack.

Since then, the party has returned to its accustomed role as a group of simpering, pragmatic dealmakers. Dozens of House Democrats voted for a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, only to see Republicans get to work on stabbing them in the back by trimming billions through an obscure process called "rescission." Then, in a truly bewildering display of stupidity, 17 Senate Democrats also voted to roll back key provisions of the Obama-era Dodd-Frank law, which placed restrictions on large banks and sought to prevent another 2008 unraveling of the financial sector. Instead of humiliating the GOP's robber barons, a group of Democrats including, mysteriously, Mark Warner (Virginia), Tim Kaine (Virginia), Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire) and Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire), joined their GOP colleagues in handing the president one of his coveted "wins" in return for a giant pile of rocks. This betrayal was flabbergasting — not only did Democrats not win any policy concessions on this or any other issue in return for their votes, they now will jointly own any future mayhem that stems from loosening critical financial oversight policies.
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