Senate Democrats bringing
... Less than a week into the new administration, these Democrats are concluding that the best path back to power is not necessarily through steady opposition but through picking specific, fruitful fights.
“We can’t very well be at a fever pitch on everything,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). “The door swings both ways in Washington. At some point we’re going to want a Democratic president to stand up a Cabinet. So we’re trying to be reasonable when the nominees are reasonable.” (our emphasis)"The door swings both ways in Washington"? It mostly hits Democrats in the ass, Senator. Where have you been for the last 8 years of total obstruction? And who's a "reasonable" nominee that 15 Democratic Senators voted to confirm (including, we're sad to say, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Sherrod Brown)?? "Benny the Blade" Carson - who correctly admitted months ago he wasn't qualified for a Cabinet position!
Rather, we fully endorse the Golden Rule, McConnell corollary: Do unto others as they have done to you for the last 8 years: Resist!
This is how you demoralize your base. This is how you lose turnout. This is not reasonable behavior given the historic, existential challenge to our democracy posed by the Russo- Republicans. We're less than a week into Dystopia, and they're happy to play patty- cake with the thugs in the deluded hope they'll play nice if the tables are ever turned. In their cosseted Senate world, what will it take to get them to understand it's not business as usual when you're dealing with a deranged authoritarian whose agenda to dismember decades- old progressive achievements is well underway? If three million people in the street doesn't give these clueless people a spine, we're not sure what will.
Democratic base: Emergency, resist, hit the streets.— Schooley (@Rschooley) January 25, 2017
Elected Democrats: Whoa, let's not look unreasonable here.
BONUS: Jennifer Bendery has a good read on how the base is moving past a slow- footed Democratic leadership.