In the ages of Obama and now Trump Republicans seem to be throwing away the rules and caring about polls that showing most American’s against their actions…
Donald Trump lost the popular election , but gamed the electoral college to become President….
Republicans and Trump are pursuing political actions that a majority of American oppose…
Democratic leaders caution their supporters and fellow lawmakers to take the ‘high’ road…
All this while the very government we rely on is subjected to repeated and concentrated attacks and efforts to co-op efforts along with massive cuts…
How should Democrats go forward?
And the below linked piece takes a fresh look at William Jefferson Clinton and see’s parallels to things going on today for Democrats….
“Ruthlessness on the Republican side is rooted in the certain knowledge that they are in the minority,” after losing the popular vote repeatedly in presidential elections, and that the country is becoming ever-more demographically diverse in ways that, so far, benefit Democrats, Begala said. “They have to maximize every opportunity to assert the power they do have.”
Some Democrats say that classic Republican power moves—such as when then-GOP leader Tom DeLay shredded House rules in 2003 to hold a vote open for hours while he twisted arms to avoid a major defeat over Medicare, or McConnell’s obstruction on Garland—aren’t likely to become part of their party’s arsenal.
“Republicans are anti-government, so taking steps that attack or undermine governmental institutions come naturally to them, or at least to their more pugnacious leaders,” said Matt Bennett, a thought leader with the centrist group Third Way. “By contrast, Democrats believe in governing, and we are constitutionally incapable of trashing those institutions for political purposes. Democrats could never have sustained a precedent-shattering, yearlong filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee. It’s such a violation of norms that our senators, to their credit, just would not have had the stomach to do it.” He added: “I don’t think that makes us ‘weak;’ I think it makes us principled.”
Republicans counter that Democrats’ problem isn’t that they are insufficiently ruthless, but insufficiently effective. The leak of Ford’s allegations probably only moved a Senate vote or two, and may be energizing GOP voters to turn out in the upcoming midterm elections.
For now, many Democrats acknowledge that Trump’s implication that they are wimps hits a tender spot.
Ironically, Franken—the former “Saturday Night Live” star turned Minnesota senator—was himself representative of a new breed of fighting Democrat. He rose to political prominence with such smash-mouth books as “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot,” and “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.”
The turn of events for a person once talked about as a possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate left Trump chortling at Thursday’s rally in Rochester, Minn. Referring to allegations that Franken had demeaned women with unwanted sexual remarks and inappropriate humor, Trump said, “It was like, ‘Oh, he did something,’ ‘Oh I resign. I quit.’”
Trump’s ethos—always fight, never quit—is one he shares with Bill Clinton. The 42nd president believes that voters want toughness in political leaders more than they do perfection in personal lives or ideological purity. During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, many congressional Democrats were furious at Clinton, and some privately hoped he would resign. But they posed no threat after Clinton demonstrated that he had rallied the party behind him. As his poll ratings climbed just weeks after the initial stories broke, Jay Leno joked that Clinton “is doing so well in the polls he’s already planning his next sex scandal.”
“If they want me out of this office,” he told a young aide that year in a chipper voice, moving his head rhythmically from side to side for emphasis, “they are going to carry me out feet first.”….