Nancy Pelosi is gonna lead the US House again as Speaker….
Chuck Schumer is gonna still be Minority leader in the US Senate….
Donald Trump will be President (Maybe?)….
Almost as rough as it’s gonna be for Donna Trump?
It will be for Pelosi and Schumer and their fellow Democratic lawmakers …..
“Trump’s great genius is to try and reduce everyone to his level and approach, and he wants to be able to paint Democrats as single-mindedly bent on his destruction,” said David Axelrod, a Democratic strategist and former top adviser to Barack Obama. “These Democrats didn’t get elected, by and large, to war with Trump. They got elected to try and get some positive things done on issues like health care and economic issues for their constituents, and the notion that on Day 1 they should spend all their energy trying to bedevil him is wrong. Striking the balance is going to be difficult.”
Ms. Pelosi, who hopes to reclaim her post as speaker in the new Congress, has encouraged fellow Democrats in private meetings to resist the urge to leap at Mr. Trump’s every utterance and misdeed — “I don’t think we’ll have any scattershot freelancing,” she told reporters last week — lest they lose focus and play into his hands.
“The message is really, ‘Don’t chase every ball that he throws. We have to show the American people that there’s a purpose behind everything that we do, and it’s not just to get a pound of flesh,’” said Representative Eric Swalwell, Democrat of California.
At the same time, there is a giant pent-up appetite among Democrats to hold Mr. Trump and his administration accountable in ways that Republicans have refused to over the last two years.
“It’s starting to set in for me that we don’t have to live this way anymore, we actually can do something to stop abuse of power, and I think it’s important to show the American people that we’re going to do that, because that’s what they voted for,” Mr. Swalwell said….
Striking the right balance is a political imperative for Democrats, who owe their majority to a new, younger and more diverse crop of members-elect — about half of them women — many of whom won races in centrist or Republican-leaning areas after campaigning as change agents.
Ms. Pelosi and other top Democrats toiled during the campaign to stay wedded to a carefully honed, poll-tested agenda that would be broadly popular, calling, for example, for protecting the Affordable Care Act rather than promising to replace it with a single-payer health coverage plan. Democrats talked about a broad, bipartisan infrastructure plan of the sort that Mr. Trump campaigned on.
They have also promised to restore checks and balances to a presidency that has gone unchecked under two years of all-Republican rule on Capitol Hill, and are eyeing investigations of the administration’s environmental policies, its undercutting of the health care law, and its family separation policy, to name just a few. And they face consequential decisions about whether to engage in a potentially fierce legal battle over Mr. Trump’s tax returns and, ultimately, about whether to impeach him.
While Mr. Trump said after the election that he would “like to see bipartisanship,” he also said he would not tolerate congressional investigations into him and his administration….