It’s NOT really a Civil War, ok?
While media plays it up because that drives circulation?
It is actually natural for groups of people to have contrasting views….
The US House Democrats are no different…
(They have the same issues everytime they gain majorities in the House or Senate)
New House Democratic lawmakers do have the institutional memory and long game view that those who have been there for a while….
Ocasio-Cortez and Omar are all over the media for gaffs that gain them headlines, and cause them and House Democratic leaders headaches…
These utterances also provide political ammunition for the Republican to throw back in the media and juice up their base….and cause problems for Democrats that are district’s that voted for Trump two years ago…..
The Republicans have the same issues with their party leader Donald Trump listening to rightwing talking heads that are against their own parties lawmakers keeping the government running….
House Democratic leaders have a rebellion in their ranks. And there’s no easy way to quash it.
House Democrats have repeatedly faced surprise Republican floor attacks since taking control of the chamber, part of a bid by the GOP to target their most vulnerable members and fracture the party. Just six weeks in, the GOP effort has been an astonishing success — dividing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top deputies and pitting members of the freshmen class against each other.
At issue is a wonky procedural tactic that Republicans have weaponized to split Democrats on a range of thorny issues, from sexual abuse to anti-terrorism funding. Roughly two dozen Democrats have so far bucked their party and sided with Republicans on the votes, which offer the House minority one last chance to shape legislation on the floor.
As the GOP continues to peel off rank-and-file Democrats, party leaders have grown alarmed — and are increasingly engaged in finger-pointing about who is to blame for the disunity and what to do about it, according to interviews with nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers and aides.
Freshmen Democrats in swing districts say they have no plan to stop voting with the GOP when they feel the need. They’ve even been given the blessing to do so by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), despite resistance from Pelosi.
“I’ve always been my own person and when I think something is right, that’s what I vote for,” said freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), who frequently supports the GOP procedural ploys and called the argument that he should vote the party line “nonsense.”
Other Democrats disagree, calling them “gotcha” tactics that only embolden Republicans to try to force Democrats to take uncomfortable votes that can be aired attack ads later. The defections also put pressure on other freshman Democrats who could be endangered but don’t want to defy leadership and vote against the party.
“Clearly you’re doing this as a ploy and not because you actually give a shit about the issue,” freshman Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) said of House Republicans. “It makes it hard for those of us who do vote against the [GOP proposals], who are in similarly tough districts.”….
House Speaker Democrat Pelosi seems to be able to handle her people pretty well when it’s time to cast votes…