Democratic party leaders endorse obstruction as political tool

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In a Politico article today about the political state of the Democratic Party, it appears both party leaders and the base are increasingly leaning to a “a take-no-prisoners posture” aimed at a continued and total opposition to all Trump policies.

Leading Democratic strategists warn that the first signs will appear in midterm elections, in which the primary electorate will demand more than just marching outside the White House or grabbing a bullhorn at an arrivals lounge. They’ll be expecting something close to 100 percent rejection of Trump’s agenda — making the coming years complicated for members of Congress, who have to vote on it, rather than the governors and mayors who get to assume a more offensive posture.

Essentially, it appears that the Democratic Party is coalescing around a strategy similar to that used in Wisconsin against conservative Republican Governor Scott Walker, a strategy based on no compromise and no negotiation and included legislative boycotts, demonstrations, protests and occupations inside the statehouse.

In Wisconsin that political strategy was a total and utter failure. Not only did the Democrats fail to stop any of Walker’s policy initiatives, their actions apparently helped shift that state into Trump’s hands in the November Presidential election. I suspect it will result in the same utter failure in the 2018 midterm elections, which do not favor the Democrats anyway.

It is especially amusing to note the political experts the Politico quotes for its analysis. Mark Longabaugh was a senior strategist for Sanders, who lost. Jason Kander ran for a Senate seat in Missouri in 2016. He lost. Anne Caprara ran a PAC that strongly campaigned for Hillary Clinton, who lost. She also held important strategy positions in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2010 to 2014, a time period when the Democrats lost control of the Senate. Margie Omero has been a very visible pollster on television who consistently predicted that Hillary Clinton was almost certain to win the election. As we all know, Clinton lost.

And there’s Bob Shrum, who is given the most quotes, and says in support of the obstructionist strategy,

“This is a grass-roots reaction at a level of intensity that I haven’t seen in the Democratic Party since Vietnam,” said Shrum. “It even exceeds the reaction to Iraq, which was more a slow simmer than this kind of explosive reaction.”

Bob Shrum is also known as the man who has backed nine presidential Democratic candidates during the past three decades, all of whom lost. His record is so bad that it is known in Washington as the Shrum curse. The streak continued hilariously in the November election, when he announced just after Labor Day that the election was over and that Hillary Clinton was now certain to win. His curse immediately kicked in, as that was the exact moment her polls started to drop. And as with all of Shrum’s other political picks, she lost in the election.

As I noted last week, Einstein’s definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This is more evidence that the Democrats are following this mental path.



  • Cotour

    A friend just sent this to me, very appropriate:

    Fits the Democrats to a tee, 180 degrees from common sense, political correctness as political suicide.

    The Democrats need to be fought to the philosophical death, each and every day, I am hoping Trump has the stamina and the focus to do that daily fighting.

    America needs patriots like this Shrum.

  • “. . . I haven’t seen in the Democratic Party since Vietnam,”

    Not ‘America’, not ‘the country’, not even ‘the blue states’; just the ‘Democratic Party’. A rather insular and insulated group. We’re watching the implosion of the Democratic Party before our very eyes; I’m praying they don’t finish the country off with them.

  • LocalFluff

    I thought that Donald Trump was a bad loser, but look at the democrats!
    I Europe all parties to the so called right have always supported the democrats in the US. Republicans haven’t even been popular among nationalists before Trump. When you hear about a “right party” in Europe you know that it is far to the left of the Democrats.

  • Phil Berardelli

    It is now a given that the Democrats, the left, much of the media and liberals are almost entirely caught up in what has become known as Trump derangement syndrome. It’s a plague of anger and ugliness worse than I’ve ever seen, and that includes the riots and protests of the ’60s and early ’70s. A friend just this morning on Facebook called Donald Trump an “execrable human being.” I think the country is now immersed in a civil war without the shooting, in which the opponents of this administration will stop at nothing to unseat it. The coming years are going to require strong resolve among those of us who support the president and his policies, because the opponents will not relent. They also won’t engage in reasoned and civil discussion. The only option remaining is to continue to defeat them until they are so marginalized they can be ignored. It’s a sad state of affairs, but it’s true.

  • wayne

    Good stuff.

    Excellent point.

    well said.

  • Cotour

    And I continue: THE TREASON OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA Read it and weep.

    Just like Obamacare where you could not know what was in it until it was passed, the Iranian deal is revealed to be very much the same except that the president has willingly created an existential military threat to us all.

    I said it from the beginning, Barack Hussein Obama, philosophical Marxist, has committed treason in this and many other instances during his time in power. And now America and actual Americans are stuck with cleaning it all up. Another example of the consequences to elections.

  • pzatchok

    ‘Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.’

    Proverbs 24:17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

    What we need to do is come up with a national ad campaign putting these riots and violence directly into the Democrats laps and insinuate that they are encouraging it as a way to take back the government by intimidation. Almost terrorist like.

  • wayne

    along those lines– we need to retake the Culture, and twist it back against these people. (but that’s a longer-term Project.)

    D’Souza Confronts The Left’s Cultural Monopoly
    (April 2016)

  • Edward

    So much for schadenfreude.

  • wayne

    good stuff.

    The Simpsons – Schadenfreude

  • Re: Proverbs 24

    17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

    18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

    This appears to say that it’s not good to take pleasure in the travails of others (Schadenfreude). Although most translations render ‘enemy’, implying someone actively seeking to do you harm; other translations offer ‘wicked’, or a more general sort of bad actor. While we don’t want to be seen taking pleasure in the everyday misfortunes of others, An enemy’s detriment is often good for the people they are trying to harm. This is Old Testament Bible: there’s slaying and smiting going on all over the place; much of it at the hands of God.

    Perhaps more relevant to today:

    24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

    25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

  • LocalFluff

    Maybe the Democrats are frightened to negotiate with Donald Trump? They’ve always only negotiated with each other, never with a businessman. They don’t know where to begin and know that any negotiation would be a triumph for Trump, so they instead completely shut down their political and parliamentarian role. The robot concludes that it cannot accomplish anything, so it pulls the plug on itself.

  • Cotour

    The potential for the reconciliation between the two sets of laws created by Comey and Lynch for Clinton grows.

    But she must allocute to every and all violations of law, a very long list. And it should not be an umbrella agreement, each person in her organization must acquire their own deal. Both party’s leadership understand that this must take place.

    Hope springs eternal.

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