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Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:51 AM

"The Second Time as Farce"

"Many conservatives are bracing for the worst, but we are more sanguine. The incoming Democratic majority is no cohesive, unified crew. Indeed, the 116th Congress looks a lot like the 112th, in which Republicans held a 42-seat majority. The 2010 election had been a blow to Barack Obama, but the GOP on the Hill was hopelessly divided between “establishment” Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, and “establishment” Republicans trying to mimic Tea Party Republicans. It led to the creation of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of around 40 members whose chief aim, it often seemed, was to block any legislative reform on the grounds that it “didn’t go far enough.” What began as a good and necessary corrective to the unprincipled transactionalism of the GOP leadership turned into obstructionism for the sake of obstruction."

"House Democrats seem determined to reenact this play, but the divisions are more or less the inverse. As Republicans were dominated by lawmakers whose chief aim was staying in power but who were thwarted at every point by a vocal minority increasingly preoccupied with its own righteousness, so today’s Democratic powerbrokers in the House are united only by opposition to Trump and appear destined for conflict with a young and arrogant minority who consider the senior members of their own party just as much the enemy."

"The deficiency of ideas is one reason Democrats attribute their losses to anything and everything but their own party. Whereas Republicans blame each other for their defeats—this side was too rigid on abortion and same-sex marriage, that side was too lax on immigration—Democrats blame everybody buteach other: Russian trolls, gerrymandering, voter suppression, white racism, and whatever other conspiracy theory looks momentarily plausible."

https://www.weeklystandard.com/the-editors/speaker-nancy-pelosi-the-second-time-as-farce

Great piece.

If things play out the way the writer frames them it will be another waste of time by congress and a missed opportunity by the democrats.

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Independent.mind Dec 2018 OP
Currentsitguy Dec 2018 #1
Independent.mind Dec 2018 #2
Carl Dec 2018 #3
Independent.mind Dec 2018 #4
Carl Dec 2018 #5
Independent.mind Dec 2018 #6
Carl Dec 2018 #7

Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:56 AM

1. I think Congress is institutionally incapable of anything else.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:15 PM

2. They certainly have been in recent memory.

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Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:08 PM

3. They are handcuffed by their lunatic base out for revenge for losing the Presidency and

infatuated with marxism.

Get ready for 2 years of their own repeal and replace but on steroids.
They may very well reduce the House to nothing but a sham chamber.

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Response to Carl (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:31 PM

4. Time will tell.

I have to say 7 years of republican repeal and replace made them look pretty foolish when they couldn't actually do it when there was a real chance it would pass.
Kinda showed the entire thing to be nothing but political theater.

Democrats are not very adept at finding ways to get meaningful things accomplished when they don't have a power majority so this house has a steep uphill climb to show themselves to be truly interested in working for the good of the nation, which would be good for the party as well.

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Response to Independent.mind (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:43 PM

5. They had all that in 2010 and created one of the worst laws ever.

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Response to Carl (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:49 PM

6. No arguement on that

Republicans had complete control and couldn't get rid of that bad law.

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Response to Independent.mind (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 02:56 PM

7. You know as well as I do how tough it is to undo a welfare gift.

Beyond philosophical issues they never funded it legally so as to hide the true costs as well as try to cover for the lies used to "sell" it.

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