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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Democrats for Gridlock

Gallup reports:
The majority of Democrats nationally believe it is more important for their party's leaders in Congress to stick to their beliefs even if little gets done, rather than compromise with the Trump administration to get things done. More than two-thirds of Republicans, in sharp if not unexpected contrast, believe it is more important for Democratic leaders to compromise with the administration.
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Democratic leaders in Congress now find themselves having to deal with a Republican in the White House, while at the same time occupying the minority position in both the House and the Senate. This means Democrats have to choose between playing a spoiler role in holding back what Trump and the Republicans would like to do -- much like Republicans did under Obama -- and compromising and attempting to work with Trump and the Republicans to get things done. Rank-and-file Democrats' clear direction to their leaders in Congress is to adopt more of the former role, sticking to principles even at the risk of stalling new legislation.