Weakened Democrats Bow to Voters, Opting for Total War on Trump
WASHINGTON — Reduced to their weakest state in a generation, Democratic Party leaders will gather in two cities this weekend to plot strategy and select a new national chairman with the daunting task of rebuilding the party’s depleted organization. But senior Democratic officials concede that the blueprint has already been chosen for them — by an incensed army of liberals demanding no less than total war against President Donald Trump.
Immediately after the November election, Democrats were divided over how to handle Trump, with one camp favoring all-out confrontation and another backing a seemingly less risky approach of coaxing him to the center with offers of compromise.
Now, spurred by protests and angry phone calls and emails from constituents — and outraged by Trump’s swift moves to enact a hard-line agenda — Democrats have all but cast aside any notion of conciliation with the White House. Instead, they are mimicking the Republican approach of the last eight years and wagering that brash obstruction will pay similar dividends.
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, vice chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said there had been a “tornado of support” for wall-to-wall resistance to Trump. Inslee, who backed a lawsuit against the president’s executive order banning refugee admissions and travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, said Democrats intended to send a stern message to Trump during a conference of governors in the nation’s capital.
华盛顿州州长杰伊·英斯利(Jay Inslee)是民主党州长协会(Democratic Governors Association)的副主席，他说，目前有一股支持全面抵抗特朗普的“龙卷风”。在特朗普发布针对七个穆斯林占多数国家的旅行禁令以及难民收容禁令之后，英斯利曾支持对此提起诉讼，他说，民主党人打算在首都举行的州长会议上向特朗普发出严厉信息。
Some in the party fret that a posture of hostility to the president could imperil lawmakers in red states that Trump won last year, or compromise efforts for Democrats to present themselves to moderate voters as an inoffensive alternative to the polarizing president.
Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress and 33 governorships, and they are preparing to install a fifth conservative, Neil Gorsuch, on the Supreme Court.
Further, because of changes to Senate rules that were enacted under Democratic control, the party has been unable to block Trump’s Cabinet nominees from being confirmed by a simple majority vote.
Democrats have few instruments to wound Trump’s administration in the manner their core voters are demanding.