Good morning and happy Friday all.
We’ve touched on this subject multiple times in the past few days so figured I would lead with this:
The Democrats’ flawed Donald Trump strategy won’t protect us by Daniel José Camacho
onald Trump has wasted no time rolling out several draconian measures impacting women’s reproductive rights and immigrants. There has been a flurry of nonsensical and dangerous statements, including attacks on journalists, denials of realities such as climate change and the promotion of outright lies. Meanwhile, there is now officially no single Democrat left who has consistently opposed every one of Trump’s cabinet nominees.
Senator Elizabeth Warren’s shift from grilling Ben Carson to voting to approve him for the top job at the Housing and Urban Development agency has puzzled many. Her explanation that she has continued concerns about Carson’s inexperience for the position but was swayed by his promises is feeble at best. Ardent Democratic party loyalists and centrist commentators are rationalizing away these votes but fail to see the larger picture.
In the past days, top Democratic officials expressed a pragmatic strategy to pick battles and strategically work with Republicans and Trump’s administration on certain areas in order to create a wedge between conservatives who have ideological differences. Yet, this tactic is freighted with problems.
First, it assumes a good faith in Republicans that they will work with Democrats to mitigate Trump’s damage if the Democrats behave nicely. Second, in looking for a rift among conservatives, this tactic papers over deep rifts the Democratic party has within itself and its progressive base. Third, this tactic continues to assume a normal democratic chess game in what is quickly become an anti-democratic regime.
As of Thursday morning, some Democrats have said the “grace period” is over and are calling for a scorched earth campaign against Trump. The relationship this strategy will have to the pick-your-battle tactic described above remains unclear.
Yet, the credibility of this party’s establishment continues to nosedive. As millions of people, including a large segment of the party’s base, mobilized for women’s marches across the United States (and beyond) in fierce opposition to Trump, many top Democrats skipped marching to attend a luxury donor retreat hosted by political operative David Brock.
I cannot clip anymore of the article, but the last paragraph is spot on and worth clicking the link for alone.
The rest of todays news/etc will go in the comments. Hope to see you there!