Today’s paragraphs come to us from Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard. They are the lead-in to a very informative, very logical and very telling article about how badly the Democrats’ so-called “resistance” strategy is failing.
Here they are:
Shocked by Donald Trump’s election, Democrats adopted a strategy of resistance that’s simple and blunt: Anything Trump is for, they’re against. It’s turned out to be one of the least successful strategies a political party has ever pursued. Yet Democrats have stuck to it.
At least resistance does have one benefit. It assures Democrats they’re operating on higher moral ground than Republicans. This may explain why their commitment to resist Trump didn’t flag in 2017. They didn’t bother with offering an alternative tax bill. Their job is to resist.
The result has been a string of failures. And passage of Trump’s tax reform bill in the House and Senate last week is the worst. Every Democrat opposed it. The bill is filled with provisions Democrats hate and others long sought by Republicans. For Democrats, it was a loser across the board.
The article goes on to detail just how damaging this strategy has been to the Democrats’ agenda – how much they have lost, even in the tax legislation, by being nothing but a monolithic “no” vote on everything Republican, everything Trump.
Whose strategy is this, anyway? The same tired, stale leadership which, over the past decade, has turned Democrats into a minority party? It sure seems so.
Fred Barnes wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for showing us what Democrats are doing wrong and – though certainly not the conservative Barnes’ intention – giving them a road map for righting the ship and doing better in the future….
…which, if the Clinton/Schumer/Durbin/Pelosi/Hoyer crowd stays in charge, will probably be wasted on them.