Who is a greater political liability to Democrats? Republicans in general? Donald Trump in particular?
Or is it safe-seat Democrats, who have nothing to lose personally, and use their invulnerability to say and do things that damage Democrats in competitive situations?
I have blogged about this several times over recent months. And, today, these excerpts from Jesse. J. Holland’s article in the Boston Globe, have spurred me to do so again:
Representative Maxine Waters doesn’t expect to pose for a photo with President Trump anytime soon.
In fact, the California congresswoman plans to boycott any meeting, event, ceremony, or public event with the president, at the White House or even in her home district of Los Angeles.
‘‘I don’t see myself meeting with him, sitting down with him, believing anything he would say, or even respecting anything he would say,’’ Waters said in an inteview with The Associated Press. ‘‘It would not be honest on my part to go to any ceremonies with him or to pretend I am having a decent conversation with him.’’
And if Trump personally invited her to the White House for a conversation? ‘‘I wouldn’t go,’’ she said emphatically.
In other words, Maxine Waters can’t stand Donald Trump. So she is voluntarily cutting herself off from any contact – thus any ability to deal with the President of the United States, petition him for actions that benefit her district, or influence him to move more in her direction on political issues.
This is not the behavior – or maturity level – befitting a member of congress. This doesn’t make it past running for President of the fourth grade class at your local elementary school. But there it is.
A first-person diatribe, which boils down to I don’t like Trump so YOU have no chance at being represented for the next two years – which, scarily, will result in her being hailed as some kind of a hero in the district she is not representing.
And m- keeping in mind that this is an Associated Press article published by the Boston Globe – how does the writer of this article characterize Waters and her attitude?
Waters has served in Congress for a quarter-century. Now she’s turned into the passionate voice of resistance against the Trump administration.
That’s a “passionate voice of resistance”????????
As you might guess, rest of the article is entirely sympathetic to Waters.
Let me make this very simple to understand:
-Donald Trump was an unelectable political novice who had no business winning the presidency. But he did win – in no small part because Democrats are increasingly allowing people like Waters, who have no fear of ever being defeated at the polls, saying the dumbest most counterproductive things imaginable.
–They are not damaged politically, but they do incalculable damage to their party.
Yet now, having lost the Presidency, both houses of congress, two-thirds of the governorships and more than two-thirds of the statehouses, instead of recalibrating, they are doubling down.
Where are the Democrat leaders, telling people like Waters – and she is not by any means the only one – to, for the sake of the party, just shut up for a while?
They don’t seem to exist…which is why, other than acting as a hard-left obstructionist force, the Democrat Party doesn’t seem to exist.