What the Hell Is Wrong With Senate Democrats? 4

2017-02-01 14:31:59 by T4N
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CommanderRazor said: ↑ Or even qualified. DeVos in particular. Aside from Mattis, I don't think it's unfair to say that they're largely people that are the exact opposite of who should be secretaries of those respective departments. Click to expand... I can't help feeling that the Democrats smarter members are keeping their powder dry on the ones which are just bad to try and focus on the most egregiously unqualified or compromised of the nominations. Opposing all of them and losing means they all become a blur, but focusing on the three or four worst (and Tillerson, who they genuinely have a chance to stop given the GOP's own misgivings about his Russian relationships), they can get the spotlights focused there. DeVos in particular is a great target for this - she's a massive donor but utterly unqualified for the job she's up for, and the focus on her has made her look like a moron who bribed her way to a place where she can shove her pet project down peoples throats. Any GOP member who votes to confirm her in the full light of day is going to be tied to that later, with video after video of her flailing under questioning, and it'll be hard to hide if the Dems have played their hand right. A scorched earth fight everything policy changes that around the other way - the GOP gets to pick which ones they point to, and they'll pick the ones where the only real objection is 'Trump nominated them', ie Mattis, so that they can fight on that ground while skimming over Betsy DeVos or Rick Perry, both of whom are far harder to defend on the merits. Generally, the situation for the Dems is that the last decade or so has been wasted at the local level and they've been feeling it this last year - no army of young up-and-comers vying for the hearts and minds of the party, generally anemic local party machinery, a derth of candidates in some areas of the country. The real hope of the wave of activism going on at the moment is that it can do for the Dems what the Tea Party did for the Republicans - inject a big dose of fresh blood into the system, so they can start working to take back the local levels. It's ironic really that this happened mostly under Obama, a person who was literally the poster child for the people working at that sort of level of politics - a former community organizer whose history was mostly at local level.

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