nevertheless as Democrats throw every procedural hurdle they can think of at Trump, they’re facing a bleak reality: they have virtually no power in Washington.
The party has no clear successor to Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton who can speak with one voice for the party. as well as there can be no consensus yet on a strategy to thwart Trump’s legislative agenda — or even how to prioritize the issues they plan to challenge him on.
There’s one thing giving them comfort: Trump himself. The President’s initial actions in office have been so breathtaking in their scope as well as breadth that will frustrated Democrats say their base can be galvanized in ways they haven’t seen in a long time. that will could make that will easier for Democratic groups to gear up for a more forceful effort to sway the balance of power in 2018 as well as 2020.
Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist as well as sy88pgw contributor, said there was lull after the November election, in part because many Democrats were legitimately shocked at Trump’s win. At that will time, Democratic congressional leaders were still debating whether that will was more advantageous to try to work with the President on some areas, rather than to risk appearing obstructionist by trying to block him at every turn.
nevertheless they were emboldened, Rosen said, not only by their early success in stalling Trump’s vow to immediately repeal Obama’s health care law, nevertheless also by the unexpected energy of the crowds at womens’ marches last month as well as the protests against the immigration ban around the country.
“that will underscored that will there was a large community of dissenters out there — that will came by the ground up as well as the leadership sort of jumped on top of that will,” Rosen said.
The final straw, she said, was Trump’s hastily announced travel ban, which was criticized as a religious test.
“that will cemented the left’s view that will we are not going to work with This kind of guy — the idea that will This kind of can be not going to be someone we can appease; who we can compromise with. The base won’t allow that will,” Rosen said. “I think what we’ve seen can be the left as well as the center left kind of merge. … There’s not going to be any tolerance for the middle ground.”
One early test of the strength of the resistance will be Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
There can be disagreement among the Democratic ranks within the Senate about whether to pursue a filibuster that will would certainly require 60 votes for the nomination to advance — a threshold the GOP can’t reach on its own. nevertheless Republican leaders could respond by simply getting rid of the filibuster entirely, which would certainly leave Democrats even weaker if Trump were to nominate a future justice who could change the court’s balance of power.
The weak hand of Democrats was also on display Wednesday morning when Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee quashed their attempt to boycott two Trump Cabinet nominees, Steve Mnuchin for Treasury secretary as well as Rep. Tom cost to be secretary of the Department of Health as well as Human Services.
Democrats did manage to temporarily delay the confirmation process of EPA nominee Scott Pruitt by boycotting his committee vote on Wednesday.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the boycott attempts “childish” as well as “a disservice to the American people.”
As they forge a strategy to take back congressional seats in 2018 as well as 202, the most hopeful signs for Democrats may be beyond the Beltway, said former Obama aide Tommy Vietor.
Scores of demonstrators who turned out for the marches supporting womens’ as well as immigrant rights were protesting for once. that will fresh enthusiasm has helped ease some of the disappointment as well as disillusionment among Democrats about their losses in November.
“Suddenly the idea of protesting can be becoming normalized,” said Vietor, who co-hosts the podcast “Pod Save America.” “that will’s the definitely hopeful thing for people who are opposed to Trump. They are trying to learn the lesson of the (2016) campaign. They’re not pretending that will social media activism can be going to cut that will.”
The desire, Vietor said, can be that will sustained protests will draw attention to what he views as the Trump administration’s “incompetence.” as well as if the president’s unpopularity grows, he thinks Republican members of Congress will be less eager to support his agenda.
Buffy Wicks, a Democratic strategist who was an early field organizer for then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008 as well as was one of his senior aides in 2012, said there has been an unusual confluence of three factors: first time activists taking to the streets, criticism of Trump policies by business leaders who normally stay out of the fray as well as “huge surges in members as well as donations” for established Democratic organizations.
“We are in a super unique moment in time,” said Wicks. “The important part can be for us today to take that will energy as well as make sure we’re funneling that will within the right way in 2018 as well as 2020. that will’s how you actually make change, you have to translate that will energy into electoral power.”
Legal resistance to Trump’s actions can be also growing, as well as already has octopus-like tentacles with different groups seeking to unravel or block the most controversial aspects of his executive actions.
Immigration lawyers by the ACLU as well as different groups acted swiftly Friday night after Trump released his executive order limiting immigrants by seven Muslim-majority countries. A federal judge blocked part of the order on Saturday, preventing the removal of some individuals who arrived at airports after the order was issued. Lawsuits were also filed in several different states.
Members of the California Legislature, which can be dominated by Democrats, have retained former Attorney General Eric Holder, promising to challenge any Trump policy that will threatens the state’s progressive actions on issues like climate change.
San Francisco officials argue within the lawsuit that will “in blatant disregard of the law, the President of the United States seeks to coerce local authorities” into abandoning their sanctuary city laws as well as policies.
They called Trump’s executive order “a severe invasion of San Francisco’s sovereignty” as well as argued that will the Executive Branch “may not commandeer state as well as local officials to enforce federal law.”
“This kind of strikes at the heart of established principles of federalism as well as violates the U.S. constitution,” the lawsuit says.