Trouble in paradise?
Turns out, the Senate Democrats’ shutdown cave-in has more than a few of their fellow party members over in the House upset at the lack of a firm DACA commitment from Republicans, according to The Hill. After all, from the Leftist perspective, wasn’t that the point of the whole thing?
To put it mildly, the base is NOT pleased.
“If there were ever a case for the undemocratic nature of the Senate, this confirms it. They are out of touch with where the grass-roots of this party is,” said first term California Rep. Ro Khanna, an ardent open borders liberal. “I don’t see what we got out of this.”
“It’s as if the marches yesterday didn’t happen,” continued Khanna. “I mean, thousands and thousands of people marching for a vision of progressive politics, and within 24 hours they’re sold out.”
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez was equally dejected, saying, “I thought they were going to stand tall and firm. They blink, they just do.”
Texas Rep. Filemon Vela criticized fellow Dems who, even for an instant, ceded the idea of new border wall construction, saying they are thinking “so little of border residents” so as to “disregard of the impact on border communities.”
“Beyond the stupidity of offering unmatched concessions and negotiating against themselves, my colleagues have begun to refer to the border wall in the same way Trump’s base speak about Dreamers and undocumented people,” said Vela.
The brouhaha highlights the longstanding debate between the hard-left, Bernie-style socialist wing of the Democratic party versus its more centrist elements. Recognizing that Democrats have little leverage on legislating protection for DACA recipients other than giving things President Trump wants, like a border wall and an end to chain migration, Leftists instead hinged their prospects on tying the protections to the government spending bill. What they didn’t count on, as Democratic senators surely assessed, was that a significant percentage of the American public was having none of it.
And to make matters worse for Dems, the disagreement could complicate their party’s prospects going forward.
The Hill’s Mike Lillis writes, “The friction threatens to weaken the Democrats’ hand heading into the next shutdown deadline, Feb. 8; undermine their bid to win protections for DACA recipients; and complicate their efforts to rally behind a unified message ahead of November’s midterm elections, when both chambers are in play.”
For her part, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended Senate Democrats, saying “They did what they had to do. They advanced the cause.”
So, how can the two sides make up?
Khanna says the transgressors must apologize and present “a realistic plan about [how] we’re going to get a vote for the Dreamers.”
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