As a Republican for over 30 years, I’m sometimes guilty of succumbing to the idea that the GOP in Saint Paul and DC are “The Stupid Party”. It’s learned behavior; they’ve fulfilled the prophecy all too often.
There are times that the GOP, at least in legislative bodies, feels like the Minnesota Vikings; great in concept, but they will always let you down when the chips are down.
It’s not true, of course – but the media, and the GOP’s own tendency toward circular firing squads, doesn’t help much.
But it’s encouraging to see the Dems have that problem, sometimes, too:
The turn of events Monday marked the most serious cracks in the unity Schumer has painstakingly built within his caucus since he became Democratic leader a year ago. After holding almost all Democrats together through fights over the Supreme Court, health care, taxes and even Friday’s vote that shut down the government, Schumer is now under attack from the left and confronting pointed criticisms of his negotiating skill.
His performance resulted in a Democratic-led shutdown — and an agreement with McConnell that provided no guarantee of a new immigration law. But multiple Democratic senators and aides told POLITICO in the aftermath that it might have been Schumer’s only way out: He couldn’t go against the bulk of his left-leaning caucus in fighting for DACA recipients. But he also could not allow the shutdown to drag on for so long that it began hurting his vulnerable incumbents.
When you’ve got Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer bagging on Chuckles Schumer, you know you’ve into comedy gold.