Senate Democrats have launched what will be known as its search for Red RINOs to wreck Donald Trump’s promises to the American voters.
(Yes, I know Democrats are blue, not red, but I’m an old Tom Clancy fan, and no fan of the old USSR, so I’ll stick with Red as long as Democrats keep those days fresh in my mind.)
On straight party-line votes, the Democrats can’t stop anything. Their only hope is to peel Republicans away from the President on every policy and piece of legislation, by way of not only creating a legislative front, but also creating in the people’s minds that Trump and his policies are unpopular and failing.
So far, that is not working except in elite-blue urban sectors of America which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary anyway. All the media outrage we are seeing right now is coming from those same places, while Trump immigration actions are actually playing very well in the other 65% of the country. The loud barking of the media are largely being directed at each other, having no effect, or, with a look to 2018, putting any Republican’s congressional job at risk.
To spice the pot, the Democrats are now introducing legislation to reverse Trump’s immigration orders, which almost for sure hasn’t a chance in the House, but which may draw a few Republicans out. Susan Collins would be almost a sure thing any day, and there are several senators who may, on this issue, can be sweated once the CNN-NBC-ABC cameras are turned on them.
This tactic then, is to test Trump’s ability to keep GOP senators in the fold, or his skill at negotiating, since most Republican Red RINOs are good at doing tit-for-tat deals with other Republicans. It’s been a long time since any of these senators have done anything “just for the good of the country.” And the only people they ever surrender to outright are Democrats. (Stockholm Syndrome), who currently are unable to pull that trigger.
Finally, and this is the Democrats’ biggest risk, is that this will also be a test of Trump’s ability to woo congressional Democrats into his camp, on a issue-by-issue basis, simply because of his broad appeal with many of their voters, and the fact that Democrats will be feeling much more election heat in 2018 than Republicans. The art of the deal.
If Trump is able to succeed in his promises, especially the Big One he made in his inaugural address, that henceforward the People will be in charge of America and not the DC establishment, then the Democrats, and the Red RINOs, know their days are numbered, so look for it to get messy. And don’t look for much encouraging news via the media.
I think Donald Trump is out in front of this Democrat strategy. He has been in every other Democrat and Media joint-endeavor the past 12 months (need to include the GOP-E in this as well). So I assume he knows who the likely suspects will be on his side, and who the likely targets will be on the Democrat side.
Grab the popcorn. Just don’t go wobbly. What we are seeing now has been expected.