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NY Times: Weakened Dems Bow to Voters, Opting for War on Trump

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (AP)

By    |   Friday, 24 Feb 2017 11:02 AM

Democrats are meeting to choose a chairman for the Democratic National Committee this weekend while their leaders recognize that liberal supporters want face-offs against President Donald Trump and Republicans, according to The New York Times.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, vice chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, cited a "tornado of support" from supporters for the Democrats to take on Trump, The Times notes.

"My belief is, we have to resist every way and everywhere, every time we can. Ultimately, we'd like to have a few Republicans stand up to rein him in. The more air goes out of his balloon, the earlier and likelier that is to happen," Inslee told The Times.

The party knows that they have little political power at this time, due to being in the minority in both the House and the Senate and 33 state governors.

"They want us to impeach him immediately. And of course we can't do that by ourselves," Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky told The Times.

While voters are calling for resistance against Trump, Democrat Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware notes that opposing Trump is not a workable way to govern.

"There is vitriol and dislike for our new president. The challenge for us is to harness it in a productive way and a constructive way, and I think we will," Carper said.

Democratic supporters worry that the party may not challenge Trump enough. A Pew Research Center survey published Wednesday found that 72 percent of Democrats are concerned that the party would not adequately take on Trump.

"This isn't a time for polite parties anymore. This is a time to take a different posture of true aggressiveness," Christine C. Quinn, vice chairwoman of the New York State Democratic Committee, told The Times.

Protesters are making their opinions clear, and the Democrats hope to show that they are learning that lesson.

"Part of what I think the Bernie campaign taught us, even the Trump campaign taught us, and now the resistance is teaching us, is just ditch the consultants and consult with your conscience and constituents first," said Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oreg., told The Times he hopes to get a message through to Democratic voters. "Hey, we're here and we're fighting… we're doing things in the Senate that are less conventional," he said. 

The party will vote on Saturday in Atlanta to determine the party chairman. Top contenders include Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. The vote is expected to be tight, according to The Hill.

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Democrats are meeting to choose a chairman for the Democratic National Committee this weekend while their leaders recognize that liberal supporters want face-offs against President Donald Trump and Republicans, according to The New York Times.
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