The backbone of the Democratic Party will be tested in the month of January. It begins with a fight over whether the federal government of the United States of America will remain open or shut. They have been waiting for this fight and now it may have arrived.
Democrats are struggling to create solid reasons for the electorate to vote for them in the November elections. This fight is the core purpose to enable that showcase.
Their record is weak the last few months. The Trump challenge to their priorities has hindered their quest. Those would include immigration and health care. Liberals are frothing at the bit to engage the growing popularity of the president.
The Republicans have answered their call to a fight with short-term funding bills. Another spending deadline approaches Jan. 19 and Democrats have drawn a line in the sand.
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., dashed off a letter to her minions earlier in the week laying out her call to fight. Her priorities include parity between defense and nondefense spending hikes and her pet project to protect the young immigrants affected by President Trump’s move to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Other items on her agenda include new funding for veterans, pensions, the opioid crisis, health research, disaster aid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
It is Pelosi’s belief that these items are what will engage the American people after the tax plan signed by President Trump. She ultimately believes this is the time for Democrats to fulfill their liberal agenda and it is what America demands.
Pelosi and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., outlined that case Wednesday. They met with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and two leading White House officials — Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, and Marc Short, the head of legislative affairs.
The meeting was called to hopefully reach an agreement across the aisle on the budget caps for a debate of her priorities listed above. Months of previous bipartisan negations have not settled this issue. The mood of the country over the past six months has changed greatly and the Trump administration and friendly lawmakers know it.
Pelosi is desperately trying to soothe the feelings of immigration advocates, but is it resonating with the country as a whole? Are her priorities not in step with the country’s wishes? Are the Democrats in danger of losing their grip on a core voting base of Hispanics?
This week immigrant rights advocates joined a key campaign contribution sector of the DNC — Hollywood celebrities. The rally featured Alyssa Milano and America Ferrera, staunch Latino activists and movie actors.
In the wake of scandals involving movies mogul Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey, does this resonate with the American people reeling from the bad behavior of the left? Is Nancy Pelosi reaching back one too many times for drama from a tired source of enthusiasm?
Ady Barkan, a spokesman from the activist group CPD Action, summed up the current mood of the Democratic Party this week by saying, "DREAM Act or primaries. We need Democrats to deliver on their promise to pass a DREAM Act now or we will put our full weight behind primary challengers who are ready to protect our communities."
There is real pressure for the besieged Pelosi to deliver. But can she? Even one of her closed immigration allies, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., is pessimistic in the era of Trump.
Last Tuesday he told The Hill.com, "With new people becoming deportable every day, House and Senate leaders in both parties should not underestimate the urgency and the passion behind getting the DREAM Act passed right away. Our base wants us to fight for what is right, to take a stand against the bigotry and callousness coming from the White House. It’s backbone time for Democrats."
National polling clearly shows that many Americans are weary of the Democrats and their ongoing insistence for their version of immigration reform. For many it appears the Democrats are more concerned about preserving their voting base than the security of the citizens living in this country.
There is a growing alarm within the ranks of Democratic lawmakers in Washington that Pelosi is past her prime. There is little doubt that past accomplishments in the fundraising part of their party is sterling. But her dependence on outdated models of American opinion may be a sparkplug for future surprises they won’t like come November.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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