Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I can’t decide: Are the Dems hapless or feckless? Do they lack more hap or more feck?
Seriously: Why does it feel like the they got played again? I mean, for one brief shining moment I thought they might have had an injection of titanium into their spines, actually voting against the continuing resolution to keep the government open on Friday. By Monday all that titanium had leaked out of the obvious orifice.
I’m sure they got wind of polling that suggested the public was blaming them and Trump for the shutdown, with only 18% fingering the Republicans (and that does sound icky, I know). That meant they would have to have resolve, which is something we’ve all had trouble associating with the Democratic party.
Like Susan Collins before them (in exchange for her vote on the tax bill), they accepted a vague promise from Mitch McConnell to take up DACA and immigration reform sometime after February 8, when the latest agreement ends. But Collins already knows that McConnell was shining her on – as everyone at the time understood – and that her concerns about the tax bill will never be addressed. Then again, she, and the Dems, were probably just looking for cover for their votes. Both seem completely lame in the aftermath.
Now Chuck Schumer declares that Trump’s goofus wall is off the table because Trump backed away from the private agreement they’d made over cheeseburgers at the White House. Trump fires back: No wall, no DACA.
Guess who’s going to win that shootout …
At a time when the Dems need to consolidate their base and produce maximal turnout in the November elections, they’re serving lukewarm milquetoast for the next nine months.
I guess my question is easy to answer after all. Hapless is just unfortunate. Feckless is lacking strong character.