Schumer takes the Dem Party off a cliff
Republicans who shut down the government a few years ago learned the hard way what the American public thinks of politicians and/or political parties that either stop the wheels of government or boycott their responsibilities in Congress. The Republicans did this as well — and I wrote then — it was stupid, and would create years of backlash within the Republican base, and I was dead on, Trump is partially a result of that disgust with the R pols who were part of that shut down, the establishment tag was death this election..
Now I say the exact same thing to the Democratic leadership. Boycotting committee votes and hearings on Trump’s cabinet is just plain suicide. Actions which take a legislator out of the chamber while votes are held, and that don’t change the outcome of those votes — are always stupid — because they rob the politicians doing these stunts – of the support from their own base going forward, sometimes for years.
Obama made war on support in the base from Jews, whites, the undereducated middle class and Christians. If Schumer chases away the pragmatists, the voters who demand a functioning government and elected representatives who participate in the process – the base will fall below effective levels essential to be a national party.
Schumer needs to change, Pelosi needs to go — and they need Tom Perez at the helm of the DNC — the way the Titanic needed new leadership on the bridge over 100 years ago one chilly night. The warning signs are BLARING, the party needs to change course or hit a an iceberg of irrelevance.