I’m going over and over the new stimulus proposal, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out how it will pass. Maybe it’s not supposed to. The tax cuts could be a trap, daring the Republicans to vote against them. Meanwhile, there’s no poo-pooing yet from the way too important conservadem Insufferables about whether they’ll vote for the infrastructure spending (you should call it JOBS spending, White House). It would shock me if they pledged to support it.
But there’s a bigger worry here. A trend is now being established in which the minority party obstructs everything the majority party tries to accomplish. Until this past half-decade, the minority party generally attempted to negotiate in good faith in order to have some sort of legislative record to brag about every two years. However, the Republicans have entirely rejected that time-tested strategy in favor of a record number of filibusters and obstructions. And it appears to have worked brilliantly for them, given their odds in November. At least, it will be perceived as successful, given the our stupid discourse and the shallow media narratives.
So, therefore, it’s possible now that a future Democratic minority, egged on by a vengeful base, will filibuster and obstruct everything a potential Republican Congress attempts to pass, simply because it seems to win votes. This behavior could bounce back and forth in perpetuity from Congress to Congress, with governing grinding to a halt.
Which is exactly what conservatives want. Drowned in a bathtub, etc., and whatnot.
Whoever came up with the plan to say “no” to everything might have been onto something. Something awful.