'Resistance Means Resisting': Dems Accused of Being Too Soft on Trump

From Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) backing unqualified Housing and Urban Development nominee Ben Carson, to 14 Senate Democrats voting to confirm torture supporter Mike Pompeo as CIA chief, to the looming possibility that any Democrat might support Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, progressives have reason to fear that Democratic opposition to the Trump administration is weaker than it needs to be—even in the face of a fervent and growing resistance movement.

“Resistance means resisting,” Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas wrote Thursday in response to Warren’s committee vote on Carson. “All those people in the streets last Saturday didn’t march for Democrats to make nice with the GOP. They marched to resist—whether it’s Trump, or his acolytes like Carson. And if even progressive champions like Warren can’t figure that out, we really are in trouble.”

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Republicans learned this lesson in 2009, Huffington Post reporters Jennifer Bendery and Ryan Grim wrote this week, referring to the “wave of populist protests [that] swept across the country” and essentially forced GOP leaders to adopt an obstructionist agenda.

“Elected Democrats are now facing the same challenge, as a fired-up progressive base is marching far ahead of the party leadership,” said Bendery and Grim. “Democrats are scrambling to keep up.”

Referring to the Women’s March on Washington and global solidarity actions, they noted: “This newfound energy is driving throngs of people into the political process―and it’s quickly being turned against Democratic politicians for being soft on [President Donald] Trump, whether it’s by approving his cabinet nominees or signaling a willingness to work with him.”

But senators “appear unwilling to do what their base is asking,” according to the Washington Post, which pointed to this week’s committee and full Senate votes on Carson; Pompeo; Nikki Haley, Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations; Wilbur Ross to serve as commerce secretary; and Elaine Chao to lead the Transportation Department; as well as last week’s votes on Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly.

“Senate Dems’ response to millions taking to the streets is beyond disappointing,” Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of the online advocacy group UltraViolet, told HuffPost. “It is outright shameful.”

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Furthermore, it’s also not what the party needs, Sarah Jones argued Tuesday at the New Republic:

And while some Democrats cite 2018 re-election concerns as justification for caving to the Trump agenda, that knife cuts both ways.

As Charles Pierce wrote Thursday at Esquire, “Any Democratic senator who votes to confirm Jefferson Beauregard Sessions as Attorney General should immediately be rendered dead to the party and to every Democratic voter in the country.”

“[R]esistance to the Sessions nomination is a bright line in the sand beyond which should be found nothing but exile,” Pierce declared.

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