DEMOCRATS DEAL WITH A RICK­ETY ‘RE­SIS­TANCE’

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The Demo­cratic Party is still flail­ing against the dom­i­nant po­lit­i­cal force in Amer­ica, which is Pres­i­dent Trump, his ad­min­is­tra­tion and the mil­lions of vot­ers who stood up to be counted in 2016. It’s nor­mal for the los­ing party to have an iden­tity cri­sis, and the pro­to­cols are al­ways the same: The suf­fer­ing party con­ducts an in­ter­nal “au­topsy,” is­sues mea cul­pas, vows to find prac­ti­cal an­swers, trots out a few new slo­gans, then sched­ules a re­treat to the moun­tains or sea­side, os­ten­si­bly for soul-search­ing. And maybe cock­tails.

The Democrats have not reached this stage yet, how­ever. They con­tinue to call for “re­sis­tance” from loyal mem­bers, even as some of them ques­tion whether the old guard lead­er­ship is up to the task af­ter some hair-rais­ing de­feats and sub­stan­tial losses of cam­paign funds.

“I think the first step to get­ting to a win­ning strat­egy is a change in lead­er­ship,” a can­did Rep. Kath­leen M. Rice, New York Demo­crat, told CNN, later adding, “I just don’t think that the lead­er­ship we have right now can take us where this party needs to go.”

Iron­i­cally, there is plenty of re­sis­tance in the Demo­cratic Party — but it’s “to new lead­ers,” points out Michael Ahrens, rapid re­sponse di­rec­tor for the Repub­li­can Party.

“For a party that con­stantly makes sanc­ti­mo­nious charges against Repub­li­cans for be­ing stuck in the past, it sure doesn’t sound like the Democrats’ cur­rent lead­er­ship is open to change — or in­put from any­one un­der the age of 65 who hasn’t been in power for decades,” ob­serves Mr. Ahrens.

“Trump re­sis­tance will never be a tea party for Democrats,” says Tay­lor Bu­dowich, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Tea Party Ex­press, a po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee founded in 2009 when the his­toric grass-roots move­ment grabbed head­lines, then sur­prise vic­to­ries in the 2010 midterm elec­tions.

“The dif­fer­ence be­tween the two move­ments is sim­ple: the tea party’s mes­sage cap­tured vot­ers the Repub­li­can Party failed to reach. The re­sis­tance merely re-or­ga­nized those Clin­ton vot­ers who have yet to ac­cept Trump’s vic­tory and cling to the ‘Not My Pres­i­dent’ hash­tag. That’s not the for­mula for a po­lit­i­cal revo­lu­tion, it’s just sour grapes,” Mr. Bu­dowich writes in a USA To­day op-ed. grilling gov­ern­ment spokes­peo­ple or their sur­ro­gates,” he con­tin­ues, adding, “Kelly would never re­sort to clearly lame hand­out quotes and ‘Well, I’ll have to ask the pres­i­dent’ dodges. It’s easy to imag­ine her end­ing each ques­tion with, ‘when you’ve done your home­work and know what you’re talk­ing about, come back [and] try again. Next.’”

THE WASH­ING­TON TIMES

“Trump re­sis­tance will never be a tea party for Democrats,” said a Tea Party Ex­press di­rec­tor, de­cry­ing the left’s anger with the pres­i­dent.

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