It’s taken them a year to figure it out. But some Democrats have discovered that President Trump really does know how to get his agenda implemented.
In other words, all that talk about “winning” was not just bluster. He outlined what he wanted to get done, and has largely accomplished that agenda in his first term.
What remains to be finalized are immigration issues and the replacement for Obamacare. And even some of those goals have been accomplished via executive orders.
Obamacare has been largely gutted, and now exists mostly in name only. And the border wall is coming regardless of what Nancy Pelosi and her pals want.
More and more cracks are appearing in the Democratic opposition to the border wall. Now, Democratic congresswoman from California Jackie Speier has announced that she is ready to work with the president.
And it’s safe to assume that if one Democratic member of Congress is ready to cooperate on the wall, there are many more of the same persuasion who have simply not made their positions public yet.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., broke ranks with Democratic leaders on Thursday and said she is willing to work with President Trump and congressional Republicans on legalizing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in return for border wall funding.
“I’m willing to go, you know, midway with the president and the Republicans to fund higher-tech walls along our border, more border security, enhanced measures, but I really feel very strongly that our DACA kids need to be protected,” Speier told MSNBC host Craig Melvin, who seemed stunned by the statement.
This is probably all the heresy a Democrat can utter without getting excommunicated from the party. And it mirrors the position recently published by the Washington Post.
So what we might have here is a coordinated effort to at least take part of the credit for accomplishing something. After all, they certainly don’t want to be seen as just sitting around irrelevant as the Democrats did during the president’s tax bill success.
“‘To be clear, I want to clarify. You are okay with giving the president his wall in exchange for DACA?’ Melvin asked.
“‘I would be willing to give the president a high-tech wall, willing to give him some amount of money to build his wall to a certain degree,’ Speier said.”
We have all the makings of successfully passing legislation addressing these issues. It’s just a matter of working out the details along with plenty of political theater to satisfy supporters in both parties.
Proving they are yesterday’s leaders, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have both previously insisted the Democratic Party would not compromise on that request.
Those two offer nothing of value to the American people and are actually a drag on their own party. However, in the finest of political traditions, they remain either unaware of, or indifferent to, their own uselessness.
At least Pelosi and Schumer do one thing well. They demonstrate the sort of leaders who should be forced into retirement.
Meanwhile, they can watch a true leader, President Trump, work with selected members of the Democratic Party to move forward his agenda. It’s something to behold.