In 2009, Republicans found themselves in the minority. Democrat Barack Obama moved into the White House. Democrat Sen. Harry Reid was Senate Majority Leader. Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi was House Speaker of the House.
The Democrats controlled everything and from the very beginning made it known that they had no intention of working with Republicans. They demanded that Republicans cave in to all of their demands and compromise their position in order to allow the Democrats to rule.
A prime example was demonstrated by Harry Reid when Obama and Democrats were trying to get a set of jobs bills passed in 2011 when President Obama accused Republicans of not compromising on his jobs bill. In fact, House Republicans passed more than 12 jobs bills that went to the Democratic controlled Senate, where Reid refused to even allow most of them to be reviewed by committee. Reid admitted to only reading 1 of the 12 House bills and refused to read or even consider the other 11 just because they came from the House Republicans.
The same thing happened with the Bush era tax cuts and budget bills. Democrats always held out, refusing to budge on what they wanted and then told the public that it was all the Republicans’ fault for being unwilling to compromise.
Remember the infamous Sequester back in 2013. To begin with, Obama was the one that insisted on creating the terms of the Sequester. He tried to use it as a tool to force Republicans into submission to his dictatorial agenda. When Republicans refused to compromise, Obama and the Democrats again lied and told the nation that it was all the Republicans’ fault, not their own.
Now, Republican Donald Trump is in the White House. Republican Harry Reid is Senate Majority Leader and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is Speaker of the House. Trump and Republicans have tried offering an olive branch to Democrats and expressed a desire to work in a more bipartisan way than previously, however, Washington’s Democrats are so bitter about losing the November election, that some of them have openly stated that they will opposed everything the Republicans try to do, regardless if the people want it or not.
Democrats were unwilling to compromise with Republicans when the Democrats had control of Congress and the White House and now they are unwilling to compromise on anything because the Republicans are in control.
So, how do voters feel about Washington’s Democrats and if the Democrats will have any impact on Washington politics?
According to a recent poll, 57% of likely voters said they don’t think Democrats will be able to stop President Trump’s plans. Only 37% said they believe that Democrats in Congress will be able to stop or change Trump’s plans or Republican legislation.
When dividing it up by political party, only 45% of Democrats responding to the poll said they believed that Democrats in Congress would be able to stop or change any of Trump’s agenda while 51% of Democrats polled said there was little to nothing Democrats in Congress could do that would make a difference.
The shoe is on the other foot and Democrats don’t like it, but they only have themselves to blame.
Ironically, many congressional Democrats are complaining and licking their wounds and they don’t like not being in the driver’s seat, but they have failed to learn any lessons from the past. If they expect Republicans to ever work them, then they have to work with Republicans and vice versa. How can Democrats ever expect to see bipartisanship in Congress if they’re not willing to work towards it.