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After Avoiding Shutdown, Dems Agree: “Total Obstruction” of Trump the Goal

In the battle between moderate Democrats who want to work with President Trump and liberals who insist on “total obstruction,” the liberals are winning.

Schumer and Pelosi

Liberals who insist on blocking everything President Trump does or proposes are winning the battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, according to new reports out this week.

Politico noted the internal battle, but said that any idea of “building bridges” between Trump and Democrats “has now entered the realm of complete fantasy.”

More from Edward-Isaac Dovere:

In the Democratic debate about how to deal with Trump, total obstruction — similar to the Republican approach during Obama’s presidency, with hopes it’ll produce the same results in elections — is winning, and selective, principled compromise is starting to seem like a fever dream, despite anxiety in some quarters that Democrats will be blamed for more gridlock in Washington that voters clearly don’t want.

Democrats have also been busy purging their ranks of anyone who identifies as pro-life and keeping their election strategy for 2018 under lock and key. They made a deal with Republicans to keep the government open, but that funding deal will run out in September.

It’s bad enough that former Vice President Joe Biden implored a crowd of Democrats this weekend to “show” voters that Democrats remember them:

“The cadre of people who were all ours for so long … they doubted whether we still remembered,” the former vice president said, in his first major political speech since the inauguration. “I’m absolutely positive they want to be with us, but we have to prove again that we understand that hopelessness. … We have to show them, we have to be the source of their hope.”

It remains to be seen whether Democrats heed Biden’s warning, but “total obstruction” may not be the vision Biden spoke of.