THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Seeding a Democratic Defeat in 2016
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Notwithstanding the accident that left him blind in his right eye and with four broken ribs, Minority Leader Harry Reid labored hard to show he was still in command during his month’s forced absence from the Senate. Aides claimed he worked the phones from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., making as many as 60 calls a day.
But it is difficult to lead a demoralized legislative caucus from a Ritz Carlton condo across town from Capitol Hill. Democratic senators watched Assistant Minority Leader Dick Durbin and Conference Vice Chairman Chuck Schumer jostle each other, with conference Secretary Patty Murray nearby to break up the competition if needed.
The troika could do little but urge the caucus to vote no. Yet there were 16 roll-call votes on amendments by Jan. 22—more than the Senate considered in 2014. On Jan. 29 nine Democrats defected to pass a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This is evidence the upper chamber is again a functioning legislative body.
Mr. Reid’s return to the Senate Tuesday changes little. By choosing confrontation over conciliation and posturing over legislating, President Obama has forced congressional Democrats into being obstructionists. They are fast becoming the Party of No. Only moderate Democrats willing to buck the White House and constructively legislate can change this hardening impression.
Mr. Obama’s agenda is unlikely to fix the party’s problems. Its elements are not all that popular with voters or even congressional Democrats. It’s hard to envision Democratic candidates in swing districts running under the fiscally irresponsible banner of “Free Community College.” The president’s proposal is especially ironic as the administration attempts shutting down for-profit colleges that do a better job of retaining and graduating the kind of students Mr. Obama says he’s championing.
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