Looking for civility from our elected officials in Washington, D.C.?
Forget about it.
Bipartisan cooperation is a phrase that is infrequently used and rarely practiced.
Obstruction, delay, and resistance are the tactics of the Democrats’ Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and his counterpart in the House Nancy Pelosi.
Hardly a day goes by that Schumer or Pelosi don’t throw out an unsubstantiated charge with no bearing in fact, just to see what will stick.
Shocked by the election of Donald Trump — the Democratic leadership is reflecting the desire of its base — which is to obstruct by any means and whatever the costs.
Exhibit number one is the stonewalling the confirmation of President’s cabinet nominees. Several times during the confirmation process Democratic Senators just didn’t bother to show up for confirmation hearings nor meet with prospective cabinet secretaries.
And gone is the day when the previous recent occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave refrained from commenting on his or her successor. Note — former President Obama’s statement through a press release just ten days after president Trump’s inauguration which quoted him…
“I’m heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”
He was of course referring to the organized protests that took place after President Trump issued his executive order on immigration that imposed a 90-day travel time out for seven countries in the Mideast that the Obama Administration identified as war torn and or failed states in most instances.
In his statement Mr. Obama went on to say, that he fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith and religion.
However, Mr. Obama failed to note that in 2011 — citing security concerns — the Obama State Department banned all refugees from Iraq for six months.
Make no mistake about it Obama intends to stay active in national politics and he will do it from our nation’s capital.
The Obamas are now ensconced in a posh $6.4 million home that they have rented with ten garage spaces in upper Northwest Washington.
The company line is they intend to stay their only for a year — so that their daughter might finish her school year.
Don’t bet on it. Call me cynical, but the temptation will be too great for Mr. Obama not to engage. My guess is, he will not wait long.
Most likely, the ex-president will do an in depth interview with his old pal Steve Croft at 60 Minutes who will toss him softball questions and Mr. Obama will wax poetic about the current state affairs in America and around the world.
Prospective Democrat candidates for U.S. Senate and for the 2020 presidential race will seek him out and he will dole out his sage advice complete with a photo op.
And make no mistake about it Mr. Obama’s political entity Organizing for Action (OFA) is up and running and already causing disruption.
With Obama’s donor contacts and the indirect support of folks like billionaire “leftist” George Soros — OFA will be a potent political force in the mid-term and the 2020 elections.
Resistance is the tactic — and who better to lead the “resistance” then the transformative figure of Barack Obama?
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