Well now. It appears that Democratic liberals in Congress are rising up to give their leaders as much grief as the tea party Republicans are set to do to their leaders.
Excellent! That’s the Democratic Party with which I came of age back in the 1960s.
The defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate seems to have juiced up the lefty caucus on Capitol Hill. They’re set to do battle with the more, um, “establishment” members of the Democratic minority in both congressional houses.
It’s looking like we might have two intraparty squabbles erupting in Congress when the next body convenes in January.
The president is stuck having to deal now with two warring factions within each party. He’s bound to anger the extremists on the left, too.
As Politico reported:
“I will use whatever tools I have as a senator to protect the environment,” said Sen. (Jeff) Merkley, a liberal from Oregon. Asked if he could ever envision himself performing a Rand Paul-style talking filibuster in the Republican Senate, (Sheldon)
Whitehouse of Rhode Island replied: “Oh, of course. We will have more tools in the minority than we had in the majority.”
The liberals don’t like President Obama any more than the conservatives do, or so one might be led to think.
Which begs the question: If Obama is ticking off conservatives so much, how is it he can do the same thing to liberals?
A truism in journalism is that if you’re angering both sides of an argument, then you’re doing a good job.
Not so in politics.