Democrats spoiling for a long fight with Trump White House

  • 8 January 2019
  • NormanL

Democrats are now in charge of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. What are they doing with this new responsibility? 

Some are determined to run the president out of town...and are expressing their sentiments with all the vulgarity we would expect from rabble rousers.

More practiced DC hands, however, intend to go after the administration the old fashioned way: through investigations...

Democrats want to investigate the Trump Hotel deal and President Donald Trump’s taxes. They want to haul up conflicted Cabinet officials and dig into controversial changes to the census and food stamps. They want to put Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under oath and investigate child detentions at the border.

The threat of subpoenas, investigations and oversight hearings will dominate the new House Democratic majority agenda, targeting the White House’s most controversial policies and personnel, spanning immigration, the environment, trade and of course, the biggest question of them all: Russian collusion.

“Over the last two years President Trump set the tone from the top in his administration that behaving ethically and complying with the law is optional,” House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said. “We’re better than that.”

Not always, Mr. Cummings. While this approach is sure to please the left's base, which prefers political theater to actual legislating, it's not a risk-free strategy: a party that spends its time roasting the White House may win applause from the peanut gallery. But it has to show more for its majority than a collection of hot takes on YouTube come the next election. And if Democrats learned nothing else from Republicans during the Obama years, it's that investigations are fickle things that do not always prove damaging to a president.

But they can make congressional investigators look like fools.