Why were Democrats against radical Republicans?
While the Republicans are torn, the Democrats are threatening to escalate
Many Republican politicians are caught in the tension between public support for Trump and private rejection. The Democrats are taking advantage of this weakness to increase polarization. That will take revenge.
The Republican Party has not only been exposed to special internal forces since Donald Trump mixed up American politics. Like a volcano, it has been plagued by eruptions time and again. Her sister, the Democratic Party, is not immune to this either - one only needs to look at contemporary testimonies from the 1960s. When society moves, there is a crack in the framework of the parties.
Many supporters and voters of the Republican Party, despite their differences, have one thing in common. They believe that familiar America is slipping away from them and being replaced by something they do not accept. The Grand Old Party of yore has become the party of anger, which in turn fueled Trump's success. That was not without consequences. Anger washes all sorts of unsavory things to the surface like a storm over water.
Since Trump became their presidential candidate in the spring of 2016, many Republicans have been torn between their public and private opinions. They didn't think much of the New York building lion and self-promoter, but he was the only one who could beat Hillary Clinton. Afterwards, as one congressman even publicly said, he was "an asshole, but our asshole."
Trump's role as president and party leader of the Republicans has attracted imitators who are just as filthy, careless and aggressive as their idol and are therefore successful with the electorate. They include MP Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia. But there was always room for more traditional figures, representatives of the establishment like MP Liz Cheney.
Because of the election of their president, Republicans have to reorient themselves, and at the same time they suffer from a vacuum at the top. Your leaders in Congress are trying to fill this vacuum. The minority leaders in the two houses, Mitch McConnell in the Senate and Kevin McCarthy in the House of Representatives, are proceeding cautiously. Verbally both have spoken out clearly against people like MP Greene, but they want to avoid the open confrontation with the Trump wing for the time being. The reason is clear: Nobody wants to be responsible for a split that threatened to lock the party out of power for the foreseeable future.
It's a tightrope act, and it has worked amazingly well so far. The Republicans in the House of Representatives voted in secret votes on Wednesday to give both Cheney and Greene their confidence - in Greene's case, however, only after a confession of repentance and a promise of improvement. In doing so, they underscored the will to hold the broad coalition together despite all the differences.
The Democrats cannot resist the temptation to make what they believe are the best out of this Republican weakness. They use the undoubtedly mind-boggled things Greene spread before their election as a pretext. They first called for an unconditional Republican surrender by dictating how Republicans would punish MP Greene.
Because that did not work, of course, the Democrats were immediately ready to tear down another of those dams that allow the Congress to function despite the advanced polarization: the unwritten rule according to which each party decides for itself who takes a seat on the committees for it. Now the respective majority should also be a judge as to which members of the minority are reasonable in these committees. As the Americans say, that will come back and bite the Democrats in the buttocks - at the latest when a Republican majority one day expels Democrats who they consider intolerable.
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