Adam Gentelson was an aide to Senator Harry Reid. He saw how Republicans put up obstacles to Obama’s
governance and were unafraid to employ every tool and strategy to stop what they opposed.
Democrats in the Senate could force Republicans to slow down and compromise if they have spine.
“As a Democratic Senate aide for the past seven years, I had a front-row seat to an impressive show of obstruction. Republicans, under then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, decided they would oppose President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at every turn to limit their power. And it worked: They extorted concessions from Democrats with threats of shutdowns, fiscal cliffs and financial chaos. I know firsthand that Democrats’ passion for responsible governance can be exploited by Republicans who are willing to blow past all norms and standards.
“Now we have a president who exemplifies that willingness in the…
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