Democrats, the party of government, are torn over coronavirus relief – By Shawn Zeller (Roll Call) / Sept 21 2020
Internal struggles burst into open as moderates threaten revolt over Pelosi’s COVID-19 aid stance
ANALYSIS — As Washington has grown more polarized, Democrats, more than Republicans, have lamented the demise of compromise.
While Republicans stonewalled Barack Obama, they had no crisis of conscience. But Democrats, as the party that believes government can make a positive difference in people’s lives, are more conflicted about how and when to work with Donald Trump.
That was apparent in the deals they took on criminal justice in 2018, and on the new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada last year. Neither pleased the party’s progressive wing, but Democratic lawmakers were willing to take half a loaf, even though it gave Trump a win.
By contrast, Democrats’ deal-killing insistence on a comprehensive $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill this summer, and before that their rejection of a GOP policing bill, were out of character.