For a decade or so/more, Democrats (at least, elected Democrats) played the role of “the adult in the room” - a generation/cohort of Pelosis, Schumers, Obamas, Kennedys, Clintons, Reids, Warrens, Bidens, Reids, etc.
But now, with the intensifying opposition to Trump, the deep polarization of the Trump era, the older Democrats all reaching retirement age, the way that new and young Democrats differ from their elders…etc… I am concerned that we are going to see a whole lot more Ocasio-Cortezes, Tlaibs, Antifa-type folks, etc. - new Democrats who have no interest in being “the adult in the room” anymore than Trumpers or Republicans. We’ll have two major parties, ***both ***of who want to be tantrum-throwing toddler, and ***neither ***of which wants to be the grown-up. Democratic politicians who will fully reject Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high” approach.
When Tlaib, the newly elected Congresswoman, crowed, “We’re going to impeach the motherfucker! (Trump,)” she was condemned by most of her Democratic peers in Congress. But I have a feeling that we’re eventually going to get to a point where the majority of Democrats won’t consider Tlaib’s behavior something to be condemned, but rather, something praiseworthy. A “When they go low, we go equally low or even lower!” approach. When Republicans go dirty, Democrats are then going to try to gleefully play just as dirty or even dirtier. Where a majority of Democrats in Congress will echo and promote sentiments and statements along the lines of “we’re going to impeach the motherfucker!”
If neither side wants to be the adult in the room, then the nation can only be headed down a reaaally dark place. The only viable alternative would then be a major 3rd party (the Sanity Party) that would try to win on the basis of appeal to “respectability the way things used to be, when parties played by the rules of civility” but it’s mighty hard for a 3rd party to rise up in the two-party system.