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Friday, 13 October 2017 05:00

The Democrats' Luck Runs Out

Written by  Russell Berman

After a run of unlikely victories last month, it seemed possible for Democrats to forget—at least momentarily—that they were the party shut out of power in Washington.

They had watched in gleeful relief as Republicans failed yet again to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer had persuaded President Trump to abandon the GOP leadership in a fiscal agreement, and they were poised to strike yet another favorable deal on immigration. Republicans were mired in the kind of infighting that usually follows defeat.

Yet the last two weeks have tested the limits of the Democrats’ leverage, offering them bitter reminders that success for the minority party is relative, and often fleeting.

Read more at TheAtlantic

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