Something may be blossoming in Washington DC and it’s not just the cherry trees.
Peak bloom arrived at the Tidal Basin in DC on Saturday afternoon, according to the National Park Service. There was noticeable damage visible in probably half of the Yoshino cherry trees, but the blooms were still beautiful and breathtaking. . .
What’s happening on the cherry tree branches may be an illustration of what may be happening inside the Executive and Legislative branches of government. The freeze that paralyzed the Republicans from passing their health care bill may now be blossoming into a new open door for bi-partisanship. There are signals happening now that indicate new doors are opening for Democrats to work with the Trump team upending years of partisanship in Washington.
“This president is not going to be a partisan president,” said Reince Priebus, the White House Chief of Staff on Fox News Sunday. Priebus continued, “I think it’s time for our folks to come together, I also think it’s time to potentially get a few moderate Democrats on board as well.”
There is no doubt that President Trump and his administration are fuming at the factions in the House Republicans and they may be changing their legislative strategy. But will the Democrats and the Trump administration find any common ground to work on? Can Trump’s ideological flexibility make it possible for some synergy? Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, seems locked into a confrontation mode: “The minute he got into office, maybe led by Vice President Pence and some of the others, he moved so far to the hard right that it’s virtually impossible for us to work with him.” Schumer and his fellow Democrats are pleased as punch that there was so much discord between the moderate Republicans and the Freedom Caucus, as well as the Club for Growth and Heritage. Their inability to come together in unity saved the pet projects of Planned Parenthood and Obamacare.
Because of the freeze in Washington, the cherry blossoms took twice as long this year to move from bud to bloom. Maybe it will take some time, but is it possible that the freeze of Republican disunity will bring about the blossom of bi-partisanship?