The most powerful force in American politics is projection. Democrats project onto Republicans the notion that they are a rational, reasonable party that only has slight disagreements which can be ironed out through negotiation. Mitch McConnell can literally come out and say that his only goal is to stop the Biden Agenda dead in its tracks. Joe Biden can literally be Vice President during the Obama Administration and watch Republicans repeatedly delay “negotiations” on Obamacare, repeatedly change demands, and ultimately refuse to vote for it almost to a person, and still wake up and say to himself that his most important goal is getting to an agreement with the GOP.
Meanwhile, the Republican party is frothing at the mouth about stolen elections and passing legislation rapid-fire to take total control over the election process while crying about dictatorship.
People see themselves in others. Democrats look at Republicans and see people who just want the best for our country, and who are willing to not get all of their demands if it means helping the nation. Republicans see people who are hell-bent on destroying them.
I’m getting so fucking sick of Democrats who talk about achieving “peace in our time” with a party who literally showing all its cards upfront.