The day after Trump’s stunning upset victory, Michael Moore wrote this warning: “Any Democratic member of Congress who didn’t wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way…”
After Obama was elected in 2008, moderate Republicans argued that they should fight him on many fronts, but cooperate in areas where they agreed. However, Senator Jim DeMint and the Koch Brothers were having none of it: They demanded and got total warfare—a scorched-earth policy of obstructing Obama on everything, no matter how sensible and good for the country. The idea was to make his first term such a failure that he couldn’t be reelected. The same strategy continued in his second term, to make sure no Democrat would be elected after him.