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Democrats, you've been had!

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Democrats:

That was no government shutdown. It was a long weekend. It was a snow day.

Don't get me wrong. I am no fan of shuttering the federal government as a tactic of political negotiation. In the first place, it inflicts hardship on the people you're sworn to serve. In the second place, it confirms the U.S. Capitol building as the world's most majestic day care center.

Shutting down the government is almost always the wrong thing to do. But as my pastor likes to say, if you're going to do wrong, at least do wrong right.

You, on the other hand, did wrong wrong, making yourselves look feckless, spineless and brainless in the process. You'd said you would not vote to fund the government until the GOP acted to save young immigrants brought illegally to this country as children -- DREAMers -- from deportation. Three days later, you folded like a baby stroller, accepting a deal in which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed only his "intention" to take up the legislation you want.

Repeating for emphasis: his "intention."

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So suddenly, we're supposed to buy that McConnell -- the same McConnell who brazenly stole a Supreme Court seat from you -- is a stand-up guy? Meantime, you're out there trying to pass off this lump of congealed chicken fat as the Hope Diamond.

As in Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz insisting that because of the shutdown, you won "the potential for momentum." CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin nearly sprained her jaw keeping a straight face.

Who can blame her? After all, the truth is closer to what GOP Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina told Politico: "We gave them nothing." For that matter, it's even closer to what Denzel Washington said in "Malcolm X:" "You been had! You been took! You been hoodwinked!"

Say what you will about them, but if you woke the average GOP lawmaker up at 2 a.m. and asked what he believes, he would spout, as if on a recorded loop, the anti-tax, anti-government, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Muslim, anti-black, anti-abortion creed so attractive to the mostly white, predominantly older and disproportionately male slice of the electorate that votes for them.

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