Shutdown deal turns Democrats against each other before midterms

“Why do Democrats always fall into some stupid trap,” asked Representative Louise Slaughter, a New York Democrat. “We’re taking a great hit. Totally unjustified. And our people just seem to take it flat-footed.”

Slaughter was one of many liberals who unloaded on Schumer’s decision to go to the brink with the shutdown only to step back without gaining any meaningful concessions in a key policy area for the party in an election year…

“The bottom line for us is that Democrats caved. I don’t see how anyone could characterize it as anything but that,” said Angel Padilla, policy director of Indivisible, a grassroots group that has grown from opposition to Trump. “I don’t see what they got out of this.”