I came across quite by accident the agenda the Democrats are preparing as they take over the various House Committees. Try as you might, there is not a policy issue to be found.
Those committees will transform into battlegrounds for the Trump presidency in January, once the new Congress is sworn in. As early as Tuesday night, they were previewing their plans to subpoena the president and his aides for his tax returns and for documents on his family business ties overseas. They are likely to investigate the president’s handling of hurricane response in Puerto Rico last year, his policy of separating migrant families at the border and his relationship with Moscow.
They may also examine the president’s payments to Stormy Daniels, a porn star and his alleged mistress before entering the White House, as well as his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. They could look at ethics compliance of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, at Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s business dealings, at the use of personal email for government business by White House staff, administration-backed voter suppression efforts, and at the politicization of scientific study at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Overall, the future chairs vow to provide checks on the president following two years of a Republican-controlled House that offered little in terms of oversight.
That they feel no need to restrict either open borders or abortion to the final moment before birth is just how it is. Governance is nowhere to be seen, merely a series of irrelevancies whose outcome will make zero difference to how well or how badly America is governed.