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Now that Democrats have gained control of the House, they need to demonstrate by word and deed that they are serious about moving an agenda forward that genuinely supports the progressive values that brought them to power. That means toning down the rhetoric, negotiating in good faith and using their power judiciously.

Certainly, they need to exercise the oversight of the executive branch that has been sorely missing the last couple of years, but there are a host of other issues waiting to be addressed. Health care, immigration reform, voting rights, infrastructure, and climate change are only a few of the domestic problems awaiting serious leadership. On the international stage, allies need to be reassured of American commitments and support and adversaries need to be reminded of American resolve.

As far as the aspirations of Democratic hopefuls in 2020 goes, keeping an eye on the ball of responsible governance and sound policy is the best way to pave a path to the White House. No one is better at defeating Trump than Trump. After all, his staunchest supporters often say we should just “let Trump be Trump.”

Kenneth R. England

Albany (Jan. 4)

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