This is a brilliant idea: let’s avoid the opportunity for progress in order to make the opposition look bad. It seems to have worked for Mitch McConnell, right?
The Trump phenomenon is, in part, a reaction to what voters perceive to be a non-functional government. That is, members of Congress refused to cooperate with anyone in the other party because they wanted to avoid accomplishing anything for which a member of the other party might take credit. This hyper-partisan behavior was driven by voters on the left and the right who would mount a primary challenge to anyone who worked with the other side in any way. The predictable outcome of this foolishness was the election that we just had.
I emailed my U.S. Senator, last summer, after he joined the Republican effort to deny Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing. I told him that I could not vote for him in November if he acted like a party hack and obstructed the work of the Senate in this way. Even though Judge Garland was nominated by the opposite party, the Republicans should have done their job and voted on the nomination.
Shumer and Sanders are saying the right things. Opinions like this article are the problem.