There is perhaps an easier explanation for the current mood in Washington than you might assume.
Congressman Adrian Smith, a Republican, suggests the abrupt nature of the election results caught Democrats and their leader in the House off guard.
“A change in administration and a change from an expectation of what the election would be; I mean I think Nancy Pelosi was hoping to take back the House and the Senate and have the White House. So when she was so shocked that none of those happened, that causes a response that is a little noisy,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Smith has some doubts about the sincerity of all the demonstrations that have been taking place in the nation’s capital.
“A lot of it is to be expected, but I’m anxious for things to kind of settle down,” Smith says. “I do get a little concerned that there is opposition for the sake of opposition. It appeared that the placards that were printed up before the Supreme Court nomination; it was a kind of fill-in-the-blank; stop – blank – whoever that would be. So they filled that in.”