It’s war. This time it pits Democrats against socialists even though the two are comrades. In a conference call, moderate Democrats blamed the progressive agenda for the losses they suffered in the 2020 election. Defund the police. Socialism. Support for the rioters. Do you believe those terms turned off the voters or do you agree with AOC that Americans favor those positions?
AOC and Rashida Tlaib point to their own election victories and claim that proves the moderates are wrong. But, do you really believe that people voted for AOC for successfully driving Amazon and it’s 25,000 great paying jobs out of the city, or did they vote for her because Republicans do not share their radical agenda?
During the conference call, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) specifically named the progressives as the reason they lost. Now, the far left is striking back, led by Rashida Tlaib and AOC. They want you to believe that their agenda does not turn off voters. I hope the Democrats adopt their argument.
The Senate contests favor the Republicans next time out and I expect the Republicans to take back the House after 6 months of Biden and a year and a half of Kamala Harris.
There will be a lot of buyer’s remorse at that time. If you remember the first time Pelosi was Speaker, she cut the moderates out of the decision-making process and ran on a radical agenda and the Republicans flipped 63 House seats.
Every moderate lost in the 2010 midterm election.
The progressive groups drafted a memo scolding Democrats for scapegoating their movement. The retort, drafted by groups including the Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, and Data for Progress, was a direct rebuttal against the claims by Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and others in an emotional private caucus phone conference.
“Republican attacks levied at Democrats this cycle based on terms like ‘defund the police’ or ‘socialism’ have become scapegoats for Representatives like Abigail Spanberger, Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), and other senior Democrats,” said the memo, according to Politico.
“Not a single Democrat — progressive or otherwise — argued that Democrats should run primarily on these themes,” the groups claimed. “These attacks will never go away, nor will demands for reform from social movements. The attacks are designed to stoke racial resentment.”
At least it will be fun to watch the Democrats eat their own for the next two years. So, break out the popcorn and Michelob and kick back, relax and watch the show.