The Democratic Party is falling apart.
Progressives pushed the party to the far left: Democrats who want to win elections are trying to push back.
Internal tensions within the Democrats over cultural change, fairness and “wakefulness” are simmering after the party’s grim spectacle in this week’s elections.
Progressives and centrists are in a pitched battle over how best to deal with the huge debates that have shaken the nation in recent years. These debates touch on some of the crudest topics in American life: race, gender, and sexuality, as well as police, criminal justice, and education.
For the centrists, progressives are pushing and prodding the party out of the mainstream of American public opinion, risking further electoral calamities. The left, they argue, is too casual and too prone to confuse the self-righteous chatter on social media with the more nuanced realities of public opinion.
On the left, the centrists are cowardly abandoning the main supporters of the party and its main purpose. If the Democratic Party is not committed to making America fairer, they ask, what good is it? Many progressives also see the centrist approach as a strategic mistake, arguing that caution and shyness dampen enthusiasm among major voting groups.
The division raised its head in Virginia.
Far left representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blamed Virginia’s defeat on the moderates.
He said McAuliffe lost because he wasn’t progressive enough.
AOC’s take: McAuliffe lost because he wasn’t progressive enough pic.twitter.com/L2kbJ5yXcY
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Second-Term Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., took to social media this week to tell Virginia Democrats that their candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, lost because his campaign was too moderate.
“I know Virginia has been a huge disappointment,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram video. “And honestly, if anything, I think the results show the limits of trying to run a 100% completely super moderate campaign that doesn’t get you excited to talk or energize a progressive base and, frankly, we weren’t even really invited to contribute on that race. “.
Ocasio-Cortez then accused the “moderate Dems” of allowing Republican “racial aggression”. He argued that it “demoralizes the base you are supposed to protect and reveals itself, while also giving up white voters to the right with inadequate responses or silence.”
Political strategist James Carville blamed the “stupid vigil” for the loss of the Democrat in Virginia.
Democratic political strategist James Carville blamed his party’s recent losses and weak state election performance of “stupid vigil” Wednesday.
PBS NewsHour host Judy Woodruff asked Carville what went wrong for the Democratic Party in the Virginia government race in which Republican Glenn Youngkin beat former governor. Terry McAuliffe.
“What went wrong is just a stupid vigil. Don’t just watch Virginia and New Jersey. Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis, look also at Seattle, Washington state. I mean, this madness of “discrediting the police”, this taking Abraham Lincoln’s name off the schools. I mean – people see it, “Carville said.
“It’s really… it has a nationwide suppressive effect on Democrats. Some of these people need to go to a detox center “woken up” or something, “he added.” They are expressing language that people just don’t use, and there is a backlash and frustration for that. “