(RepublicanDaily.org) – The Democrats had to contend with a series of electoral disappointments across the country last week. The most high-profile was in the Virginia gubernatorial race, where Terry McAuliffe (D) lost to GOP challenger Glenn Youngkin. Liberals are worriedly viewing this race as a bellwether for others to come, and one senior progressive is particularly concerned.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the de facto leader of “The Squad,” took to social media last week to share her views on what happened in Virginia. She called the Republican win a “huge bummer.” According to her, Democrats performed poorly in a traditionally blue state because they failed to lean further left. She said Democratic candidates would have enjoyed a better response if they had doubled down harder on progressive policies.
.@AOC finds a silver lining in Virginia election losses.
“I think that the results show the limits of trying to run a fully 100% super moderated campaign” pic.twitter.com/NjjiQQ5uU7
— John Gage (@johnrobertgage) November 4, 2021
Even left-leaning analysts are having a hard time swallowing this argument. On Thursday, November 4, the New York Times Editorial Board wrote a piece stating the Democrats needed to return to more “moderate policies and values” to reverse this worrying trend at the ballot box. In “looking left” on key issues, the article claims, the party has failed to unite American voters, and candidates are starting to feel the pain.
What do you think? Is it time the Democrats started rejecting the rhetoric of people like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and moving back toward the center of politics?
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