There is a strong possibility that the Democrats will fail to win both Georgia Senate runoff elections tomorrow. And if so then Republicans will keep control of the U.S. Senate. That will be disastrous on many levels. And if that happens will the Democratic party establishment blame progressives as they did in November after the miserable election results. Democrats gained no seats in the House. Biden came within 44,000 votes of losing the presidential race. It took 5 days to determine the winner. With unprecedented mismanagement and corruption from Trump and cronies this is the best you can do? It was really a underwhelming performance on the part of Democrats. The Democratic leadership couldn’t blame themselves. So they needed a scapegoat:
This article explains the logic of Democratic Party establishment politicians:
As I recall, the Democratic Party platform does not embrace “socialism.” Nor does the party’s leader, one Joseph R. Biden.
Meanwhile, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on the call that if “we are going to run on Medicare-for-all, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win.” But most Democrats aren’t running on Medicare-for-all, and almost none are running on “defund the police,” a phrase rejected by Democratic politicians.
Now it’s true that there are a few Democratic members of Congress who call themselves socialist — but even they don’t go around shouting, “What we need is socialism! Socialism all the way!”
…Let’s not forget, the Democratic Party nominated exactly the candidate those centrists wanted — and that didn’t in any way change what Republicans said about him. Biden was the moderate in the race, but Republicans still called him a radical socialist. It’s utterly bizarre that after all this time, there are still Democrats who believe that if they change what they say, it will change what Republicans say about them.
And, we should note, progressive activists and politicians across the country — including in the districts represented by the centrists — worked incredibly hard to elect Biden, despite the fact that he was most assuredly not their preferred candidate. One has to wonder whether centrists would have put the same energy into the election had Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) been the nominee.
AOC put it best:
Frustrations with House Democrats’ abysmal performance—which one unnamed Democratic lawmaker bluntly called a “dumpster fire”—were compounded by the party’s worse-than-expected showing in Senate races it hoped to win. Barring Democratic victories in both Senate run-offs in Georgia, Republicans are on track to retain control of the chamber.
In response to the blame being hurled at progressives, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) argued in a series of tweets Friday that moderate House Democrats who lost or are at risk of losing their seats should take a closer look at the shortcomings of their own campaigns instead of baselessly claiming left-wing lawmakers are culpable.
“There are folks running around on TV blaming progressivism for Dem underperformance. I was curious, so I decided to open the hood on struggling campaigns of candidates who are blaming progressives for their problems,” said the New York Democrat. “Almost all had awful execution on digital. During a pandemic. Underinvestment across the board.”
“Ideology plus messaging are the spicy convos a lot of people jump to but sometimes it’s about execution and technical capacity,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “Finger-pointing is not gonna help. There’s real, workable, and productive paths here if the party is open to us. After all, I got here by beating a Dem who outspent me 10-1 who I knew had bad polling.”
This time around that dog won’t hunt anymore. Time for a new excuse. Democrats better pray that they win tomorrow. Or people are going to have questions. Despite Republicans at war with each other you are telling me you can’t win an election in a state that went for Biden?
Trump has killed 300 thousand Americans. He tanked the economy. And now he is mismanaging the Covid vaccine distribution. Democrats should have won an unprecedented victory. Instead they are basically tied with a outlaw GOP.