The infighting within the House of Representatives has already begun, but it’s not among Republicans. The latter saw an unpredicted red wave flow in their direction, picking up what looks to be 10+ seats and nearly taking over. While the GOP is positioned to retake the whole chamber in 2022, Democrats are offering recriminations of who is at fault for Pelosi’s strategy crashing and burning.
Here are some tweets showcasing the anger being thrown at the socialist wing of the Democrat party:
Behind closed doors, House Dem Allison Spanberger (who nearly lost her seat) says about the Dem Party, "We need to not ever use the word socialist or socialism ever again." pic.twitter.com/v0qkFnsz9V
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) November 6, 2020
Rep. Clyburn also got in on the act:
"If 'we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we're not going to win’” GA sen races.https://t.co/WXR4P1mLpY
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 5, 2020
Now, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rashida Tlaib are firing back, letting it be known that they won’t go quietly and just accept the blame for what transpired. Of course, their radicalism is likely the actual cause, but when has a Democrat ever taken responsibility for being too left-wing?
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.
Almost all had awful execution on digital. DURING A PANDEMIC.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 6, 2020
Oh no you guys don’t fight pic.twitter.com/2R0mTqfnFQ
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) November 6, 2020
Look, far be it from me to give advice to Nancy Pelosi, but if the Democrats want any shot in 2022, they should completely ignore the rantings of a terrorist supporter and a NY Congresswoman who comes from one of the bluest districts in the country. To put it lightly, they do not have their finger on the pulse of the election.
But luckily for Republicans, I doubt Pelosi will have the fortitude to throw the left-wing loonies overboard in the next two years. Strike them down, and they only become more powerful. The cultural left has thoroughly taken over the party and there’s no putting that genie back in the bottle. I think Pelosi knows that, so what you’ll get in a delicate tap dance, where two different stories about who Democrats are and what they support will be told. We saw some of that in 2018, but that was before “the squad” and their cohorts gained such a foothold.
My prediction: Chaos.
I do not think this is a balancing act that the Democrat leadership can manage. AOC is more outspoken and emboldened than ever. With Pelosi announcing she’s going to run for Speaker again, the far-left of her caucus isn’t going to just accept that. Hakeem Jeffries is being floated and backed by some, but regardless of who it is, a serious challenge to Pelosi’s Speakership is forthcoming. That’s going to be a brutal fight, and not one as easily won by the establishment as in the past.
In the end, the Democrats lost seats because people hate their agenda. That’s not going to change in 2022. So while the infighting will continue, I don’t suspect they’ll find some magic solution that fixes all this. Embracing defunding the police, the Green New Deal, blocking stimulus, etc. were losing positions, but they are positions shared by a majority of the Democrat party. Buckle up.
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