What We (Should Have) Learned From Election 2020
Although media had us expecting a “Blue Wave,” Democrats lost four seats in the House and gained just one in the Senate. The DNC has a narrative to explain it: if it weren’t for the “far-left” scaring people with its extremist ideas, the Blue Wave would have been yuuuge.
Don’t buy it. Every single Democrat that endorsed Medicare For All won their election – including the ones in swing districts. Every single Democrat that lost was a “centrist” – anti-Progressive.
Democrats turned to moderate Republicans, hoping this would deliver them that Blue Wave.
While John Kasich couldn’t deliver Ohio for Biden, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib delivered their states – both gaining votes since last they were election. The message here should be obvious.
The simple facts: Joe Biden underperformed. Democrats in the Senate and the House underperformed. Corporate Democrats lost, while Progressive Democrats won.
Florida is particularly interesting. In Florida, there was a direct ballot initiative in to raise the minimum wage. This passed with 60% of the vote, but these same voters also chose Trump over Biden by 3%. How do we interpret this? There is only one conclusion to make: progressive policy is just more popular than corporate Democrats.
This bears repeating: Progressivism is popular and centrist Democrats aren’t. Do not let the DNC corporatists spin this and cast aspersion on Progressives. The winners will not be lectured by the losers on how to win.
Progressives aren’t a drag on the DNC – they’re the only thing keeping it afloat at all. With this in mind, neoliberals who want progressives to ‘go away’ should be careful what they wish for.
Kyle Kulinski explains in detail HERE.
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