Highlighting an interesting-and to many, instructive-electoral trend that others have spotted in the days since 2020 voting ended earlier this week, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday-just as jubilation spread nationwide among Democrats and progressives upon news that Joe Biden will be the next U.S. President-pointed out that every single congressional member this year who ran for reelection while supporting Medicare for All won (or was on their way to winning) their respective race. "You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn't even know if I was going to run for re-election this year". I'm the guy that's the moderate.
The exasperation, however, is strong-AOC's offers to help candidates in swing states were turned down by all but five people. "And every single one that rejected my help is losing".
She continued, "These were largely slogans, or they were demands from activist groups that we saw in the largest uprising in American history around police brutality". "We need to have an unapologetic agenda, have an actual alternative and countermessaging that is distinct from the Republican Party instead of trying to play to notions of civility". And that their base is not the enemy.
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They would have their lowest points tally after seven matches since 1989/90 if they fail to win. We've lost Luke Shaw because of that.
Speaking specifically about how the Democratic Party establishment has reacted to her progressive politics, Ocasio-Cortez said, "The last two years have been pretty hostile".
"Because before we even had any data yet in a lot of these races, there was already finger-pointing that this was progressives' fault and that this was the fault of the Movement for Black Lives", she said. "But internally, it's been extremely hostile to anything that even smells progressive". "It's that if they keep going after the wrong thing, I mean, they're just setting up their own obsolescence", she said.
The tweet emerged as many across the corporate media landscape, including pundits and former high-level Democratic officials like Rahm Emanuel, unabashedly pushed a narrative that progressives calling for policies like a single-payer universal healthcare system or the Green New Deal are somehow a hindrance to electoral success.