Dem Rep. Ocasio-Cortez blames moderates for Virginia gubernatorial loss

GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin scored an upset victory of Democratic challenger Terry McAuliffe this week to become Virginia’s next governor.

Democrats of all stripes have spent the days since that election analyzing the results, including progressive U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who blamed the loss on a candidate who was too moderate.

“We weren’t even really invited”

Of course, the results of that race and others across the country seem to indicate that voters are becoming increasingly disillusioned by the Democratic Party’s leftward lurch.

Nevertheless, Ocasio-Cortez shared her thoughts in an Instagram video on Thursday, declaring: “On the election front, I actually think we have good news as well. I know that Virginia was a huge bummer. And honestly, if anything, I think that the results show the limits of trying to run a fully 100% super moderated campaign that does not excite, speak to or energize a progressive base, and frankly, we weren’t even really invited to contribute on that race.”

She went on to accuse conservatives of “race-bating” to appeal to supposedly racist voters in the Republican Party.

The lawmaker’s take is apparently not shared by many others on the left. Even The New York Times editorial board portrayed the election results as evidence that the Democratic Party should return to a more moderate platform.

“What is badly needed, is an honest conversation in the Democratic Party about how to return to the moderate policies and values. … The results in Virginia are a grave marker of political peril,” the board wrote.

Biden’s bait-and-switch

The editorial concluded that Democrats have been “looking left on so many priorities and so much messaging” while losing “sight of what can unite the largest number of Americans.”

Indeed, Tuesday’s election results revealed that many voters are leery of the party’s current trajectory, which includes massive domestic spending plans and a rush to grow the size and scope of the federal government.

The Times appears to recognize that the far-left faction of the Democratic Party remains a minority. Just over 1 in 4 Americans identify as “liberal” — and even among Democrats, less than half say they are progressive.

In fact, President Joe Biden portrayed himself as a moderate to secure his party’s nomination and ultimately win last year’s race against Donald Trump. Since then, however, he has shed that facade and appears to have ceded much of his power to the progressive wing.

If Ocasio-Cortez and others on the far left see the recent election results as a mandate to pursue an even more progressive agenda, her party could be in store for dramatic losses in the upcoming midterms.

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