Many in the Democratic Party at all levels across the nation were hoping to see evidence of massive support for their platforms in the results of Tuesday’s elections.
When that so-called “blue wave” did not materialize, however, the general underperformance led to some immediate infighting and signs of revolt among Democrats, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“Races we shouldn’t have lost”
On Thursday, several House Democrats reportedly addressed various grievances as part of a caucus conference call that lasted more than two hours.
Throughout the call, moderates and progressives butted heads, notably in the form of the former accusing the latter of costing the party votes in crucial House races with their endorsement of far-left policies.
One such moderate, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), barely eked out a win on Election Day and was among the most vocal to participate in Thursday’s call.
“We lost races we shouldn’t have lost,” she complained, according to the Daily Caller. “‘Defund police’ almost cost me my race because of an attack ad. Don’t say socialism ever again.”
Using some colorful language, she continued by asserting that Democrats would get “torn apart again in 2022” if they repeat the same campaign tactics of this election cycle.
“I decided to open the hood”
Many other moderates concurred, as reported by The Hill.
Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX) was another critic of his party’s progressive turn, expressing particular distaste for defunding police and bans on hydraulic fracturing, which he said have allowed GOP politicians to easily craft “commercial after commercial” using Democrats’ own words against them.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), however, represented the party’s far-left wing by defending 2020 campaign tactics as effective.
“I do disagree, Abigail, that it was a failure,” Pelosi said, explaining that Democrats “won the House” and “have a mandate” as a result. While it is true that the party will maintain control of the chamber, its majority decreased by about a half-dozen seats upon Tuesday’s returns.
Other prominent progressives added their thoughts, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who tweeted:
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.