Progressives and moderates have been fighting over whose policies are responsible for shock Democratic electoral defeats last week in Virginia and New Jersey.
Republicans smell blood as the Democrats turn on each other ahead of a crucial midterm election cycle.
What had been an uneasy truce between rival wings of the Democratic Party collapsed following last Tuesday’s unexpectedly bad election showing – with each side blaming the other.
Moderates have argued the party should veer away from radicalism on issues like federal spending, race and defunding the police.
- Civil rights activist Al Sharpton suggested in a Thursday Washington Post report, “We’ve got to really bring everybody together and understand that this is a wake-up call and those really committed to voting rights and police reform need to deal with it in a practical way.”
- Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told reporters Wednesday the “unbelievable” election results prove “people are concerned” about Democrats’ massive spending plans.
- “We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again,” said Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., echoing other “moderate” Democrats Thursday on a leaked conference call with colleagues. “If we are classifying Tuesday as a success . . . we will get f*cking torn apart in 2022.”
- During a Wednesday appearance on “PBS NewsHour,” Democratic political strategist James Carville called for an end to his party’s “stupid wokeness.”
Progressives, on the other hand, have insisted the Democrats need to double-down on their left-wing agenda.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said on Twitter Friday that Carville’s criticism of Democratic wokeness was out of touch.
- In an Instagram video Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez claimed the Virginia election showed the necessity of “energizing” and “mobilizing” the “progressive base.”
- Feminist commentator Jill Fillipovic wrote on Substack Wednesday that the idea that “racial justice movements and progressives made Democrats lose” in Virginia was insufficiently nuanced.
- Journalists Jemele Hill and Wajahat Ali captured the resistance energy in the left-leaning media in a pair of tweets Monday.
It was all predictable and we were prepared for it. https://t.co/gmPrm7YxO8
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) November 8, 2021
Polling has shown that Americans are more open to Democrats’ economic policies than to their cultural positions.