Tuesday was supposed to be a blue wave of historic proportions. As it turned out, the Democrats will (at best) retake the presidency by the thinnest of possible margins, narrowly hang on to their House majority, and leave the Senate in the capable hands of the Republican Party.
For an election that was supposed to be a total repudiation of Trump and the beginning of a New Era of Progressivism in Washington, it is not surprising that Democrats are unhappy. They got the big job done (apparently?) and removed Trump from office, but a few thousand votes here or there could have easily led to failure even on that bar. Clearly, things did not go as intended.
Stemming from that, Democrats are now pointing their fingers at each other, fighting for the new direction of the party, and blaming identity politics and absurd platforms like “Defund the Police” for their underwhelming election showing.
On Thursday, reporters like Manu Raju and Erika Werner tweeted out near-live updates from a conference call in which House members unsheathed their claws. Particularly outspoken was Abigail Spanberger, a House freshman who was one of the Democratic Party’s big success stories in 2018. She won her reelection bid on Tuesday, but it was a close one. And Spanberger said that it shouldn’t have been.
“If we run this race again we will get fucking torn apart again in 2022, Spanberger says,” reported Werner.
“We have a mandate! Pelosi says before getting off the call,” she wrote in a subsequent tweet.
That tells you something about the arrogance of Nancy Pelosi, by the way. Whatever this week’s election was, a blue wave it was not. A mandate? Not hardly.
“Members are definitely speaking up about the ‘defund the police’ attacks and those resonating in their districts, per sources,” reported Maju.
Another source had Spanberger saying she never wanted to hear Democrats say “Defund the Police” or “socialism” ever again.
Her tone was also echoed by former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on MSNBC, who said, “Whether you are talking guns or abortion or gay marriage and rights for transexuals and other people who we as a party ‘look after’ and make sure they are treated fairly. As we circled the issues we left voters behind and Republicans dove in.”
This is surprisingly insightful. Democrats have reshaped their party to cater to academics, Woke Twitter, and idiots on the streets with protest signs. That they didn’t get completely blown out of the water in this election is a shame, but if they keep going in this direction, that blowout is surely coming.