Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez applauds Merkley for opposing Rahm Emanuel’s nomination is ‘Come on Brandon!’ a form of hate speech? Hillicon Valley – Feds Target Groups Critical to National Security MORE (DN.Y.) on Wednesday blamed the defeat of the Democrats in the Virginia gubernatorial race for the candidate Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffe Democrats must stop infighting and four other lessons from the 2021 election Democrats feel new urgency on Biden’s agenda after Virginia defeat Republican optimism soars over Democratic debacle MORE “Trying to run a totally 100% super-moderate campaign,” arguing that such a launch does not energize a progressive base.
Ocasio-Cortez, in a video posted on her Instagram account, went further and said progressives “weren’t even invited to contribute to that race,” pointing to other Democratic victories across the country.
“I know Virginia was a big bummer. And honestly, if anything, I think the results show the limits of trying to run a totally 100% super moderate campaign that doesn’t excite, speak or energize a progressive grassroots, “he said.
.@AOC finds a ray of light in Virginia’s electoral losses.
“I think the results show the limits of trying to run a 100% super moderate campaign” pic.twitter.com/NjjiQQ5uU7
– John Gage (@johnrobertgage) November 4, 2021
The progressive lawmaker’s comments come as Democrats point to each other to blame the party’s trio of losses at the Old Dominion on Tuesday.
Republican candidates won the races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, dealing a severe blow to Democrats in a commonwealth that, overwhelmingly, elected then-Democratic nominees. Joe bidenJoe Biden Democrats pressed panic button after Virginia Manchin collapse says he won’t vote to override Senate MP Carville blames ‘stupid awakening’ for Democratic losses MORE and Hillary clintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Joe Manchin and the Van Jones Worker Exodus in Virginia: ‘This is a big, big wake-up call’ for Democrats Colorado Supreme Court signs new map of Congress MORE in 2020 and 2016.
Much of the blame has gone to Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are still entrenched in negotiations for the bipartisan infrastructure bill and social spending package.
Leading Democrats hoped congressional lawmakers would be able to pass the legislation before closely watched elections to increase support for McAuliffe, but internal party disagreements blocked that goal.
Moderates have been pushing for the House to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the Senate before considering the largest social spending package, but progressives are demanding that the two move forward together.
Some progressives blamed moderates for the loss in Virginia, pointing to the stalemate in negotiations over the social spending package. Centrist Sen. Joe manchinJoe Manchin Democrats Press Panic Button After Virginia Manchin Collapse Says Will Not Vote To Override Senate MP On The Money – Presented By Citi – Pelosi Plays Tough With Manchin MORE (DW.Va.), however, argued that the results at the Old Dominion reinforce its concern about rushing bills too quickly.
McAuliffe fell short against Republicans Glenn youngkinGlenn Youngkin The Hill’s 12:30 Report: House Republican Campaign Manager for Vulnerable Democrats: ‘Stand Down or Lose’ Fear of ‘Trump 2.0’ Not Enough for Democrats to Win, Says Former Legislator MORE by approximately two percentage points. Polls examining the race tightened in the final weeks leading up to the election, with the latest polls showing the two candidates in a tie.