A former strategist for former President Clinton said the results of the Virginia gubernatorial race show that Democrats “have gone too far to the left on key issues for educated suburban voters.”
Mark PennMark PennTrump leads in hypothetical Republican primaries in 2024: Republican poll takes advantage of generic Congressional vote: Biden’s approval in poll drops to 43 percent in new poll MORE, who served as a former adviser and pollster to President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary clintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNew Hampshire debates a major and controversial change in the map of the US House of Representatives Loss of Virginia exposes Democrats’ struggle with rural voters Durham’s latest impeachment: more lines drawn on the Clinton campaign MOREwrote a New York Times op-ed with Andrew Stein, former chairman of the New York City Council, on Monday stating that lessons can be learned from the defeat of the Democrats in Virginia and the near defeat in the New Jersey gubernatorial election.
Pointed out democrat Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffe CORRECTED: Guardian op-ed says Trump is likely Biden’s ‘best hope for re-election’.the loss of the Commonwealth to the Republicans Glenn youngkinGlenn Youngkin CORRECTED: The Guardian op-ed says Trump is likely Biden’s ‘best hope for re-election’. by approximately 68,000 votes, claiming that the former Virginia governor failed to win because his campaign leaned too far to the left.
“Democrats’ flight was disproportionate in the suburbs, and the idea that these homeowner, child-raising and taxpayer voters just want more progressive candidates is not tenable,” Penn and Stein wrote.
The Democratic Governor of New Jersey. Phil MurphyPhil Murphy CORRECTED: The Guardian op-ed says Trump is probably Biden’s’ best hope for re-election ‘Republican Senator: Republican candidates want Trump’s endorsement, but’ will win on issues’ Warner: Youngkin ‘stirred up the culture pot ‘on issues such as critical race theory MORE he outpointed Republican Jack Cittarelli by about 65,000 votes, which was also much closer than experts expected the race to be.
Penn’s op-ed comes as Democrats are beginning to look toward the 2022 midterm elections, now that this month’s election is in the rearview mirror. Democrats seek to retain control of the House and Senate, but fears are mounting after the party’s poor performance in last week’s election, and as President BidenJoe Biden Biden criticizes Nicaragua’s ‘sham elections’, calls out Ortegas autocrats Amtrak boss describes expansion plans with infrastructure spending Former Goldman Sachs boss thinks about infrastructure vote: ‘Progressives blinked’ MOREPoll numbers continue to fall.
The two men wrote that President Biden was nominated by the Democratic Party because he was a moderate compared to the senator. Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Former Goldman Sachs Chief On Infrastructure Vote: ‘Progressives Blinked’ Spending Bill Faces Senate Struggle Senate GOP Campaign Manager Says It Will Help Murkowski Against Trump-Backed Challenger PLUS (I-Vt.), But argued that he is giving in to progressive lawmakers, which is contributing to the drop in poll numbers.
They argued that the moderates Sens. Joe manchinJoe Manchin Spending bill faces trouble in Senate White House Senior Adviser touts spending package after infrastructure approval Democrats debate whether to misunderstand public mandate MORE (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten SinemaTrump To Attend Fundraiser For Arizona Republican Senate Candidate On The Money – Presented By Citi – A House Divided On A Unified Agenda Duel: Pelosi Challenges Liberals To Sink Infrastructure Bill MORE (D-Ariz.), The two lawmakers who have delayed negotiations on the party’s social spending package actually represent the majority of the Democratic Party, although they are often perceived as outliers.
The two pointed out that the majority of Democrats identify as conservative or moderate and that a significant percentage of the party supports the efforts of the moderates to curb the massive spending package.
They also argued that Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Democrats debate whether they misunderstood the public about the mandate The loss of McAuliffe exposes a deepening Democratic gap The memo: Democrats go to war for the ‘awakening’ MORE (DN.Y.) “represent areas ideologically removed from the mainstream of the United States.”
While Biden’s presidency is nearing its one-year mark, the two men said there is still time for the administration to shift its trajectory toward the ideological center, just as Penn’s former boss did after the 1994 midterm elections. .
Clinton that year “reoriented his administration to the center and saved his presidency,” the two men wrote, adding that Biden should “follow suit, listen to the centrists, roll back the left, and reorient his policies to address growing problems. economic of the people “. face. “
That strategy, they said, would include tightening the border, slowing the transition to fossil fuels, tackling “core economic problems” like gas and grocery prices and helping supply chain problems.
They said that the strategy imposed by McAuliffe in Virginia, which constantly links Trump to the Republican candidate when the former president is not on the ballot, “is no longer a viable campaign strategy.”
“Soccer moms, who greatly despised Mr. Trump, want a better education for their children and safer streets; they don’t see the ghost of Trump or January 6 behind Republican candidates like now the governor-elect Glenn Youngkin of Virginia, ”they added.