On the heels of the Democrat party celebrating a huge presidential win over the weekend — at least by the mainstream media’s standards — there appears to be some level of turmoil within the party’s ultra-left ranks that could eventually result in bitter party infighting.
According to Business Insider, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made mention recently to The New York Times that she is considering quitting politics, blaming her moderate and centrist counterparts for scoffing at any of her progressive policy ideas.
“I don’t even know if I want to be in politics,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Times. “You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year.”
The New York lawmaker was forced to defend the progressive wing of the Democrat party over the weekend as some of her colleagues seemed to lay blame on her and other progressive stalwarts in the House of Representatives for the veritable bloodbath House Democrats suffered in Tuesday’s election.
House Democrats and supporters were dead-set on embracing a “blue wave” of wins to strengthen their majority lead in the House, however, that wave quickly turned into a drainage ditch as they watched at least five Republicans flip blue seats to red seats, taking their majority lead down to the slimmest margins in 20 years.
According to additional reporting by Business Insider, the infighting escalated quickly as Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), a moderate Democrat, was heard in leaked audio from a conference call slamming the far left wing of the party for making her reelection efforts much more difficult than it should have been.
“We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again … We lost good members because of that,” Spanberger said, while doubling down and claiming that if it keeps up, House Democrats will get “torn apart” in the 2022 midterm elections.
Other moderate and Centrist Democrats agreed with Spanberger’s assessment that lawmakers like Ocasio-Cortez are making it extremely difficult to win over moderate suburban Democrat voters.
Ocasio-Cortez spent the weekend defending her position, claiming otherwise that “externally,” support for her progressive ideas was strong, blaming moderate party members for acting “hostile to anything that even smells progressive.”
Whether or not Ocasio-Cortez decides to throw in the towel is yet to be seen, but it’ll likely end up a decision based on whether or not President-elect Biden, should he formally win the White House, plays ball with the radical wing of the Democrat party or decides to appeal to a majority of his supporters and bring the party back toward the middle.