Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and a handful of new faces in the House all espousing “Democratic Socialist” ideals are moving the Democrat Party too far to the Left and thus risk losing voter support, another party member said on Saturday.
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., who lost his reelection bid to Republican Mike Braun, in November, has become the second Democrat senator in a week to warn that Leftist-Marxism isn’t going to win broad support among the American electorate, and especially in Midwest states like his were more traditional values still hold true.
Ideas like “Medicare for All,” free college, free housing, basic income guarantees, and all the other Left-wing standards are too politically poisonous for Democrats to pass off in red states, Donnelly told CNN, adding that his party had to do a better job of connecting with Middle American voters.
“We have not made enough of a connection … that the people of my state understand culturally, we (Democrats) want to make sure you succeed,” he said.
For instance, he added, Sanders, I-Vermont, has pushed hard to make climate change and Medicare-for-all primary issues for Democrats.
But Donnelly is warning his party to be careful about embracing such extremism.
“[W]hen you talk ‘Medicare-for-all’ … you start losing the people in my state,” he noted. “When we start talking about, ‘Hey, we’re going to work together with the insurance companies to lower premiums,’ that’s what connects.”
In recent days, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who lost her re-election bid to Republican Josh Hawley, has said similar things — that her party has lurched too far to the Left in embracing radical “progressive” ideas and political newcomers like Ocasio-Cortez.
“I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working-class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issues that we can actually accomplish something on,” McCaskill said in a Dec. 26 interview.
That said, Democrats in recent years have promised such things like lower healthcare prices and jobs, but then passed legislation like Obamacare which caused prices to rise dramatically and millions of Americans to be priced out of coverage altogether.
Worse, Democrats refused to go along with GOP efforts after POTUS Trump’s 2016 election victory to replace Obamacare. And under President Obama, executive branch policies hurt job and economic growth.
And the incoming socialist wing of the Democrat Party is going to follow the same game plan. Many are already lining up behind Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” which is an anti-fossil fuel, anti-growth “regurgitation of the keep it in the ground movement,” Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), said earlier this month.
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