In the mind of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she genuinely believes that Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lost to Republican Glenn Youngkin because he wasn’t running a campaign that would “excite” a “progressive base.”
Basically, Ocasio-Cortez thinks McAuliffe lost the election because he wasn’t as far-left enough.
Taking to her Instagram account, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that there was a sort of silver lining to Democrats losing the gubernatorial race in Virginia, because she believes the outcome of this election is proof positive that Democrats need to shift even further left collectively to win elections.
“Plus, on the election front. I actually think we have good news as well. I know that Virginia was a huge bummer. And honestly, if anything, I think that the results show the limits of trying to run a fully 100% super moderated campaign that does not excite speak to or energize a progressive base. And frankly, we weren’t even really invited to contribute on that race.”
.@AOC finds a silver lining in Virginia election losses.
“I think that the results show the limits of trying to run a fully 100% super moderated campaign” pic.twitter.com/NjjiQQ5uU7
— John Gage (@johnrobertgage) November 4, 2021
Sadly, this is a member congress who is unable to read the proverbial writing on the wall. If more voters turned out to cast their ballot for the Republican candidate in Virginia, it’s because they were rejecting the policy prescriptions coming from the Democratic candidate.
Realistically, there were likely zero people in Virginia who voted for Youngkin simply because they believed McAuliffe wasn’t politically left enough for their taste. That literally makes zero sense.
And McAuliffe really pulled out all the stops too in his attempt to get elected as governor, campaigning alongside President Biden, Vice President Harris, and even former President Obama – and he still lost the race despite recruiting ostensibly Democrat darlings to say vote for him.
Yet Ocasio-Cortez says that all McAuliffe needed to do was just run a less moderate campaign, because certainly McAuliffe running around chanting far-left mantras like defund the police, abolish ICE, or let’s raise taxes would certainly have gotten more people to vote for him.
Ocasio-Cortez is certainly popular, but only on social media: her progressive policies are not popular. Out of the 41 bills or amendments she has personally sponsored (not to be confused with co-sponsoring) since taking office in 2019, only two amendments have passed (both were in June of 2019).
One was a June 20th, 2019, proposed amendment to HR 3055 that shifted $5 million from the DEA budget to the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program to help confront the opioid epidemic. The second was a June 13th, 2019, amendment to HR 2740 to shift $15 million from the HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Tuberculosis Prevention account over to the Opioid Related Infectious Disease under the Center for Disease Control.
Everything else she introduced, whether bills or amendments, were shut down or have remained stagnant.