Sunday, November 08, 2020

AOC airs her grievance over the Democrats' election performance

An interview with the ever-outspoken Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reveals her belief that the reason the Democrats did not perform better during the 2020 election was because the party is too centrist and does not have enough "core competencies", whatever that might mean.

This is in direct contravention to the complaints of some other Democrats that it was the very emphasis on Black Lives Matter and the Green New Deal by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and other candidates that hurt the party. This election has definitely not healed the left-centre rift in the Democratic Party and, now that the election is over those grievances will start to surface again.

I do agree with much of what AOC says, but I'm not with her on this one. She seems to have a very inflated idea of how radical the USA actually is. She won her own Bronx, New York, area easily, but her policy beliefs would just not fly in less radical, less urban settings. And, like it or not, the Democrats need at least some of those votes to survive.

However much I might approve of Bernie Sanders' philosophies, I don't believe that he was the right leader for the times. A much more affable, middle-of-the-road candidate like Joe Biden does not excite me at all, but if the No. 1 job was to defeat Donald Trump, then he was probably a better bet than an in-your-face hard-left barn-stormer like Sanders. I can't see many middle-class voters who plumped for Trump in 2016 converting to Bernie Sanders overnight; I can, however, see them sliding the much shorter distance to a more moderate centrist like Joe Biden, if only because he seems like a nice guy, and Americans have probably had enough of stress and confrontation for a while.

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