Now that Joe Biden has won the presidency, all the right-wingers, neoconservatives, and Republicans who created the fertile soil for a low-life like Trump to become their party’s standard bearer but later abandoned him to advance their own agendas, are now trying to put the brakes on any progressive measures that Biden might take by bad-mouthing progressives. Republican John Kasich, who ran for the Republican nomination is 2016, is one of the first out of the gate, baselessly claiming that the far-left almost cost Biden the election when they actually helped him win in Arizona and almost in Georgia.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was having none of this rubbish and immediately shot back.
Anyone saying this after immigrant organizers delivered AZ, Black grassroots flipped Georgia, MI going blue w reality-bending 94% Detroit margin + @RashidaTlaib running up the margins in her district & Trump publicly challenging @IlhanMN in MN and losing isn’t a serious person. https://t.co/2FtJzqGki8
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 7, 2020
The neoliberals comfortably ensconced with within the Democratic party establishment are also trying to use their reduced number of seats in the House and their failure to get a Senate majority, in opposition to what the polls predicted, to blame progressives. But there is a plausible alternative explanation for that, in that Trump is a black swan who has the unique ability to bring out his cult-like following in droves and they are the ones who also voted for Republican down-ballot candidates. When he is not on the ballot, as in 2018, results were closely aligned with expectations.
But it has been pointed out that every single swing-state Democrat who backed Medicare for All won on Tuesday.
Support progressive policies like Medicare for All and win elections.
Campaign against progressive policies like Medicare for All and lose elections. pic.twitter.com/DZ7mUeE6Po
— Ryan Knight 🌹 (@ProudSocialist) November 7, 2020
— mike casca (@cascamike) November 8, 2020
But not all the news was good for progressives. Kara Eastman ran on a Medicare for All, Green New Deal platform in a Congressional district in deep red Nebraska but lost by five points while Biden won her district by seven. The reasons for that need to be examined. Progressives put a lot of effort into registering and firing up voters in swing-states, particularly targeting minority and poor voters. I do not know to what extent they did this in deeply conservative states like Nebraska. It is to Biden’s credit that he put in some effort in Eastman’s district and won it, unlike in 2016 when all five electoral votes went to Trump
Incidentally Nebraska and Maine are the only two states where the winner does not get all the electoral college votes. The winner of each congressional district gets one vote while the remaining two goes to whoever gets the overall majority statewide. So in Nebraska, Trump won 4-1 while in Maine, Biden won 3-1.