Democrats: AOC, “Squad” Biggest Threat To Midterm Success
Is the far-left agenda of AOC and “The Squad” killing any chance the Dems have for success in the midterm elections? Their own party seems to think so.
According to many panicky Democrats, the far-left policies of the Squad are making the midterm election season even tougher for them and putting swing-district moderates in peril.
For example, a leader of a PAC designed to help moderates recently told Fox News that the policies trumpeted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive Squad are too toxic for Democrats running in the competitive seats that will determine whether Democrats hold onto the majority.
“We have been kind of shouting this from the rooftops since the 2020 election,” said Matt Bennett, executive vice president of the center-left Third Way and co-founder of Shield PAC, which launched last year to defend moderate Democrats.
Bennett said that the 2020 election was a wake-up call when Democrats lost 14 House seats and issues like “defund the police” were the center of GOP attacks. And the 2021 Virginia governor’s race was another example of far-left policies backfiring when Republicans put critical race theory and school covid policies center stage – propelling Republican Glenn Youngkin to victory.
The Squad’s far-left policies “do fine in Brooklyn,” Bennett told Fox News, “But I would say that they are deeply problematic for Democrats running in competitive districts and states. They arm Republicans with very potent attacks, albeit very misleading ones, but very politically impactful attacks.”
He urges the Squad to realize that their radical policies are hurting Democrats’ midterm chances, “My message would be, please understand that what works in your district does not work in western Iowa and that what you say has consequences for your Democratic colleagues that could profoundly impact the ability of the party to retain majorities,” Bennett said.
AOC and her ilk are making it easy for Republicans to paint all Democrats as left-wing Squad members, and the culture war touchstone issues are expected to factor high in the midterm campaign strategy.
“The radical views of The Squad are mainstream in today’s Democrat Party,” Republican National Committee spokesman Nathan Brand told Fox. He referred to a Rolling Stone Magazine cover with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., cozying up Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
“Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have embraced their agenda, and as a result, Democrats are staring down dismal poll numbers, discouraged voters, and a major defeat in November.”
Further complicating things for moderate Democrats, prominent Squad members continue to advocate for defunding the police, abolishing ICE, phasing out federal prisons, and more. Moderate Democrats who believe just the opposite need to be firm on distancing themselves from the Squad policies in their districts if they are to have any chance come November, Bennett said.