House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that the “socialist wing” is currently leading the Democratic Party. His comments come after internal criticism of the most radical positions within the blue party.
McCarthy affirmed that the influence of left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is growing within the Democratic bloc in the House.
“She runs the floor,” McCarthy said in a dialogue with Axios on HBO. “That wing of the party, the socialist wing of the party, they are the new power of the Democratic Party,” he said Monday night, Nov. 9.
“Legislation couldn’t be passed unless AOC agreed with it,” McCarthy said.
In the last election, Republicans were able to gain several more seats in House, prompting members of the Democratic Party to argue that the party’s poor performance was related to the more radical positions of some politicians.
“Stop sloganeering. Sloganeering kills people. Sloganeering destroys movements,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) about the labels including “socialist,” and “progressive.”
During the election campaign, several leftist politicians, such as the Squad, claimed that the police should be defunded after the murder of African American George Floyd. However, many fellow Democrats did not agree with such a proposal.
“”This foolishness about you got to be this progressive or that progressive. That phrase “defund the police” cost Jaime Harrison tremendously,” Clyburn told Axios, referring to the South Carolina politician who lost the Senate race to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
“When you ask somebody, ‘Why would you want to defund the police?’ They’ll tell you, ‘That’s not what we mean. This is what we mean.’ My position is in politics, the moment you start explaining what you mean, you are losing the argument,” he added.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who agreed with his party colleagues that socialist messages hurt the Democrats’ chances of winning more seats in Congress.
In a dialogue with Fox News on Monday, Manchin pledged to the audience not to vote yes to end obstructionism or expand the membership of the Supreme Court, as some Democrats from the more radical wing have threatened to do.
“I commit to you tonight, and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching. I want to allay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now because when they talk about whether it be packing the courts, or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that,” he said.
Manchin also criticized the proposal to defund the police and Medicare for All.
“That’s not the Democrats I know. And yet we’ve been tagged, if you’ve got a D by your name you must be for all the crazy stuff, and I’m not,” he said.
As expected, Manchin received strong criticism from the Squad.
“Stop worrying about progressives, this might be the reason we don’t win the Senate races in Georgia. Good grief,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
“One thing I’ll say: for the last two years, I and progressive candidates have been unseating powerful Dem incumbents supported by DCCC. Not *once* has anyone in the party asked me what weaknesses I’ve found in their operation. If they stop blaming progressives, we can help,” said Ocasio-Cortez, also a member of the the Squad.
The “Escuadrón Demócrata” [Democratic Squad] is undoubtedly the most radical wing of the Democratic left. In an interview that Ocasio-Cortez gave to the New York Times, the internal differences were exposed, “Our party is not even in line, at least not in a real way that shows efficiency.”
As the vote count moves toward the end in the battleground states, where President Trump is gaining ground, the Democrats are increasingly exposing their state of despair, blaming each other for their election losses.