Recovering from surprising loss, Democrats sound the alarm for 2022
But Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, didn’t anticipate it.
“Glenn Youngkin got away with being everything to all people, and we can’t let him do that,” Mr. Maloney said, adding that “House Republicans have a lot to do with the toxic Trump agenda of lying about the election. To downplay the pandemic, to ignore the attack on the Capitol.”
While more unexpected, Tuesday’s Democratic defeat was not as overwhelming as the last time the party controlled the presidency and Congress, in 2009, when Republicans won the governorship of Virginia by 17 percentage points and the governorship of New Jersey. Was. Deepening polarization has gripped Democrats in some suburban jurisdictions such as Virginia’s Fairfax County, which McAuliffe led by 30 percentage points in his return bid.
These suburban voters, who despise Mr. Trump, may not be available to Republicans next year. However, there are two sides to the country’s growing polarization, and the widespread damage suffered by Democrats in rural Virginia and New Jersey suggests it was in grave danger of losing even more states and districts with sparse populations next year.
What gives Democrats some optimism is the idea that, while their candidates this year were running against a grim backdrop of intraparty legislative wrangling, next year will have big achievements to trumpet.
“We’re losing when it comes to process, but once the process is done, we’ll have a lot to say about what we’re doing to real people,” Mr Biden’s pollster John Anzalon said.
Of course, by the mid-2010s, Democrats had the opportunity to promote the Affordable Care Act and still suffered widespread losses – partly because they were not focused enough on reviving the post-recession economy. had gone.
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