The Left Didn’t Cost Democrats Election 2020, They Salvaged it.

Democrats have a lot to learn from the left among their ranks.

Lauren Elizabeth
Nov 7, 2020 · 3 min read
Rashida Tlaib, via Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

With Joe Biden poised to be the President-Elect according to Decision Desk HQ, as the nation waits for it to become official it’s been interesting to reflect on the results of the 2020 election, and the overall abysmal performance for the Democratic party in particular. It feels as though from the very beginning of this entire process, I and countless others on the left have been arguing that the left stood to lose overall, regardless of whether it was Joe Biden or Donald Trump who won this election. With their resounding losses across the country — and the losses in the House proving to be particularly concerning to party leadership — predictably the Democrats have been quick to blame the left, and the “socialist” label that they fail to remember has been thrown in their direction regardless of the policies of the candidate for years.

72% of Americans are in favor of a government-run healthcare plan, but the left is the problem for Democrats?!

The fact is, the left didn’t cost any elections in 2020. Rather, they salvaged it, and I am so tired of the blatantly false narratives that would suggest otherwise.

Not a single co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, in a swing seat or safe blue seat, lost their re-election. Not a single co-sponsor of Medicare for All, in a swing seat or safe blue seat, lost their re-election. Not a single Justice Democrat lost their re-election. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, and Jamaal Bowman all won. Katie Porter — an incredible, authentic progressive representing a swing district — won her re-election comfortably. Every single seat Democrats lost in the house was lost by a center-right democrat fundamentally incapable of giving their constituents any meaningful reason to vote for them, but leave it to these inept, vapid politicians to find fault in anyone but themselves. If anything, Joe Biden has Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota to thank for his victory in their respective states, and their tireless efforts to turn out the vote not just in their districts, but across the nation.

In response to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter thread addressing the idea that the left was to blaim for Democrats’ losses in the House, I found it incredibly telling to see a tweet from Kurt Eichenwald in the responses, saying:

Joe Biden hasn’t even been sworn in, and already — already — the left is being told to be quiet.

As I have discussed before, I work in a nursing home, where I make just enough not to qualify for assistance. In the middle of a pandemic during which we were rated a five star facility by the state of New York, instead of getting hazard pay and raises for putting our bodies on the line to protect our residents, we got hamburgers cooked by the maintenance department. I have coworkers in their 70s working housekeeping in a nursing home in the middle of a pandemic because they cannot afford to retire. Another coworker works thirteen, fourteen hour days more often than not and is still struggling financially, because she has to make sure her grandchildren are fed after their father lost his job due to the pandemic.

I’m not going to apologize for wanting better.

I will not shy away from addressing the fact that centrist Democrats are actively standing in the way of the necessary progress so desperately needed across the country. The audacity of Democrats to act as though appealing to the bread and butter issues Americans care about is costing them elections tells me everything I need to know about what they truly represent, and I thoroughly look forward to every single one of them seeing a primary challenge.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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News and ideas worthy of discourse. Fundamentally informative and intelligently analytical.

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