WASHINGTON , Many House Democrats are comparing 2021 to 2009, when a Republican was elected as governor of Virginia. This year, a dreadful blowout would be in the next year’s midterm elections.
The first blow was delivered by Glenn Youngkin, Republican from Virginia. He then became the governor of New Jersey. Two results led to one conclusion: Democrats face serious danger of losing control over Congress.
"Is this 2009 all over again?" "This is exactly what happened in 2009 and it did portend disaster in 2010," said Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly. He is a safe Democratic district in northern Virginia, outside Washington. However, he recalled Republicans winning the race for his state's governor's seat a year after President Barack Obama won the White House. Also, a year before the Tea Party-led GOP wave took over the House.
House Democrats in swing areas are most likely the party’s first line defense against such an outcome. They are also the most vulnerable incumbents.
They were mostly moderates and helped to secure party control of the chamber in 2018, as well as keeping it by a narrow margin last fiscal year. They are now beginning to look a lot like the former Republican members they defeated four years ago.
Joe Biden, their president, is not a popular. Their control over Congress has been viewed by voters as divisive rather than productive. Defying historical trends that dictate that the party winning the White House will lose ground in Congress during next year's election may be a way to keep their seats. These traditional political headwinds are almost certain to get worse for Democrats with Tuesday's results.
Biden's approval ratings began to fall with the U.S. chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. They have fallen further amid an economy still plagued by inflation, the coronavirus pandemic and a White House legislative agenda that is largely stuck in Congress.
Biden visited Virginia, but was unable buoy Democratic gubernatorial Candidat Terry McAuliffe. He previously held the position from 2014 to 2018, and tried to tie Youngkin with former President Donald Trump.
Former Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia, who was a Republican and represented one the most competitive congressional districts in the country, said that "what worked when President Trump was on a ballot or in office clearly has an diminishing effect when Trump isn't." This is true for anyone. Republicans that tied President Obama's opponents didn't last beyond his terms.
Youngkin did not campaign with Trump and did not embrace a Trumpist national GOP. Jack Ciattarelli (an ex-Republican state Assembly member who almost unseated Murphy in New Jersey), largely did the exact same.
Virginia Democrats lost ground in suburbs where moderate voters, who had criticized the GOP under Trump, returned to the party to win the election.
Taylor was defeated by the moderate Virginia Democratic Rep. His seat, which included Norfolk and the largest naval base in the world, to Taylor. In 2018, Elaine Luria lost her seat -- it encompassed the city of Norfolk and the world's largest naval base -- to moderate Virginia Democratic Rep. He pointed out that suburban voters resonated with Youngkin's promises to allow parents more control over school COVID-19 safety protocols and the lessons their children are being taught.
However, Democratic strategists still believed that Trump would change the political climate by becoming more active in key elections before a possible 2024 presidential run. The GOP Senate primaries are competitive in Arizona, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. This means that they cannot follow Youngkin or Ciattarelli's lead.
David Bergstein, a spokesperson for Senate Democrats' campaign arm, stated Wednesday that "the dynamic that occurred last night will not exist next November." Trump plays a leading role in all the Senate races.
For months, Frontline House Democrats have been pushing legislation that appeals to swing voters for months. This includes demanding that the Democratically-controlled Congress pass a bipartisan bill on public works while it advances a huge spending plan supported by the party’s more progressive wing.
Both proposals were rejected by the other party due to intraparty disputes. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas) said Wednesday that the "strong anti-incumbent message" he saw last night was evident.
Allred stated, "That to me is also about feeling like government's not working." The National Republican Congressional Committee has targeted Dallas as a possible pickup location. "We must show that we are capable of governing."
Senator Tim Kaine, D. Virginia, was even more direct: "I hope that my colleagues accept this notion that, once you're in the majority, to become a Democrat means doer, and not delay, dithering. Do nothing, divide."
Luria, a moderate Democratic Democrat, and her more progressive, activist wing are two sides of this division. Progressives were unsuccessful Tuesday.
Michelle Wuwas elected the first person of color and woman to be mayor of Boston. The left saw the defeat of the ballot initiative which would have remade Minneapolis policing. George Floyd's death there last year triggered protests against police brutality, institutional racism and other issues that swept across the country.
Buffalo, New York - Four-term Mayor Byron Brown declared victory against democratic socialist India Walton, despite The Associated Press not calling that race.
These results may still be a boon for moderates in swing House areas, who can claim themselves to be a bulwark. They can pledge to keep Democrats' legislative priorities grounded by proposals that have a chance at being approved, rather than the more ambitious goals promoted by progressive colleagues.
"This isn't a time for blaming," said Stephanie Murphy, a moderate congresswoman from Florida. "This moment is for action." It is an opportunity to work for the American people.
Now, the Democrats have one year to pass legislation that they believe will resonate with voters. However, it is not certain that the legislation will increase their chances of winning in 2022.
Connolly stated that voters don't vote in the polls to say they are against you because your bill wasn't passed. "Maybe a voter does. But not all voters together.Updated Date: 04 November 2021, 19:49