All fired out: a blue presidency

Rising to fame in 2018, a famous quartet, marked a progressive resurgence in American Politics. November 2018 not only saw four members of colour elected to Congress, but four women. Synthesise the two oppressed faces — that is colour and womanhood — and one understands their significance. With a president who belittles women and seeks to pursue racial tokenism, what is clear is that this quartet has revelled under a misogynistic and racist administration. However, the cocktail of an American election with a Centrist of a Democratic nominee is sucking the Left’s political oxygen. This quartet may maintain their seats, but their profiles are on the decline.

Where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s clique push for progressive policies, the establishment push back.

Following the shenanigans of the 2016 election, the Democrat Party split into two. One facet being a continuum of Obama’s established centrist lead and the other emerging as the New Left. This was confirmed in November 2018. Be it the first Somali-American elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar, or the open vulgarity of language deployed by Rashida Tlaib — it is clear that a young progressive wave rose to prominence. As such, this wave restored the Democratic Party’s control of House of Representatives. Now they were able to yield some political capital. Even when blocked by the successive instrument of approval, the Senate, the House granted Nancy Pelosi a pretext for photo ops against the Republican intransigence on bipartisan issues. Not to mention, the numerical, to allow impeachment hearings.

While this quartet’s role in 2018 contributed to Democrat success, it has symbolised intra-party factionalism. Where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s clique push for progressive policies, the establishment push back. Highlighted in the Democratic Primaries with the clique backing Bernie Sanders in contrast to Pelosi and Obama pulling behind the centrist, Joe Biden, the party are at loggerheads. However, only one faction can win this battle…and at the moment the establishment are winning.

Fairy tales may ubiquitously show an underdog’s heroism. But since when have fairy tales come to fruition? Even if tinkering…the progressive wing of the party is having some cause-and-effect on the centre ground. The notion of a Green New Deal has even entered centrist discourse. This battle is not so much adversarial, but malleable.

No longer does the Left have the ammunition for vocal attacks on a presidency that is unreflective to their own tribe.

When it comes to election day, Ms Tlaib is the most endangered of the quartet. In 2018 she defeated Brenda Jones, the Detroit city-council president, by just one point in a six-way primary that split the (majority) African-American vote. One point may be marginal, but Democrat voters are kind to their incumbents. With this in mind, and the polls predicting Biden collecting the national and electoral college vote, their seats may be safe, but their profiles are on the decline.

You may wonder why this is the case? Well… it is rather simple. Where a Republican is replaced by a Democrat, regardless of their tainted past, the void for justified wokeism evaporates. No longer does the Left have the ammunition for vocal attacks on a presidency that is unreflective to their own tribe. Their platform is all fired out.

If they kick up a fuss, centrist Democrats can always take their place in 2022.

Blue is the way forward. The quartet may keep their seats, but their profiles are on the decline.  

By Angus Kingsley-Anderson

Image: by DonkeyHotey via Flickr

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