Defeats in blue-leaning Virginia and a much-near-relaxed race in New Jersey left divided Democrats in Washington scrambling for answers on Wednesday, removing a stalled legislative agenda before sustaining more political damage. called for new strategies.
Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democratic former Governor Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race, wiping the margin of 10 percentage points over President Joe Biden’s victory a year earlier. In New Jersey, heavily backed Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy was neck-and-neck with the GOP’s political newcomer Jack Ciatarelli in a state in which Biden scored 16 percentage points.
The results were ominous for Democrats far beyond those states. The party’s dwindling support is not a good sign as it limits the majority of the House and Senate ahead of midterm elections next year. Elections without a presidential race have historically meant many lost seats, particularly in the House, for the party in the White House.
Congress leaders on Wednesday tried to strengthen Biden’s stalled domestic law appeal and used the election results to drive action. The two measures – a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and a 10-year, $1.75 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives largely financed with taxes on the wealthy and corporations – slowed for months due to infighting between progressives and moderates. Used to be.
“I hope this clarifies everyone’s thinking about how important it is to get these bills behind us,” said Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., which represents some of Washington’s affluent suburbs. “The time for cavitating is over.”
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-VA, lamented that some fellow Democrats “wanted to be purists about their own particular goals, left, right, and center.” “A lot of politics is about timing. And there was a time to do something that would have helped these two states,” he said.
Three-quarters of voters said the talks in Washington on Biden’s governance agenda were a significant factor in their vote. Those voters were more likely to support Youngkin, according to preliminary results from AP VoteCast, a poll of Virginia voters.
Rather than swiftly passing the agreement during the negotiations, the Progressives used the moment to urge the party to restore the liberal priorities left during the negotiations. He blamed the electoral defeat on the failure of the Democrats to bold enough the bills. Biden and congressional leaders have cut in half what was a $3.5 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives, reducing or eliminating provisions embraced by progressives but opposed by spending moderates.
“The lesson in 2022 is that Democrats need to use power to do great things for the working people and then build on those achievements,” the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said in a statement.
Progressive rape. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said Democrats continued to delay their economic bills, but cited other factors as well.
“I think there’s a general sense of dissatisfaction, a tough year with Delta Edition, challenges in the supply chain, a sense that Washington is gridlocked. We can’t control external circumstances, but we get things done.” Khanna said.
On his way back to the US Wednesday morning from global summits in Europe, Biden spoke on COVID vaccination for children but otherwise had no public events as he and his advisers took stock of what happened in Virginia and New Jersey. What lessons can be learned from voting?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., said they are preparing to add a paid family leave provision to the domestic policy bill. The proposal has been a major priority for progressives, but was shelved after liberal Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.VA complained about its cost.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of the House GOP, signaled its optimism on Wednesday by adding 13 Democratic-held House seats to 57 it already targeted for 2022.
“In a cycle like this, no Democrat is safe,” said Representative Tom Emmer, R-Min., president of the NRCC.
Still, Democrats said a lot could change in 12 months including the easing of inflation and the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of their party’s economic agenda.
“It could be a very different political climate until next spring,” Connolly said.