The Squad May Have Won but Socialism Didn’t

The Squad May Have Won but Socialism Didn't

( – The 2020 election didn’t turn out very well for Congressional Democrats. Some estimates suggested they could have picked up 5 to 20 seats in the House and enough seats in the Senate to make them the majority. Neither happened.

Instead of a big blue wave for Democrats, they lost seats in the House as Republicans could pick up 7 to 12 seats. They failed to defeat a single Republican incumbent and lost five seats in districts that went for Trump. In a year when Republicans retired in mass from the House, they thought the open seats were ripe for the taking.

Their failure to expand the House and win the Senate is hardly a glowing endorsement for the socialist movement of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and the four House representatives known as the “squad.” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Oman (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) easily won re-election. They also added a few new House representatives to their numbers.

But, it wasn’t enough as voters rejected their policies and went with more moderate or conservative candidates.

The Far-Left is Pushing Forward

Though Democrats failed miserably on election night, that’s not stopping the squad from trying to move the country to the far left. Never mind that the country overwhelmingly rejected their agenda. The far-left doesn’t believe that’s what happened. AOC believes she is the voice of all youth and that it’s just a matter of time before the old guard dies off and today’s young people can take over America.

Just before the election, AOC said, “Right now young people are so clear on their stances on so many political issues that they believe that they want to vote for a president that is at least is [sic] going to be receptive to their advocacy, activism, and protests, frankly.”

That may be true in her District in the Bronx. However, that may not resonate in the heartland.

Regardless of whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden wins the White House, the minority “squad” in the House is here to stay, and they plan on making a ruckus. Will the far left moderate themselves and work with a President Trump or a more moderate Democrat in Joe Biden?

There’s no chance of that, but they won’t have much of a say or a choice in legislation unless House Democratic leadership gives them that ability.

However, they will continue to push for Medicare for all, free college, student debt relief, repeal of right to work laws, and advocate for the Green New Deal’s out of control spending. While the House added Republicans, that won’t stop Democrats from passing laws that can’t meet muster in the Senate.

Republican-Led Senate to the Rescue

The Republican-led Senate will frustrate Democrats to no end for at least the next two years. A GOP-led Senate will block every liberal wish list law the Democrats pass in the House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will simply ignore them.

Whoever the president is in January, he could have either a very quiet first two years, aside from foreign policy, or he’ll have to work with Congress to get bipartisan legislation through. That will be difficult with a strong left-leaning House and Republican-led conservative Senate. The two couldn’t even agree on a COVID-19 stimulus package from August through October.

It appears that AOC and the left are excited about the future. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem they got the news about the election’s outcome and their prospects to fulfill their far-left agenda.

Of course, there will be another election.

Will America embrace far-left policies in two years?

We’ll see.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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