Well, the election is over, so it’s apparently time for Joe Biden to make his much-expected pivot to the hard left. In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday, Biden spokesperson Kate Bedingfield was asked to respond to recent remarks by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said she was afraid that Democrats would abandon the progressives that put them into power.
“I don’t know how open they’ll be. And it’s not a personal thing,” AOC told The New York Times. “It’s just, the history of the party tends to be that we get really excited about the grassroots to get elected. And then those communities are promptly abandoned right after an election.”
On “Meet the Press,” Todd pressed Bedingfield to respond to Ocasio-Cortez’s concerns.
“Some people hear the word consensus on the left and they think it means you’re gonna sell the left out,” Todd said. “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said this in an interview about her expectations on how the Biden administration will be to the left of the party, and she says, ‘The history of the party tends to be that we get really excited about the grassroots to get elected, and then those communities are promptly abandoned right after an election.’ Let me ask you this: do you believe that she’s going to be disappointed or not when she sees the agenda of the Biden administration in the first six months?”
“No, I think that Vice President Biden campaigned on an incredibly progressive and aggressive agenda,” Bedingfield replied. “Take a look, for example, at his climate plan. It’s the boldest, biggest climate plan that’s ever been put forward by, you know, by a nominee running for president, and now a president-elect.
“He’s going to make good on those commitments,” she continued. “I mean we, you know, he spent time during this campaign bringing people together around this climate plan. He was able to get the endorsement of groups like the Sunrise Movement and the endorsement of Labor for this plan. It’s a big, aggressive plan. It’s a perfect example of the kind of, you know, big effort that he is going to make to meet this moment and to meet these crises that we’re in.”
Well, at least now it’s out in the open. Biden campaigned as a centrist answer to the Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warrens of the party, but now that he’s (apparently) secured victory, all of that is out the window. Now it’s time to forget about the 71 million Americans who voted against him and cozy up to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and an agenda that appeals to a tiny percentage of the American people. Does he really think the Obama/Trump/Biden voters in the Midwest are looking for an “incredibly progressive and aggressive agenda”?
Republicans had better pull out all the stops to win those Georgia Senate runoff elections. They could be all that stands between us and real trouble.