After losing her Missouri Senate Seat to Josh Hawley, Senator Claire McCaskill has had time to reflect and made some candid remarks about the failures of her party in a NPR interview.
McCaskill blamed her own loss as a failure of the Democrat party “to gain enough trust with rural Americans.”
With the emergence of far left Democrat party media stars like Ocasio-Cortez who preach socialism and amnesty for illegals, it’s not hard to see how McCaskill worries the Democrats have lost their once more moderate base.
One of the most interesting admissions McCaskill made was that Democrats’ strategic decision to make a spectacle over their losing attempt to stop Kavanaugh using alleged victim Christine Blasey Ford, was not a good decision.
I don’t think my vote [against Kavanaugh] hurt me as much as the spectacle that occurred. There were mistakes made by my party in terms of how that was handled. I don’t think that communication [from Christine Blasey Ford] to the judiciary committee should have been kept private as long as it was. The FBI deals with a lot of confidential information, and that would have absolved [judiciary committee ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein] of the very real perception that this was an 11th-hour attempt to gut a guy.
Finally, McCaskill admitted Democrats need to learn to compromise and stop seeing compromise as a bad thing.
The problem is the politicsof compromise. We have developed into a society where everyone can go to their chosen news outlet for affirmation and not information. They can go to their chosen websites, their chosen Facebook pages, for affirmation and not information. Everyone gets in their own bubble. And when you’re in that kind of echo chamber, it feels very scary to step outside of it. People have black armbands on around the Democratic caucus, because it feels like we’ve lost Lindsey Graham. He is someone who was willing to step outside that bubble from time to time and really do the hard work on issues like immigration. We’re mourning right now because we fear he’s gone.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is about to head home after losing her bid for re-election, and in defeat she’s blaming her own Democratic Party for abandoning moderates.
McCaskill has represented Missouri in the Senate since 2007. During her tenure, President Obama lost Missouri twice and President Trump won it handily. McCaskill was one of 10 Senate Democrats running for re-election in states Trump won; four lost.
In an interview with Morning Edition host Rachel Martin, McCaskill characterized her loss as a “failure” of the Democratic Party “to gain enough trust with rural Americans,” and she predicted her party will struggle to win other seats as long as President Trump remains in office.
“This demand for purity, this looking down your nose at people who want to compromise, is a recipe for disaster for the Democrats,” she said Thursday in her Capitol Hill office. “Will we ever get to a majority in the Senate again, much less to 60, if we do not have some moderates in our party?”