Tuesday was a good day for anti-establishment Democrats
Democrats who ran on newly-progressive platforms, like the Green New Deal, and made major gains in the Virginia state government on Tuesday credit those approaches as part of the reason for their successes at the close of expensive and ultra-competitive races.
"Tonight showed that running on the Green New Deal is a key part of how Democrats can win elections. The polls and election results tell a clear story: the Green New Deal is a winning issue," said Varshini Prakash, the executive director of the Sunrise Movement, which advocates for grassroots organization surrounding the passage of the Green New Deal and legislation related to climate change.
"When Nancy Pelosi and corporate Democrats try to argue otherwise," Prakash said, "it's nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to shut down progressive policies and protect the interests of corporate donors."
If real leftist policies can win in Virginia, in an off-year election, then the Trump strategy of yelling "Socialism!" is headed toward failure.
Unless the Dem establishment bails them out.
Joshua Cole, a Bernie Sanders endorsed dem socialist candidate in Virginia's conservative District 28 just won & FLIPPED the seat away from a Republican. https://t.co/7KjAzqBJ4A
— Michael Sayman (@michaelsayman) November 6, 2019
Remember the viral photo of the woman on her bicycle who flipped off Trump's motorcade?
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) November 6, 2019
But the Dem machine isn't very popular right now.
An independent who changed her party affiliation after sparring with the local Democratic Party became the first elected female mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, taking the helm of a city known for its deep blue ties.
Paige Cognetti, a native Oregonian who worked on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and later had a stint in his Treasury Department, handily won her special election over the endorsed Democrat and other candidates in the crowded field.
BREAKING: Jack Stollsteimer will be the new DA of Delaware County, a populous county in the Philadelphia suburbs. Stollsteimer, a Democrat, ousted the incumbent GOP DA.
A core issue that Stollsteimer campaigned on: deprivatizing the county jail.
— The Appeal (@theappeal) November 6, 2019
You smell that? It smells like hope.