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Ex-Dem Senator Desperately Tweets Poll at Her Party: Don’t Be Like Ocasio-Cortez!

Ex-Dem Senator Desperately Tweets Poll at Her Party: Don’t Be Like Ocasio-Cortez!

“Are any 2020 Presidential candidates paying attention to this?”

The gist: Former Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri tweeted a poll Sunday showing that most Democrats want their party to move toward the political center rather than leftward, asking: “Are any 2020 Presidential candidates paying attention to this?”

The poll: A survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted from Jan. 9 to Jan. 14, found that a majority of likely Democratic voters want the party to moderate (53 percent) rather than become more liberal (40 percent).

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By the way: This is in sharp contrast to Republican voters, who largely want to see their party go in a more conservative direction (58 percent) rather than show moderation (38 percent).


McCaskill’s sentiment is somewhat quaint considering she lost her reelection bid in Missouri in November, after which she accepted a job as a professional kibitzer on NBC. Her loss has been viewed (including by herself) as a result of her reluctance to join the more radical wing of her party during the pile-on hearings of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In December, on her way out of office, McCaskill tangled with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, whom she dismissed as “a bright and shiny new object” and deemed part of the Democrats’ problem.

Given the current mood of the Democratic Party, where Ocasio-Cortez is hailed as kingmaker, McCaskill’s admonition seems likely to be taken as the butt of a joke rather than sage advice.


Read more: GQ’s Like Darby unpacks Pew’s ambiguous goalposts of “more conservative”/”more liberal.”

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Cover image: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York. (Screen grab from YouTube)



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