Of all the Republican governors who joined the Democratic drive to change Donald Trump’s presidency, few got out of the 2020 election, and there was as little to show as former Ohio Governor John Kasich of the anti-election – and anti-labor charlatan who failed In his 2016 Republican presidential bid, he made himself the “Never Trumper” and landed a prime-time appearance at the Democratic National Convention last summer. The theory was that Kasich was the very guy who poked Republicans and self-identified conservatives in battlefield states – like Ohio – to Joe Biden. So what happened in Ohio? Nothing. In 2016, Trump won the state through 8.1 percent the vote. In 2020 he won it through 8.2 percent. Ohio didn’t turn around. Still there was Kasich on CNNMinutes after Biden’s victory was announced on Saturday, he argued that the Democrats would have done better “if they had more clearly opposed the hard left”.
“The best thing that has ever happened to Joe Biden is the fact that the United States Senate will either be Republican or very close.” said Kasichwho supposedly fishing a cabinet post. “And the extreme left can push it as hard as they want. And frankly, the leftist Democrats have to make it clear that they almost cost him this election. ”
This is nonsense. Outgoing progressive caucus-cochair of Wisconsin, Mark Pocan, summed up the absurdity of defying Kasich when he told the story The nation“I hardly think anyone with experience only in electing Republicans, someone whose own state voted for Trump, is the most credible source for explaining what happened in a presidential election, including Democrats in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania turned over. ” The Kasich Line, however, has been picked up by pundit and Wall Street-friendly Democrats who have a vested interest in fueling the fantasy that progressives are the problem, as part of their ongoing efforts to curb the party’s ambitions in retaking the presidency .
There were even House Democrats who suffered setbacks in the 2020 Congressional races. who unload during a call last week over the alleged “harm” that progressives advocating Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and major policing reforms have done to the party’s prospects –also as polls showed Seventy percent of Americans are in favor of “changing the health care system so that every American can participate in a government-led health plan,” 68 percent are in favor of “increasing federal government spending on green and renewable energy,” and 72 percent believe racism Police work is a serious problem, while 68 percent say the criminal justice system requires major changes, up to and including a “complete overhaul”.
After Kasich finished the pontificate on Saturday, historian Barbara Ransby expressed frustration that CNN was providing a platform for a Republican “who has no credibility or allegiance because he is targeting the very people who are causing the uproar in the Democratic Party, Offer energy and hope “. Emphasis on the work of progressives such as representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, Pramila Jayapal from Washington and Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts, Ransby explained“Biden didn’t win that, the movement organizers.”
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “John Kasich, who didn’t deliver Dems to Ohio, tells people like @IlhanMNwho shipped Minnesota are the problem. Please don’t take these people seriously and celebrate again and build power. “AOC got to the point when she added,” I’ve thought about it so much @IlhanMN. Trump made Minnesota explicitly about YOU. Said he would win because of her. Many dems in DC believed him and marginalized them. The burden wasn’t fair, but she accepted the challenge anyway. She won. Credit and respect them. @ RashidaTlaib to.”
While votes are still being held in Arizona and Georgia, where Biden is only narrowly ahead, the Great Lakes Battlefield results have given the Democrat the electoral college votes necessary to stand for the presidency.
In 2016, four “Blue Wall” states that backed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 – Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio – voted Republicans. And a fifth, Minnesota, got within 45,000 votes. That year, Trump’s strategy was to hold onto Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio and turn Minnesota around.
Kasichs Ohio left for Trump early on election night. And things weren’t looking good in the other states. But then the votes were counted in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Philadelphia, and other major cities. Minnesota stood firm for the Democrats. Wisconsin chose Biden. Then Michigan. Finally, on Saturday they called Pennsylvania. In each of these states, determined grassroots organizations mobilizing multicultural, multiethnic working-class neighborhoods and advocating progressive strategies succeeded in providing substantial support for the Biden Harris ticket.
Imagine Minnesota where Trump said in September, “How about Omar of Minnesota? We’ll win the state of Minnesota because of her, they say. She tells us how to govern our country. How did you do where you come from How is your country doing? “Omar’s response to Trump’s racist appeal was a massive organizational drive to increase voter turnout in their mostly democratic congressional district. The goal was to, in some way, increase the national democratic vote, she said to me, that would “make sure this is a completely embarrassing choice for [Trump]. “Though her re-election was assured, Omar’s campaign asked organizers to take to the streets in Minneapolis, knock on doors and say,” We have a chance to show up, be counted, and then hear our voices. ” The representative also worked with unions and grassroots voter mobilization groups and was commended by Minnesota Peasant Labor Party leader Ken Martin told The Washington Post that Omar “realizes she has a responsibility to increase voter turnout; It’s really important for all of our nationwide races, especially the presidential race. ”
The strategy worked. In 2016, Minneapolis and the Hennepin County area received the ticket to the Democratic presidency around 430,000 votes63 percent of the nationwide total. In 2020 the Democrats won more than 530,000 votes71 percent. “We knocked on doors. We spoke on the phone. And we have more Biden voters than anywhere in the state, ”said Omar, his district almost 90 percent turnout contributed greatly to Biden’s 52-45 win in Minnesota.
A similar story played out in Wisconsin, where Pocan restructured his campaign to highlight the top of the ticket in the optional Madison while US Representative Gwen Moore offered a “MooreActionDrive to raise the turnout in Milwaukee. The organizers recognized both cities for their role in reversing the 2016 result in the state, giving Biden a 20,000 vote win.
In Michigan, where Trump won by nearly 10,000 votes in 2016, Tlaib worked in the Detroit area of Wayne County. “Our team knocked on doors, called and texted residents, and registered people who had never voted before,” she said. This year, Detroit gave Biden 233,908 votes to just 12,654 votes for Trump when Democrats carried the state with around 150,000 votes.
Like Omar, Pocan, and Moore, Tlaib quickly shared loans with grassroots groups who worked to increase turnout. “I love the way we do it in Detroit,” she told me Thursday. “They had people organizing locally, so much hard work in every church.” But newly elected US representative Jamaal Bowman from New York I didn’t hesitate to explain that Omar and Tlaib “were important factors in the delivery of Minnesota and Michigan to Joe Biden. My sisters are movement and nation builders. ”
Bowman is right. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and the movements they work with made – unlike John Kasich – significant contributions to the swing of the battlefield states that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris chose. They are the media that democratic strategists should listen to.