On the heels of Democrat Jon Ossoff’s narrow loss to Republican Karen Handel in the high-profile Georgia special election on Tuesday, many commentators are pinning the defeat on Democrats’ glaring lack of an inspiring and ambitious progressive agenda.
“Democrats can excite their base and also win over voters who are frustrated with both parties with a vision to transform our nation into one that serves the many and not a powerful few.”
—The Working Families Party
In a statement released as the race came to a close, MoveOn.org executive director Anna Galland acknowledged Ossoff’s success in making a race in a deeply red district close, but argued Democrats must embrace a platform that calls for “sweeping change” if they are to turn tight losses into decisive victories.
“There are two lessons in the Georgia results,” Galland argued. “One, that the Resistance movement is putting deep red districts and states in play. Two, even so, Democrats cannot take any race for granted—and if they want to win these tight races, they must do more than just be anti-Trump and spend millions of dollars. They must put forward a bold progressive vision for our country, running on core Democratic values.”
Galland went on to note the Ossoff campaign failed repeatedly to place the Republican healthcare plan—which is deeply unpopular—at the center of attention, instead opting to focus on “cutting spending” and opposing Medicare for all.
“Democrats will not win back power merely by serving as an alternative to Trump and Republicans,” she concluded.
The call for Democrats to cultivate a message amounting to more than “we’re not Trump” was echoed by the Working Families Party, which in a statement called for “Democratic candidates to run on a bold, inclusive populist platform.”
“Democrats can excite their base and also win over voters who are frustrated with both parties with a vision to transform our nation into one that serves the many and not a powerful few,” the statement concludes.
SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT