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NY Times – The Daily (a podcast): The Freshmen – Mikie Sherill

18/08/2019

Trump and his comments about the Squad and their responses have been prominent in the media. Yet the Squad are in fact a minority, and a disproportionately prominent minority.

In this episode NY Times The Daily podcast profiles one of the new Congressional Democrats from the 2018 – Mikie Andrews who is a moderate.

Moderates are key, unlike the media junkies such as the Squad who hog the headlines and are an electoral advantage for Trump every time they say or do something stupid, which seems to be daily. One of the issues for the Democrats is that the Squad especially AOC are very media savvy.

As I have written before:

I think that in someways the Squad are a gift to Trump as they enable him to smear the entire Democratic Party, especially as they have closed ranks around the Squad in the face of trump’s remarks. Yet many of the Squad’s positions are anathema to the voters whose support the Democrats need if they are to take the White house, hold the Houses and make inroads into the Senate.

The Squad need to understand the problems they cause the bulk of the Democrats, they will be defended against racist remarks by Trump and his cohorts , but when they espouse other positions their support is unlikely to be as strong. Furthermore some of their attitudes especially as regards Free Speech, Israel for example are highly controversial for many Democratic voters, let alone Independents, never mind moderate Republicans. Pelosi has to have an eye to the electoral strategy for the Democrats as a whole, but the Squad luxuriate in their activist coccoon at the expense it seems to me of their colleagues.

As the lead in from NYT says

An outspoken progressive wing in the House has seized the country’s attention. But the path to power for Democrats may depend on moderates, who have a very different vision for the party. Meet one of them

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