Progressive Uprising Ousts Incumbent Legislative Dems
Scott McKay’s analysis confirms my anecdotal observation that the Progressive/Labor wing of the Democratic party had a successful night.
The only real throw-the-bums out anger came from the Democratic left, not the GOP right. And it was in General Assembly elections. Nine House Democratic incumbents were tossed from office on a day when the progressive wing of the party and organized labor were successful….“I’d say it was a pretty good night for organized labor,’’ said George Nee, AFL_CIO state president.
While House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence was not pleased that he lost some stalwarts, he probably can keep his perch as speaker. The new House Democratic caucus will be more liberal than the last, so Fox may have to shift left a bit, which should not be too difficult for him.
McKay also notes the “paltry” turnout on the GOP side. Well, that shouldn’t be a surprise.
My quick analysis: There were very few real races in the GOP and my belief (hope?) is that many–including independents–are keeping their powder dry until the General Election. Overall turnout was very low, which is why the establishment Democrats did well statewide and a small block of motivated Progressive/Labor voters were able to win the ground game in a few targeted races against “DINOs.” They know how to play that game well. The key will be, as always, voter motivation. So which will be greater: the traditional GOTV ground game sure to be run by a coalition of Progressives/Labor and knee-jerk Democrats or the anti-incumbent wave comprised of conservative Democrats and highly motivated independents and Republicans?