Claire McCaskill’s Bizarre Comments Since Losing Senate Race
Claire McCaskill continues to make questionable comments since losing her Senate re-election race showing how out of touch she is with the democratic base.
“I have been standing in the breach for women’s rights as it relates to reproductive freedom for all of my adult life, and the fact that these [those critiquing her platform and strategy] didn’t realize that and just be quiet, roll up their sleeves, and work their ass off for me was beyond irritating,” former United States Senator Claire McCaskill said on The New York Times, The Daily Podcast in late December.
Her comments come on the back of her unique strategy of distancing herself from the most popular politicians on the left, along with calling some Democrats ‘crazy’ during her failed re-election campaign.
“Well, the crazy Democrats are the people who are getting in the face of elected officials in restaurants and screaming at them. The crazy Democrats is whoever put a swastika on one of Josh Hawley’s signs in rural Missouri. That’s the kind of stuff I’m talking about, the extreme stuff,” McCaskill said during a CNN interview in late October.
“I would not call my colleagues crazy, but Elizabeth Warren sure went after me when I advocated tooling back some of the regulations for small banks and credit unions,” she said on Fox News during the campaign. “I certainly disagree with Bernie Sanders on a bunch of stuff,” she would continue.
“I’m a little confused why she’s [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] the thing,” McCaskill told CNN in recent days. “But it’s a good example of what I’m talking about, a bright shiny new object, came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman.”
McCaskill continued jabs towards candidates representing a Social Democratic platform despite the fact that she, Joe Donnelly, and Heidi Heitkamp each lost their Senate re-election campaigns during a Democratic wave 2018 midterm. Each ran on a Conservative-Liberal platform, running away from those supporting a Social Democratic platform.
Stating that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has “cheap rhetoric” and the allusion that she [McCaskill] is good at getting ‘results’ lacks understanding of current polling and favorable policies of younger voters in the country.
Proof that McCaskill may have alienated voters is the passing of a medical marijuana ballot initiative in her state of Missouri. Democratic candidate Nicole Galloway also won a State Auditor election, which is also a state-wide election.
McCaskill’s re-election bid accepted money from Defense Political Action Committees (PACs) including Lockheed Martin ($5,000), Northrop Grumman ($5,000), and Raytheon ($5,000). Such donations distance her from the grassroots movement on the left to eliminate the influence of PAC money in politics. Her campaign also took money from the much-maligned pharmaceutical company Pfizer ($2,500).
It’s difficult for a politician who takes this much money from questionable companies to effectively claim they are getting results for their constituents and not their donors.
With the changing landscape of politics within the United States, it’s vital for potential representatives to listen to the voters and not those who lost races in which they would have won by running competent campaigns.
Aside from revealing a lack of understanding of the political landscape, she seems like a poor sport. At a time when establishment Democrats should be extending an olive branch to younger voters and members of the party, rhetoric like hers and Joe “I Have No Empathy for Millennials” Biden’s suggests instead they are the ones who need attitude readjustments.
The ‘shut up and work for me’ comment was absurd. To me it highlights to difference between a Social Democratic ideology and a Conservative Liberal one. As you stated she seems to not have any understanding of the political landscape or current polling.