In case you’re wondering, we did our job here in the eighth district of Virginia. Rep. Jim Moran decimated opponent Patrick Murray tonight with a 23-point lead.
You won’t see this district’s election in the headlines. And that’s a shame. Because the election here in the Peoples’ Republic of Arlington is the real story.
You see, Rep. Moran is a progressive.
Here’s a bit from the Alexandria Times, a news organization I wasn’t aware existed until tonight:
In his acceptance speech Moran rejected claims his party had overreached since President Barack Obama’s inauguration, comparing their legislative successes with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In a year when many candidates campaigned against government intervention, Moran embraced health care reform, Wall Street regulation and the stimulus bill.
The soon-to-be 11-term congressman predicted Republicans running on an anti-government platform may have trouble governing. Moran also pledged to work with Obama to fight off any attempt at rolling back the party’s legislative gains.
“We cannot allow the politics of fear and narrow-mindedness to win over the American legacy of … optimism,” he said. “We’re Democrats second and Americans first. This is our country and we’re proud to see it realize its full potential.”
Now, it is understood that Northern Virginia is generally liberal politically. But. Do you think it’s a coincidence that a Democrat who governs as a progressive and who ran as a progressive ended up with his boot on his opponent’s neck and will now serve his 11th term as a congressman, in an election year when Democrats in congress are considered to be an endangered species?
Bear in mind, Moran’s job security isn’t a fait accompli. Moran first won the position in 1990 versus a six-term Republigoat, Stanford Parris.
If you’ll recall, this writer called this election as it actually occurred on September 7, 2010. I wrote, very specifically:
Democrats are going to LOSE in November.
But the logic behind my prediction holds. Democrats in this election season ran away from their accomplishments, not on them.
I’ve seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn’t believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don’t want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.
But when a Democratic candidate goes out and explains what the New Deal and fair Deal really are—when he stands up like a man and puts the issues before the people—then Democrats can win, even in places where they have never won before. It has been proven time and again.
It has been proven time and again. Right here in the eighth district. Democrats should pay attention to Jim Moran.