McCaskill Blames Senate Loss on Polarization, But She Was No Moderate McCaskill Blames Senate Loss on Polarization, But She Was No Moderate – NTK Network

McCaskill Blames Senate Loss on Polarization, But She Was No Moderate

In a postmortem interview with NPR, McCaskill attempted to paint herself as a bipartisan dealmaker who routinely reached across the aisle.

By NTK Staff | 11.30.2018 @1:00pm
McCaskill Blames Senate Loss on Polarization, But She Was No Moderate

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) won’t be returning to Washington, D.C. next year, or at least, not as a member of the U.S. Senate. Following her defeat at the hands of Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, McCaskill spoke to NPR about her loss, compromise, and President Trump.

In the interview, McCaskill attempted to paint her loss as a byproduct of partisan divisions that run rampant in Washington, D.C. and have seeped out into the states.

“This demand for purity, this looking down your nose at people who want to compromise, is a recipe for disaster for the Democrats,” she said Thursday in her Capitol Hill office. “Will we ever get to a majority in the Senate again, much less to 60, if we do not have some moderates in our party?”

The problem with McCaskill’s logic? She was not exactly a moderate in the U.S. Senate. McCaskill voted against last year’s tax cut bill, and she opposed Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Her colleagues, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), all found Gorsuch fit to serve on the highest court in the land, but McCaskill did not.

On social issues, McCaskill had a typical liberal voting record. She voted against eliminating federal subsidies of Planned Parenthood, against rolling back portions of ObamaCare, and for efforts to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights.

On the campaign trail, Hawley criticized McCaskill for voting for “100 percent of President Obama’s judicial nominees.” PolitiFact looked into the claim and found it to be true.

So while McCaskill laments the lack of cooperation, moderation, and compromise, she has only herself to blame when a state whose voters opted for Donald Trump by a 19-point margin chose Hawley over her, a liberal politician who more often than not voted in lockstep with her party.

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