“Progressive firebrand” and MSNBC staple Alan Grayson may have lost his congressional reelection bid this Tuesday, but it doesn’t appear that he will abandon his progressive causes anytime soon. In an interview that parallels Bill O’Reilly‘s chat with Christine O’Donnell on Fox News, Grayson evaluated his strategy and defeat this week with MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur.
Grayson, visibly downbeat about his election results, explained that the reason for his defeat was the inability of Democrats nationally to get out the vote. “If Democrats don’t vote,” he told Uygur, “Democrats can’t win.” Explaining that turnout had fallen 20% for Republicans and 60% for Democrats in his district since 2008, he argued that “Democrats are saddened and demoralized by this policy of appeasement” that he believes always leads to defeat where compromise is not an option. Compromise, he continued, was not possible with Republicans because their entire strategy is “no.”
“There is no ‘center left,'” he continued to argue, such that being a centrist or attempting to ignore extremes was a losing policy. Calling the campaign a “national disaster,” Grayson believes his defeat was not a local issue, but a national epidemic of malaise on the left. “Our voters went on strike,” he concluded, “and we have to win them back by accomplishing things for ordinary people.”
The interview via MSNBC below:
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