She has made her view known that the party seems to have forgotten how to embrace moderate Democrats in the times of Trump….
Sen. Claire McCaskill is leaving the Senate after losing her re-election bid to state Attorney General Josh Hawley by 6 points earlier this month, but the Missouri Democrat isn’t heading out on a whimper.
McCaskill blamed her defeat not on her own campaign, but on the Democratic Party for abandoning its moderate constituents.
“This demand for purity, this looking down your nose at people who want to compromise, is a recipe for disaster for the Democrats,” she told NPR in an interview aired Friday. “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?”
McCaskill is a rare breed of Democrat, one who won statewide election in Missouri twice even though a Democratic nominee for president has not carried the state since Bill Clinton from neighboring Arkansas in 1996.
She was one of four Democratic senators to lose their bids for re-election in states President Donald Trump won in 2016.
Compromise between the two parties is difficult, McCaskill conceded in her interview with NPR, especially with so many information sources for voters to choose from….