Posted on January 6, 2022

Here Comes the Stacey Abrams Media Rebrand

Andrew Stiles, Washington Free Beacon, January 3, 2022

Stacey Abrams was repeatedly praised as a “bold progressive” with an “unapologetically left” agenda during her failed gubernatorial campaign in 2018. Now that she’s running again in 2022, Abrams and her media allies would like to revise the record by insisting that she is in fact a pragmatic moderate.

Astead Herndon’s most recent piece in the New York Times suggests the Stacey Abrams rebranding effort is well underway. Herndon, author of articles such as “Menace Enters the Republican Mainstream,” conducted his own “review” of Abrams’s political ideology and found “a leader who has carefully calibrated her positions, making a point to avoid drifting into one Democratic lane or another.”

The article includes a revealing quote from Democratic megadonor Steve Phillips about why white progressives, who comprise the vast majority of party activists and professional journalists, have been so willing to embrace Abrams as one of their own. “It’s hard for white progressives to be too critical of someone who is so strongly and fiercely unapologetically Black and female,” Phillips told the Times. “Her authenticity comes from the sectors that are the core parts of the progressive base.”

It’s certainly true that the white progressives who dominate the Democratic Party at the national level are egregiously out of touch with the policy preferences of most minority voters. Abrams has been reluctant to embrace extreme left-wing positions that might offend her billionaire donors, such as defunding the police, single-payer health care, and the Green New Deal. {snip}

The media coverage of the 2018 campaign, for example, was rather emphatic in terms of promoting Abrams as an example of how Democrats could find success by rejecting moderation. {snip}


Abrams was featured in a September 2018 opinion piece on the “rise of black progressives” who are “unapologetically left” and have “rejected the idea that [they need] centrist Democrats to win.” {snip}

Writing for the Times on the eve of the election in November 2018, Rutgers University professor Brittney Cooper, aka @ProfessorCrunk, touted Abrams as an example of how black women are “pushing the [Democratic] party farther left” and “creating a new vision for what progressive politics should be and how to get there.” {snip}