Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be wrong more than a broken clock, but she’s very much correct to admonish Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for calling on members, including the four freshman Congresswomen who make up AOC’s “Crew,” to never go after each other publicly on social media.
“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just ok,” Pelosi said, according to a source in the room at a Democratic House Caucus meeting.
Pelosi believes in putting up a unified front. It’s a proper goal for a Speaker and the de facto leader of her party until a presidential nominee is selected. But in today’s day an age, it’s not the right approach. Putting up a unified front is putting up a false front as the Justice Democrats’ pawns – AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley – are very clear that they do not believe in the Democratic agenda as it’s currently being displayed. They are radical progressives who make Pelosi, once considered a true progressive, to seem practically conservative in her policy proposals.
Now, she’s openly opposing the Speaker.
The New York democratic socialist made the accusation during an interview released Tuesday on “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” where she said, “I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees. So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been a thorn in the side of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ever since taking office — publicly opposing leadership and voting against it on a number of issues — along with a handful of other far-left freshman Democratic congresswomen who call themselves “the squad,” including Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.).
Let’s disregard the notion that doing her job and being given committee assignments is not something she should be balking against even if it takes away from her activist time to force her to be a Congresswoman. That’s a whole other issue with AOC not worth exploring right now.
It is important for anyone who is going against the party to be able to express those views publicly. This isn’t the 80s or 90s when bipartisanship was possible and tribalism was only as powerful as absolutely necessary to push an agenda. Today, partisanship is king and tribalism is the name of the game. Whether it’s AOC, former Republican Justin Amash, or anyone else who has something to say that does not properly align with what the party is saying, their willingness to make those statements is the only way any actual discourse can take place in DC politics today.
Without public dissent, everything becomes a binary choice. That’s not healthy. It never has been and it’s never been more rampant than it is today.
AOC may be a pain to Nancy Pelosi, but that doesn’t make her a positive distraction to Democrats, as some have noted. By making everything about her, it takes the focus away from the disastrous policies Democrats are pushing.
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