In the latest exchange between the House Speaker and the fiery Latina backbencher from Queens, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Nancy Pelosi of racism. The accusation suggests that the civil war among House Democrats has risen to a near-unprecedented intensity.
Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post that she was finding Pelosi’s repeated attempts to her and other radical House Democrats to be increasingly tiresome.
“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood.
“But the persistent singling out — it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful — the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Earlier, Pelosi had mocked Ocasio-Cortez and the other radical House members known collectively as “the squad” suggesting that a lot of Twitter followers do not erase the fact that they only have four votes between them. The other representatives are Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.
Later, AOC seemed to back off on her playing the race card when CNN’s Manu Raju asked the congresswoman whether she though Pelosi is a racist or has racial animus. Ocasio-Cortez replied, “No, no, absolutely not, absolutely not.”
However, the damage has been done. Democrats use charges of racism as a matter of course when sparring with Republicans. Indeed, Pelosi herself suggested that President Trump’s efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census is an attempt to “make America white again.”
But now Pelosi, used to gutter fighting when it comes to dealing with Republicans, is getting a taste of her own medicine. The phrase “what goes around comes around” comes to mind.
Reportedly, AOC has not had a one on one meeting with Pelosi since February when the Speaker offered and the freshman representative refused a seat on a new select House committee to deal with climate change. The refusal has puzzled political observers since climate change is Ocasio-Cortez’s signature issue.
She has even offered something called the Green New Deal that is designed to fix climate change in 12 years before, she says, it will kill us all. The plan contains howlers like banning air travel and cow flatulence.
A hint as to why AOC turned down the position came when she offered another complaint about how Speaker Pelosi has been treating her. She told the UK Daily Mail, “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.”
Of course, only AOC, the very personification of an entitlement addled millennial would assume that being given plum committee assignments is somehow an attempt to keep her from being a pest on social media and not a way for her to direct her excess energy into actual work. Hot Air was particularly snarky about Ocasio-Cortez’s attitude.
“But look, we can’t fault her too much for resenting having to work for a living. She’s a socialist, man. Imagine her showing up in Washington and finding out that she has to do nuts-and-bolts committee stuff, not just spend her time on Twitter ‘raising awareness.’”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to regard her elected office not so much as a mandate to serve her constituents, but as a platform to make trouble and be an Internet troll. She seems to have accomplished what most would have not thought to be impossible – generate sympathy for Nancy Pelosi among conservatives.
Members of Congress are often divided into two categories, workhorses and show horses. Workhorse members of Congress work long hours, attending committee meetings, drafting and pushing legislation, and are always in the home district attending town hall meetings, listening to constituents and making sure that anyone who has troubles with the federal government gets help from their office.
Show horse members of Congress are the sort that the most dangerous place to be is between them and a TV camera. AOC is frequently on cable TV news shows.
But she has also discovered that social media will get one talked about on the news just as much as being given softball questions on CNN. Ocasio-Cortez’s feud with Nancy Pelosi as well as her endless, incoherent rants on this subject or that is vastly entertaining.
She is a dream come true for people who write about politics. But how her blather helps the people back in his district is an unsolvable mystery.