All is definitely not well in the Democratic House majority. After tensions rose to a fever pitch between the moderates and the radicals over the latest border bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again belittled the new class of extreme-left freshmen Democrats for going against the family. In an interview with The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, Pelosi went out of her way to downplay the influence Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her crew have on the direction of the country.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
The four people in question are Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and they are none too happy about the compromises Pelosi has made in order to get stuff done in the House of Representatives. This week, after Pelosi reportedly dressed the four down in private (“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 okay.”), Ocasio-Cortez accused the House Speaker of racism.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post. “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.”
Well, Nancy, you reap what you sow. Wasn’t it you who, just a few days ago, was telling the press that Trump’s immigration policies were an attempt to “make America white again”? Yeah, well, when you recklessly throw accusations of racism around like that, don’t be surprised when they swing around and hit you in the forehead. Now it’s you – white woman of the West Coast – against four women of color. How do you think that’s going to play in the liberal blogosphere?
Pelosi has a monster on the loose in her caucus, and it’s not at all clear what she can do to slay the beast.
Oh well, grab the popcorn.