Election season brings out the worst in the political ruling class, that’s for sure.
The democratic party is learning this lesson the hard way in 2019, as the coming presidential election has the liberals at each others’ throats with a gusto not before seen in modern times. It’s an all out civil war within the party, as establishment democrats attempt to fend off a new wave of radicals, who are dominating the news cycles and social media.
In her role as Speaker of The House, Nancy Pelosi has taken to wrangling these petulant progressives with an iron fist and a biting tongue.
Her latest target, freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been lambasted by Madame Speaker in a plethora of ways, including a dig that proclaimed a “glass of water” with “a D” could have won the electoral districts that AOC won back in 2018.
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But Pelosi’s characterization of Ocasio-Cortez’s support inside the halls of the Capitol is misleading at best, ignorant at worst, and it has caused some concern about the longtime politico’s congressional cognizance.
Pelosi downplayed the influence of the new-wave progressives, particularly Ocasio-Cortez, who pushed the party leftwards, during an interview with CBS News’ Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes,” saying that despite the noise, the party is still largely centrist and rejects socialism “as an economic system.”
“You have these wings, AOC and her group on one side,” Stahl told Pelosi, to which the 79-year-old replied: “That’s like five people.”
Pelosi may be trying an old trick, however, in eclipsing AOC’s support through the liberal-friendly mainstream media.
If this isn’t a purposeful ruse to cut AOC’s support off at the knees, then Pelosi’s mischaracterization of the machinations of her own party are yet another indication that, perhaps, she is not long for Capitol Hill.
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