Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently took a shot at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and 3 other progressive members of the Democratic House caucus, insinuating they were few in number — with social media support, but “only” represented 4 votes.
This is not like Pelosi and almost certainly indicates Pelosi is tired of the childish antics AOC displays almost daily. But it means more than that. Pelosi never attacks sitting members, this is a cardinal rule for her, and to break that rule, AOC must have really struck a nerve.
I think Pelosi sees the truth, that in radical districts, firebomb throwing is OK, but that these districts are far and few between — and that Trump is gaining on the Dems, in all the other more moderate, swing districts. The American people do not believe the detention centers at the border (and elsewhere) are the equivalent of Nazi death camps, and to have suggested that, is an insult to Jews, Obama (who built them) and the American people. It is also a bald-faced lie and Pelosi knows that when you lie too often, and most importantly, about the wrong things, it will bite you in the ass come election night.
The question for Pelosi now — is how to rein AOC in, without an outright and very public clash. I don’t actually see that happening, AOC is unique, she’s an attention seeking narcissist, with no regard for the truth, her party, her constituents and/or her country. It’s all fair game for her and this frustrates Pelosi because she knows there is only so much air in the room, and she has not had much of a chance to use any of it –either for her own agenda and/or to attack her main target, Trump.
The media, of course, love AOC, she’s great copy, all a reporter has to do — is hang around her for a few days, get some pics and sound bites, and it can be career launching. Once upon a time, the now infamous lying Lanny Davis (he defended Bill Clinton, the rapist, against Monica Lewinsky, something no one has properly shamed him for) ran for a House of Delegates seat here in Montgomery County and was beaten by a carnival barker AOC type firebomb throwing pol named Robin Ficker. Ficker turned out to be an equal disgrace to Davis by attacking the leadership in Annapolis, giving out the home phone numbers of key delegates at a press conference — his very first week in Annapolis.
The leadership, of course, got together and made a decision, nothing Ficker touched, talked about or sponsored, even ceremonial bills (these are usually passed) would pass or even get a hearing. Ficker remained a gadfly for 2 years, and then the public, aware that he was now completely ineffectual, threw him out. Now that AOC has gotten under Pelosi’s thin skin, I see a similar fate for her, headlines, but no accomplishments.