There’s something about self-destruction that’s strangely beautiful to watch, and we are very privileged to live in an era of unprecedented devouring of the self by the Democratic Party.
This internal strife is currently being embodied by the AOC vs. Nancy Pelosi smackdown we all didn’t know we wanted. It’s the total package: new vs. old, young vs. elderly, but with the dry “we’re not so different, you and I” twist. Their most recent exchange embodies this with the most cliché language I could dare to hope for, with Pelosi saying of AOC and fellow freshmen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley after they voted against emergency funding for border camps, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
“Their public whatever and their Twitter world.” I’m. CRYING. Can any of us honestly say that we haven’t heard an elderly relative use those EXACT WORDS before?? How about instead of term limits we do regular screenings of technology awareness, and anyone who says things like “public whatever” and “Twitter world” have their public office stripped from them?
I almost want to give Pelosi credit– her confidence is earned (at least compared to AOC and her pals), and she’s made decisions about supporting funding for the border and resisting impeachment proceedings that I think are wise.
But then she says things like, “O.K., they impeached Clinton for something so ridiculous — getting impeached for doing a dumb thing as a guy.”
I don’t understand how PERJURY is a “dumb thing as a guy,” but that’s fine. Just want to throw out a casual reminder that Clinton is probably an actual rapist since we as a country somehow seem to keep forgetting that. But anyway.
Back to the topic at hand, Ocasio-Cortez, as expected, had something to say in response to Pelosi’s casual dismissal of her influence.
That public “whatever” is called public sentiment.
And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country. https://t.co/u6JtgwwRsk
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 7, 2019
Oh, you mean the public sentiment of your constituents who actually don’t really like you? Is it just me, or is “shifting [public sentiment] not really what you were elected to do? Correct me if I’m wrong, but elected representatives should be representing, not changing constituents’ sentiment. As Townhall puts it,
Maybe AOC needs to take a step back from social media and focus on what her constituents actually want. She champions ridiculous ideas, and the reality is, only a small fraction of Americans – and apparently her constituents – agree with what she pushes. This poll is just more proof that Ocasio-Cortez is more focused on being a rising star in the progressive movement and championing progressive ideas than she is about actually representing her constituents.
None of this is news, really. I understand that. But, if I may borrow the words of one of literature’s greatest heroines, “I dearly love a laugh.”