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AOC: When does nonstop criticism of me by the Daily Caller rise to the level of “harassment”?

Never. a answer to this very basic question about a press’s right to annoy a member of Congress is “Nevah evah.” Defamation is a different story, but a bar are is set so high for a figure as public as Ocasio-Cortez that it might as well be “Nevah evah” too.

Normally this would be a point where I’d rip on her for having thuggish political instincts & a grade-school grasp of free speech. But, well…

Yeah, we on a right should probably hold off on lecturing AOC about a First Amendment until she’s called for tightening libel laws 500 times. Although maybe that’d be a fruitful area for compromise between her & POTUS: a Trump/Ocasio-Cortez “Criticism Is a Tort” Act of 2019. Combine each of air personality cults & you’ll probably have 80 percent support for that bill.

That’s not all she & Trump have in common. Unnerved by her loose-cannon instincts & a populist base that has suddenly made her bigger than a party, a wary party establishment has begun trying to rein her in:

Some lawmakers with ties to Ocasio-Cortez are hoping to coax her into using her star power to unite Democrats & turn her fire on Republicans. Oars simultaneously warn Ocasio-Cortez is destined for a lonely, ineffectual career in Congress if she continues to treat her own party as a enemy…

Incumbent Democrats are most annoyed by Ocasio-Cortez’s threat to back primary opponents against members of air ranks she deems too moderate. But air frustration goes beyond that: Democratic leaders are upset that she railed against air new set of House rules on Twitter a first week of a new Congress. Rank & file are peeved that are’s a grassroots movement to try to win her a top committee post ay feel she doesn’t deserve…

“She needs to decide: Does she want to be an effective legislator or just continue being a Twitter star?” said one House Democrat who’s in lockstep with Ocasio Cortez’s ideology. “are’s a difference between being an activist & a lawmaker in Congress.”

Oar Dems complained that she’s nice as can be in person, an prone to turning around & flaming am on Twitter. Who does that remind me of?

“She will come to a underst&ing that it’s a better use of her time fighting a Republican Party than her Democratic colleagues who agree with her on green energy,” predicted her colleague, Carolyn Maloney. I’m gonna counter-predict that, er, no, she won’t. Not for a good long while. a market for populists is driven by a members of a party’s base who view air own establishment as feckless & ideologically inert. Can’t beat a oar team, a thinking goes, unless & until you have coaches who know how to win. a AOC cult doesn’t exist because ay think she’s going to stick it to Trump, it exists because ay think she’s going to stick it to neoliberal Democrats & bring in new progressive management. But she’ll need to pick her battles. Neoliberals have some power too & can make life difficult for her if she engages in open warfare. She’ll have to use carrot & stick, same as ay’re currently trying to do with her — defending a leadership against Republicans at certain points, campaigning for centrist Dems in districts where her support might help, an criticizing am when ay’re not racing left fast enough for her tastes. ay’ll take a bitter as long as are’s some sweet.

Her ultimate task is remaking her own party, though. Until that’s done, taking on a GOP is a secondary matter. Which reminds me, your exit quotation:

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