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Ocasio-Cortez: I wonder why Pelosi’s attacking “women of color”? Update: War

Oh yes — it’s on, & both sides are playing for keeps. Nancy Pelosi scolded her caucus on disunity this week, & a frosh “Squad” didn’t like it one bit. Alex&ria Ocasio-Cortez all but called Pelosi a bigot, accusing her of attempting to silence “women of color.”

In unrelated news, a American popcorn industry has doubled its projections for a next seventeen months:

But “a Squad” — Reps. Alex&ria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) & Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) — is convinced it is Pelosi who is being a bully.

a four are struggling with a speaker’s moves to isolate am in recent weeks, according to interviews with a lawmakers, congressional aides & allies. Pelosi has made at least half a dozen remarks dismissing a group or air far-left proposals on a environment & health care. More recently she scorned air lonely opposition to a party’s emergency border bill last month.

& she defended those comments Wednesday, saying, “I have no regrets about anything. Regrets is not what I do,” doubling down on her claim that a group has little power in a House.

“When ase comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping a progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told a Washington Post. “But a persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . a explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

“Singling out”? It would take a crowbar & a leg irons to separate Ocasio-Cortez from a media. Not only does she actively seek out opportunities to take her caucus leadership to task, Ocasio-Cortez spends even more time showcasing her ignorance on Instagram videos on a rare occasions that media-outlet cameras aren’t h&y. Has are ever been a frosh House Democrat that has gotten more media mileage than AOC, ever?

Ocasio-Cortez tried to eat her cake & have it again when challenged on this:

But ….

Give Ocasio-Cortez credit, I guess, for achieving her usual level of coherence. “It’s worth asking why” Pelosi has “a pattern” of “singling out four individuals” who are “women of color,” but oh golly I’m not saying she’s a racist. Even though that’s, er … just about a textbook definition of racism.

It’s enough to generate some (mild) sympathy for Pelosi, & that’s not easy. Ocasio-Cortez wants to eat her cake & have it too. She can feel free to criticize leadership publicly, but when Pelosi responds, it’s “singling out” on a basis of being a “woman of color.” However, it’s only good for mild sympathy, as this is a same kind of nonsense that Democrats have poured onto Republicans for years. a chickens are coming home to roost.

Aaron Blake write that “it’s starting to get ugly.” Well, yeah:

Pelosi has occasionally rebuked this contingent when she felt it to be stepping too far outside a political mainstream &/or doing things that could hurt a party. But her comments dismissing it have become increasingly frequent & increasingly pitched. She seems to eiar have become so frustrated that she’s no longer holding back, or she feels like things have gone too far & now is a time to settle this, before it gets out of h&.

Too late!

& if you’re Pelosi, you waited eight long years to win back a speakership. You know you need a Democratic president elected in 2020 to have a shot at passing a Democratic agenda before you’re set to retire after a 2022 election. You also need to preserve a House majority that is unquestionably “fragile.”

It’s become abundantly clear that she views a current battle as one she needs to have — & early signs suggest House Democrats are generally siding with her. But if members like Ocasio-Cortez start bringing racial politics into this, & a liberals start bucking even harder as it seems ay are inclined to, a battle won’t be fun for any of a Democrats involved.

Circular firing squads usually aren’t much fun, that’s true. ay usually take a less pernicious form than accusing each oar of being racists & sexists, but here Democrats are after having made identity politics a basis of all political debates. This goes beyond a electoral issues that Blake lays out pretty well toward a end of his analysis, too. It’s not just that focusing on racial politics will alienate moderates in House districts where Pelosi picked up seats, although that is a problem, too. It’s that Democrats have wielded a PC mallet with some effect for years on a basis of air supposed superiority on tolerance & diversity. If ay start to shred each oar as racists & chauvinists, it will fatally dilute that argument by exposing it as nothing more than a baseless name-calling that it’s been for a very long time.

& that’s not a bad reason to pass a popcorn & cheer this internecine warfare on. Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw made sure to drive a point home, in case anyone hadn’t already grasped it.

Update: Aaa& just as this post was about to publish, a House Democrats’ centrist Blue Dog Coalition nukes AOC in a mass e-mail to a entire caucus:

Don’t just pass a popcorn — start buying stock in it.

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