Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., makes an objection to a Republican argument as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
AOC should probably kick her revolution into high gear, because she may not be around in Washington much longer.
As RedState reported on Monday, multiple blue strongholds are set to lose House seats after the 2020 census. This is due to population shifts to places like Texas, Florida, and Arizona. California saw the largest out-migration, with New York not far behind. That means that both states are almost certainly going to lose representatives. The question is, who gets the short end of the stick within the redistricting process?
We may have an answer, and it’s something that’s been rumored for a while.
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 31, 2019
Things have gotten so bad that AOC is doing a “census push,” attempting to skew the results of her district’s population (the census is obviously weighted because not everyone responds and is not meant to be manipulated by politicians massaging “turnout”).
The freshman member of Congress, who became a national figure after her upset Democratic primary victory last year, surprised Parkchester passersby with a pop-up event promoting participation in the 2020 Census.
“Our strategy is all about building trust in the community before the enumerators even come to your door,” Ocasio-Cortez told THE CITY.
New York itself is projected to lose two seats, which will mean a very heated redistricting process mostly led by the old guard. One of the casualties is expected to be AOC’s district. The official explanation is that her district is immigrant-heavy, leading to claims of intimidation and under-counting. The more likely explanation is that Democrats are sick of her shtick, which has undoubtedly hurt the party going in 2020.
The crazy communist ideas, the endorsing Bernie Sanders, and the flaunting of leadership have led AOC to be largely despised within her caucus. Because she’s so loved by younger Democrats, though, such a move to push her out could lead to massive divisions within the party. Sounds good to me.
Here’s hoping this happens for the sheer entertainment value alone.