Despite cruising to re-election last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not a happy camper. At all. Following what appears to be a broader rejection of far-left ideology, as evidenced by the beating delivered to the House Democrat Caucus in the election, AOC sang the blues to The New York Times over being blamed by “centrists” in her party for the loss of seats — which she rejected outright, calling Democrats who lost “sitting ducks.”
In an hour-long interview on Saturday, before several news outlets project Biden-Harris the winner, AOC told the NYT she might even leave politics as it was becoming clear that her fiery, far-left progressive agenda is not welcome in the Democratic Party.
“I don’t even know if I want to be in politics. You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year. It’s the incoming. It’s the stress. It’s the violence.
“It’s the lack of support from your own party. It’s your own party thinking you’re the enemy.
“But I’m serious when I tell people the odds of me running for higher office and the odds of me just going off trying to start a homestead somewhere — they’re probably the same.”
Going off and trying to start a homestead somewhere?
Show of hands; who thinks she’s serious? Okay, another show of hands; who thinks she is playing games, here — playing the Democrat Party establishment with “You need me more than I need you, and if you don’t give me what I want I’m going to take my marbles and go home”? Me, too.
Case in point, as she told the NYT.
“I’ve been begging the party to let me help them for two years. That’s also the damn thing of it. I’ve been trying to help. Before the election, I offered to help every single swing district Democrat with their operation.
“And every single one of them, but five, refused my help. And all five of the vulnerable or swing district people that I helped secured victory or are on a path to secure victory. And every single one that rejected my help is losing. And now they’re blaming us for their loss.
“So I need my colleagues to understand that we are not the enemy. And that their base is not the enemy. That the Movement for Black Lives is not the enemy, that Medicare for All is not the enemy. This isn’t even just about winning an argument. It’s that if they keep going after the wrong thing, I mean, they’re just setting up their own obsolescence.”
Memo to AOC:
It appears to me that the Democrat Party doesn’t want you to “help” quite as much as you think they need your help. From “defund the police,” to pushing socialist proposals, including socialized health care — Medicare for All, as you and other proponents sugarcoat it — it didn’t fly. How can I put this tactfully? Your left-wing agenda got its butt handed to it.
During a segment on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, AOC told host Jake Tapper that “It’s irresponsible to pour gasoline on these already delicate tensions in the Party.”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 9, 2020
As reported by the New York Post, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) on Sunday blamed the “defund the police” slogan for some Democratic losses in Congress — as he took aim at AOC’s progressive wing of the party.
The South Carolina lawmaker told NBC’s “Meet the Press” he believed Republicans used the liberal protest slogan to batter their Democratic opponents — citing the loss of his former aide Jaime Harrison to incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham in his home state.
“Jaime Harrison started to plateau when ‘Defund the Police’ showed up with a caption on TV right across his head,” Clyburn told host Chuck Todd.
“That stuff hurt Jaime. And that’s why I spoke out against it a long time ago,” Clyburn added. “I’ve always said that these headlines can kill a political effort.”
Clyburn, 80, also noted he believes the slogan cost South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham his seat to Rep.-elect Nancy Mace, a Republican.
“I just hope that going forward, we will think about each one of these congressional districts and let people represent their district,” he said. “Let’s recognize that people should reflect that diversity in our country.”
In response to AOC’s comments to the NYT, Clyburn said “Sometimes I have real problems trying to figure out what progressive means. I believe that it’s good to be conservative at times and in many ways, but it’s also good to be liberal at times, in many ways. And so you have to balance all of this out.” And if there one thing that AOC and her Squad are not particularly good at, it’s “balancing things out.”
As reported by Fox News on Saturday, even MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Bill Scarborough — who along with wife and co-host Mika Brzezinksi — loathes the very ground on which Donald Trump walks, not only noted the “repudiation” of the left-wing of the Democrat Party; he also suggested that Biden’s win looked like a “one-off.”
“There is no way to put this other than to say […] Joe Biden winning looks like a one-off. This election for the most part was an absolute repudiation of the Democratic Party as a brand. Their brand doesn’t work across most of America. It just doesn’t. They got routed in Senate races they should have won. […] The House results are perhaps even more shocking. Nobody thought that this was going to be close.”
Looking back at one quote in particular from AOC’s interview with the NYT — “It’s that if they keep going after the wrong thing, I mean, they’re just setting up their own obsolescence.” — could it be that the 2018-midterm-elections darling of the Democrat Party, Alex from the Bronx™, has been setting up her own obsolescence?
Based on the results of multiple House races, along with the “words of wisdom” of some of her wiser Democrat colleagues, that’s a thought that was unthinkable not all that long ago. And a good thought at that.