With the Trumpian takeover of the GOP, the media love to harp on the internecine battles between the old guard NeverTrumpers and those who hopped on board the Trump Train. Of course, their hope is that by highlighting the divisions they’ll nudge the Republican Party into tearing itself apart—a prospect that seems less likely these days, in spite of their best efforts to make it happen.
But has everybody seen what a mess the Democrats have turned into these days? The squabbles that have erupted between the establishment wing and the freshly-minted uberprogressives is the stuff of a mid-eighties era nighttime soap. Case in point, the rather tempestuous relationship that has developed between Grande Damme Nancy Pelosi and the freshman whippersnapper Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Pelosi, it seems, has grown tired of the young Democratic Socialist members of her caucus spewing their opinions of their less progressive Democrat colleagues on social media. Or, as Pelosi said to Maureen Dowd in the New York Times:
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.
Of course, Ocasio-Cortez didn’t just take it lying down, and promptly responded—where else?—on Twitter:
Typical youngster. Nothing happens fast enough—right, Nancy?
Anyway, it gets juicier:
Pelosi warned progressives in a closed-door meeting Wednesday to privately air party grievances, according to WashPost, Politico, USA Today and other outlets, citing sources present in the room.
The outlets quote Pelosi as saying, “You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”
Yowza. Last time somebody threw down the gauntlet like that, Thanos had snapped his fingers and made half of all life in the universe disappear. I can almost picture AOC’s eyes growing wide—okay, wider—her chortling, “Oh no, you didn’t!” and then having her chief of staff, like, totally dial up somebody at WaPo so she could put Grandma Nancy in her place with this sick burn:
When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.
Hoo, boy. The “women of color” card. That sort of thing is usually reserved for Republicans—but when a Democrat slaps that down on a fellow Democrat, the poo just got real, yo.
And so Pelosi finds herself with a big problem on her hands. A freshman pipsqueak just openly challenged her authority in front of everybody—much like a convict walking into the exercise yard on his first day in the joint, finding the biggest, meanest looking guy he can, then popping him in the face to show the other inmates who’s boss. Unless Pelosi wants to spend the rest of her time on the Hill as AOC’s cellmate servant, she needs to stomp this girl good and hard. It’s prison rules, baby. Examples must be made.
It does make me wonder, though, if Democrats might regret all those years of trotting out charges of racism as an easy way to put Republicans on the defensive and get them to shut up. Because as we’ve seen with Evita-wannabes like Ocasio-Cortez, extremist progressives are more than willing to use that weapon even against their own people, so long as they think it’ll get them what they want. It’s a monster of Leftist creation, to be sure—but, as Nancy Pelosi is beginning to find out, that monster is not so easily controlled.