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Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez Go to War Over Impeachment

So apparently messaging still doesn’t seem to be the Democratic Party’s strong suit. In fact, the left seems committed to ensuring that the biggest enemy they face in convincing the public that they are honest and trustworthy is themselves.

While it’s true that, like any political party, there are a wide variety of interests and perspectives that are represented across its membership, you’d think that at least at the national party level they would be capable of speaking out of just one side of their mouths.

Take this current impeachment inquiry as but one example. The party’s de jure leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was explicitly clear in speaking to reporters that the Democrat-driven impeachment effort was not political, but patriotic. It wasn’t about revenge or electoral gamesmanship, it was about doing what’s in the best interest of the country and our shared institutions. Behold:

Yet somehow, that memo never made it onto the desk of the Democrats’ de facto leader, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who went on CNN to say, well, pretty much the exact opposite:

“At the end of the day, we have to be able to come together as a caucus, and if it is this Ukrainian allegation that is what brings the caucus together, then I think we have to run with however we unify the House,” Ocasio-Cortez told Wolf Blitzer, who asked the Congresswoman whether she hoped other potential violations by Trump would be considered in any articles of impeachment.

“. . . We also need to move quite quickly because we’re talking about the potential compromise of the 2020 elections,” Ocasio-Cortez ended. “And so this is not just about something that has occurred; this is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.”

To summarize, Cortez sees the impeachment process as serving two purposes: uniting Democrats and ensuring their electoral success in 2020. That isn’t patriotism, it’s partisanship.

Please understand that I’m not so naïve as to think that there isn’t going to be a political component to any impeachment inquiry. There was a political calculation in the 1998 impeachment of President Clinton. It can’t be avoided when you’re dealing with a perilously polarized environment like D.C.

And to be fair this may be less a Democrat issue and more another Ocasio-Cortez implosion. Remember it was just a couple weeks ago that the Congresswoman was yawning at the impeachment inquiry, suggesting it was time to move past it and get things done for our future (whatever that means). Now, she’s beating the drums of impeachment (again) all for the sake of her party’s electoral prospects.

The more I think about this, it may be less a messaging issue for Democrats and more just an increasing imperative to find a way to get Representative Cortez to stick a sock in it.

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