Yikes. What’s next, Alexandria? Will you be supplying your party with compulsory brown shirts?
She’s only 2 months in office and she’s already making Bernie look like a moderate.
Occasional Cortex is already embracing her inner totalitarian. She doesn’t think elected members of Congress should be free to vote their conscience, to take the vote that is in line with the interests of their constituents specifically and the nation generally.
No, they should be expected to vote the way Dear Leader tells them to vote. Or else.
Her “I’m the boss!” declaration is taking a dark new turn. Moderates were given an ultimatum by angry Alexandria Occasio Cortez and on the very next vote, some have already fallen in line.
In a closed-door session, a frustrated Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lashed out at about two dozen moderates and pressured them to get on board. “We are either a team or we’re not, and we have to make that decision,” Pelosi said, according to two people present but not authorized to discuss the remarks publicly.
But Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the unquestioned media superstar of the freshman class, upped the ante, admonishing the moderates and indicating she would help liberal activists unseat them in the 2020 election.
Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said she told her colleagues that Democrats who side with Republicans “are putting themselves on a list.”
If you’re on her list, you can expect to be primaried. That’s an explicit threat. For voting the ‘wrong’ way. To her, elected officials are not free moral agents, representing their constituents. They’re glorified cogs in the party apparatus. And if the don’t ‘do their job’, they are replaceable.
It’s not about the back-and-forth compromise of the traditional Democratic process for this crowd. It’s about naked, bare-knuckled, political power.
For a party who’s been telling us for two years that Trump is the proto-dictator, who’s really the one reading their talking points from Stalin? The one who’s objecting to Trump’s support of change in Venezuela, of course!
Inside the Democratic meeting, one of those freshmen — Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.) — reacted sharply to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments and rose to urge her colleagues to respect the political reality of representing a swing district, according to multiple people present. A spokesman for Torres Small did not respond to a request for comment.
Several are also pushing to reform or eliminate the procedural tactic that has prompted the uproar — the “motion to recommit,” which essentially gives the minority party one final opportunity to amend a bill moments before it comes up for a final vote.
Pelosi trained much of her closed-door frustrations on veteran lawmakers, noting that some held seats on coveted committees. “What is this?” she asked, according to the aides.
For anyone who thought she was going to be all sweetness and light, surprise!
But she’s a socialist, so of course she’ll hold herself to a different standard than the one she expects of others:
She really hasn’t thought this through:
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) March 1, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Do as I say (or else) NOT as I do.
When you elect a socialist, the totalitarian is thrown in for free!
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