Rep. Alexandra Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) declares herself the leader of the DNC after many top Democrats refuse to support her Green New Deal; She is completely correct.
Recently, Alexandra Ocasio Cortez announced her progressive manifesto known as the Green New Deal. The title tells you everything you need to know about it, it’s a combination of environmental policies and a continuation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal programs done in response to the Great Depression. While not perfect by any means, it’s clear she’s expecting the corporate Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate to moderate it.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have both come out against this legislation. I’m sure the citizens of California who are known to be the most progressive voters in the country would love to here why they’re against a combination of FDR (who they voted for 4 times) and Al Gore (who they supported as Vice President twice and for president in 2000). Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) won 46% of the vote in there 2016 primary, yet top Democrats think they can hide from these progressives? Are they insane?
Over the weekend, a video surfaced of Feinstein telling kids she did not support the Green New Deal. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years,” she informs the children as if that makes anything she says anymore valid. After all, how long was Storm Thurman in the Senate again? For that matter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been a Senator for 7 years longer than she has. She then informs the kids “I just got elected,” while going against the policies of someone who also just got elected.
Cortez responded to this on twitter. “If you don’t like the #GreenNewDeal, then come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis,” the Representative said on Friday. “Until then, we’re in charge — and you’re just shouting from the cheap seats.” She could not have said it better if she tried.
Senator Feinstein first became a public figure because she was mayor of the famously homosexual city San Francisco during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Pelosi’s congressional district is also primarily in San Francisco. Due to this, they both became household names fairly fast — especially Feinstein. And — to give credit where credit is due — they both have been very good on LGBT related issues.
What is Cortez known for? She first became famous for defeating big-wig Democrat and Chair of the House Caucus Joe Crowley in a primary. Here’s the question of the day; what makes these two think they are immune from the same thing? In fact, two primary challengers attempted to dethrone the Senator. State Senator Kevin de Leon even managed to get 45.8% of the vote — slightly more than 5 million voters — while running against her in 2018.
Let’s talk about age: Feinstein is 85, Pelosi is 78, Cortez is 29. Of all of these three, only one is younger than the average life expediency in the United States. Which one is going to be in congress longer? Which one will have to deal with the consequences of her actions longer? Which one is going to be a household name for longer?
For that matter, let’s talk about hypocrisy. According to the DNC, the reason Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 was because Bernie Sanders and his supporters ruined her chances — but Bernie also would not have won apparently. Cortez represents the Bernie base that — according to the DNC — cost Hillary Clinton the election. I refer you back to the question of the day.
Of course, polls have shown the most popular politician in America is still Senator Sanders, so if the DNC was smart they would do everything in there power to have the same thing. Cortez is exactly what the DNC needs, yet they’re resisting it and resisting victory in the process. In a democracy, the most popular politician is the one in charge. Through that alone, Alexandra Ocasio Cortez is in charge.