House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is attempting to reassure the electorate that the media-loving alt-left socialist faction is not taking over the Democratic Party – namely, that freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her pals aren’t heavy influencers.
In a recent interview with Leslie Stahl on the magazine news program 60 Minutes, the reporter teed up a response from the Speaker with, “You have these wings, AOC and her group on one side.” Seemingly chastising the reporter, Pelosi snapped, “That’s like five people.”
Undaunted, Stahl corrected Pelosi with, “No, it’s the progressive group, it’s more than five,” yet failed to list who those powerful folks might be.
But the absolute authority the drive-by media wield over the Democrats was apparent as Pelosi soon sputtered that she herself is a progressive but she rejects socialism as an economic system. Oh, and she believes “by and large … know that we have to hold the center, that we have to go down the mainstream.”
That’s Aunt Nancy insisting the other family members haven’t lost their collective minds falling under the spell of one loud freshman socialist.
Why Is AOC the Media’s It Girl?
According to an analysis by Liberty Nation’s Onar Am, AOC is the alt-left mirror of how President Donald J. Trump amasses and retains his powerful following. Am warns that although AOC spouts easily refuted information she claims are facts, “Ocasio-Cortez is a political entrepreneur selling a narrative and a feeling of moral supremacy. The tale is not true, but there is a major market for it, and she is a shrewd seller.”
And her narrative is straight out of the Talking Points for Dem Dummies manual created and distributed by the legacy media. They love her.
In contrast, Democrats who are only a tad left of center are scrambling to tamp down the alt-left wing lest they scare off voters as the 2020 no-holds-barred election appears on the horizon. It is rumored that AOC is on the internal removal list.
Yet no one is ballsy enough to speak on record. If you believe the professionalism of those who work at The Hill, a movement to find a replacement is afoot. One Democrat congressman who asked to remain anonymous told reporters:
“What I have recommended to the New York delegation is that you find her a primary opponent and make her a one-term congressperson. You’ve got numerous council people and state legislators who’ve been waiting 20 years for that seat. I’m sure they can find numerous people who want that seat in that district.”
Ah, the anger of those waiting in line for a legacy election. No wonder they may target AOC.
Ocasio-Cortez is also dead center in the sites of the Congressional Black Caucus and Hispanic Caucus as she and her backers, the Justice Democrats, are eyeing a few of their members as easy pickings for the progressives to unseat. But Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) warned, “We’re going to protect our members and we’re going to protect our own. Full stop.”
And at last count both caucus groups had more than “like five” friends.
Now who might be the “like five” legislators pushing for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and quashing the free marketplace? Is it our anti-Semitic-spouting legislators Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)? You betcha. These women are loud. They are controversial. And they are forcing mainstream Democrats to cower and begrudgingly support their rhetoric either in words or in silence, lest the Fourth Estate turn on them.
It is yet undetermined who might the fifth person to whom Madam Speaker alludes. The most promising candidate is the frumpy millionaire socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the godfather of amassing wealth while making a play to confiscate Americans’ hard-earned pay.
As both parties begin the marathon to 2020, the legacy media are focusing on the loudest voices – at least when they can tear themselves away from the conspiracy theories of the Mueller-Lite Report. With a burgeoning field of Democratic presidential candidates and perhaps one or two Republicans mounting a half-hearted challenge to Trump, AOC and friends will most certainly continue to rattle the cages of the party elite while blithely plotting their coup to once and for all eliminate the old guard.
Pelosi’s downplaying of AOC’s influence is indicative either of the knowledge that AOC will soon be relegated to the history books or of the abject fear that this is the Democratic Party’s – and the Speaker’s – last hurrah.