House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is again clashing with congressional and political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The two have feuded since Ocasio-Cortez first joined Congress in January and even before when she campaigned heavily against the Democratic establishment.
Pelosi seems to admit that Ocasio-Cortez has built a substantial following outside of Congress, quickly garnering nearly 4 million followers on Twitter. The Speaker said what Ocasio-Cortez lacks is a following inside the legislative chamber.
“While there are people who have a large number of Twitter followers, what’s important is that we have large enough numbers of votes on the floor of the House,” Pelosi said to USA Today. As the Daily Caller reports, Ocasio-Cortez was unable to get a single vote on her Green New Deal when it was forced to a vote in the Senate.
“I’m a progressive from San Francisco. I think I can have some credentials on the left, as a person who has represented a very liberal city,” Pelosi said to USA Today in an article that was published on Monday. “But you have to govern mainstream.”
Here’s more from the Daily Caller:
The Democratic Party has been ideologically veering further to the left, which is evident by the platforms that the presidential candidates have been running on. Many major 2020 contenders have voiced support for Medicare for All, parts or all of the Green New Deal, reparations and tax increases.
Former President Barack Obama struck a similar note when he warned freshman House Democrats in March to take into consideration the costs associated with the expansive policies the progressive end of the wing has been promulgating.
Fox News reports, “this isn’t the first time Pelosi threw shade on Ocasio-Cortez.”
And, “Earlier this year, the House Speaker somewhat dismissed the Green New Deal during an interview with Politico.”
From the report:
“It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive,” Pelosi said. “The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”
Ocasio-Cortez was reportedly left out of the Pelosi-approved Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, though some reports suggest the New York Democrat voluntarily decided not to join the committee where the legislation to combat climate change will actually be worked out.
The Green New Deal is estimated to cost up to $93 trillion or $600,000 per household, according to studies. The radical measure proposes the transformation of the U.S. economy to cut emissions in addition to retrofitting and replacing every building in an effort to reach the goal.
Here’s even more on the clash between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez, from CNN:
If you think Pelosi’s comments on AOC are accidental and not meant to send a very clear message to AOC, you don’t know much about Pelosi. What message is she sending? This one: Look, I have been a liberal’s liberal for longer than you’ve been on earth. But not everyone House Democrat represents districts like we do. And we need to understand that they are governed by a different set of political realities. The most important thing we do isn’t score ideological points. It’s pass legislation as a united caucus –to show all Americans we are doing the work, not just playing partisan games.
Pelosi’s comments come amid a broader showdown between the party establishment and the newly-energized liberal wing. The leading edge of that fight is a decision by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of the party, to ban giving any business (aka money) to consultants who work for candidates who primary sitting incumbents. The goal is simple: The threat of losing business will keep top consultants away from primary challengers. That will, theoretically, mean fewer primary challengers. Which establishment Democrats — led by DCCC Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos — believe is a very good thing.