by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
We should have seen this coming: After less than a year in office, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez already has become the most tediously predictable person in politics.
Ocasio-Cortez, the would-be Taylor Swift of the Democratic Party, habitually dismisses her critics and those of her “Squad” — as the four new champagne radicals in the House call themselves — as racists and sexists. Nancy Pelosi, the leader of her party in the House, is only the latest target of this strategy. Pelosi, she says, habitually singles out “newly elected women of color” such as herself for criticism. It is, AOC says, part of a pattern.
Which is, ironically, part of a pattern.
That pattern goes like this: Ocasio-Cortez or one of her likeminded allies says something regrettable — and is made to regret it. In the latest case, it was a tweet from Saikat Chakrabarta, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, that today’s centrist Democrats (centrist by comparison with AOC) are the moral equivalents of the segregationist Democrats of the 1940s. Pelosi et al. complained, the tweet was deleted, and the Squad went into predictable Squad mode. …
… All these dolts are missing is a “just sayin’.”
This is all familiar by this point. Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are Muslims, socialists, and what we have been taught to call “women of color” — the Detroit-born daughter of a Palestinian family and a Somalia-born immigrant, respectively — and criticism of them predictably is recast as criticism of Muslims, women of color, categorically. It is cynical and opportunistic, but it works on a certain kind of gullible constituency.