The most recent example came Monday night when Pelosi was speaking in front of a U.K. audience. Newsweek reports:
“When we won this election, it wasn’t in districts like mine or Alexandria’s. And she’s a wonderful member of Congress, I think all of our colleagues will attest,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, told an audience Monday night at a London School of Economics event during a U.K. visit.
“But those are districts that are solidly Democratic. This glass of water would win with a D next to its name in those districts,” she said, picking up the water at her table.
“And not to diminish the exuberance, and the personality, and the rest of Alexandria and the other members…but the 43 districts—we won 43, net gain of 40—were right down the middle. mainstream, hold-the-center victories.
“If we’re going to be helping the one-in-five children in America who goes to sleep hungry at night, who lives in poverty in our country, we have to win.”
Watch video of Pelosi’s remarks below:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes another shot at socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), says a “glass of water” with a “D” next to it “would win” in Ocasio-Cortez’s district. pic.twitter.com/sPbhEUTeir
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 15, 2019
AOC posted a tweet this afternoon that appeared to be a response to Pelosi’s remarks:
What if a bold agenda rooted in improving everyday people’s lives is part of a winning strategy?
What if the choice btwn big ideas+winning elections is a false one that crept up through outsize influence of💰in politics?
What if, in a nation parched for change, we were water?🌊
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 16, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez won’t want to admit this Pelosi is actually right here. AOC acts like she can just declare an issue to be the most important one of our time and then everyone will magically fall in line with her.
In real life, it doesn’t work that way. You have to build a consensus, and obviously for House Democrats that would be harder to do if they didn’t win as many competitive/toss-up/right-leaning Congressional districts last year.
That being said, it’s amusing to watch this play out from the cheap seats. I have zero doubt Pelosi has had this talk with AOC behind the scenes, but she’s clearly not listening. So Pelosi has taken it public.
As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of either of them, but I’m all for Pelosi continuing to do this. When Ocasio-Cortez feels slighted, she goes on wild Twitter rants that further expose her unhinged, erratic nature.
Plus, people get a bird’s-eye view of just how outside of the mainstream she actually is.
—Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–