Who is really calling the shots within the Democratic Party?
Nominally, its House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the establishment leadership at the DNC — and has been for a long time. But since the 2018 midterm elections put former bartender and media darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Congress, this began to change.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, who now seems to resent being referred to as “AOC” (despite the acronym being her Twitter handle), commands the loyalty of the new wave of Democratic voters. It is her proposals — such as banning the Electoral College and implementing a massive “Green New Deal” program to overhaul the economy, that generate any excitement from the Democratic Party’s base. Pelosi has been relegated to a community organizer role, of sorts. But outside of whipping the votes in the lower chamber, Pelosi is of little use to the party.
To complicate matters even further, AOC and the rest of her “Squad” have often called for a change of leadership. During the primary elections, the New York lawmaker lambasted the process, saying that it was only in America where she and Joe Biden could share the same political party. The implication here is that — as transformative as Biden is pledging to be — it’s never going to be enough for the young socialist.
Any outside observer can tell you that this is simply not a sustainable situation for Pelosi. At some point, her leadership will be challenged. If it doesn’t come from AOC directly, it will come from someone with her blessing.
Here’s One America News with more.