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She’s scary

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is probably not going to turn the country into a socialist paradise by herself. The idea is ludicrous even if some of her ideas have merit and deserve consideration.

No, AOC is scary for a whole other reason: she takes full advantage of her time in committee meetings. I heard this on the way home tonight and her questioning blew me away. She should give lessons:

I have no idea what her future holds but it appears that she recognized the awesome opportunity she’s been given and she’s not going to waste it.

If she can inspire the rest of the party to be this tight, informed and bold, it will be scary indeed.

10 Responses

  1. My problem with her is she handed the Republicans a huge gift with the Green New Deal. Do i think some of the ideas have merit? Yes. However, she singlehandedly threw the whole idea of a GND in the trashcan. No, she can’t do a socialist revolution and if the GOP had any brains they would leave her alone because she can’t seem to get her own office open for her constituents and thinks social media is the only way to communicate.

    • You know that when the government was shut down for 34 days, freshmen reps couldn’t get laptops for office staff. There was a good reason why offices didn’t get set up.

      • That money was not frozen from what I understand. I also understand AOC refused to use existing office space and is waiting on space to be constructed before opening her constituent office. So she’s not going to have an office for a few more months and that office space is going to be more expensive than the existing.

  2. She does have that “she was born for this” vibe, I really like, not 2020 like, her, she and the rest of the class have given me some hope. Best wishes and hope you were able to feel ok sometime today. I think you are the best writer on the inter tubes, just sayin

  3. Tight, informed and bold…well put.
    Excellent assets for a woman politician to have in a men dominated world.
    Which brings a topic of another great woman with the exact same virtues and many more: Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    Couple of nights ago I watched the RBG Documentary. It was a mind opener and inspirational to learn about her life, dedication, focus and discipline.
    No wonder she has become an Icon for many, specially for younger generations.

    If you haven’t watched it yet, please do, it’s a must.

    RD:
    she’s overcome cancer three times in her life and still at her 80’s plus she has an hour daily of physical workout.
    Wonder Woman!

  4. I saw most of the earlier morning part of the hearings, but not the afternoon, so I did not see AOC’s questioning, but apparently it was quite well done. However, she still is a pretty easy target for the Republicans, because she is never going to get her GND through the Congress, and certainly never through Trump. If somehow the Democrats can win the Presidency in 2020, and then the Senate at some point thereafter (I do not think that we have any real chance of picking up four net seats in 2020, particularly as Jones will likely lose in Alabama), maybe we have some chance with a version of it. But I remember how President Clinton barely got his moderate budget through a Democratic-controlled Congress in 1993, so the chances that this Congress, or anything resembling it, is going to pass anything close to a GND, is very optimistic indeed.

    Yes, we should have aspirations, and we should not be afraid of bold ideas; and we are at crisis with regard to the environment. But going out so far so as to create a plan which most people will never want to spend for, can cost us crucial votes. She seems bright, she is 23 or so, and she should not be the face of the Democratic Party, but the Republicans will surely make her that, as you will see her face on many of their ads. She is a Democrat who upset an incumbent in one of the bluest districts in NY; she is not representative of the party as a whole. I am glad that Pelosi is sort of taking her under her wing; she could be a valuable and forceful voice, but she does present a danger as a national image for Democrats, at least in my view. But she is certainly not going away.

  5. William,

    I agree that AOC is inexperienced and “green” but the other side of that coin is that you need someone bold and smart enough to be able to present “bold” ideas if we ever want to see real change in our lifetime. We’ve been marking time for decades because those in power are too timid or incompetent or both to at least start the conversation on how to achieve this kind of change. We also cannot continue dealing with major (controversial) issues the way we have been for decades, or there won’t be a planet to save, women will NEVER get equal pay for equal work, healthcare will still be unaffordable for the majority of Americans, minimum wage will remain at the poverty level while CEO’s continue to get obscene bonuses and insane severance packages, etc. NOTHING WILL CHANGE.

    Staying the course is what white males prefer because it’s safe and it keeps them in control and prevents them from having to actually do something rather than just talking about it ad nauseum. Bernie Sanders comes to mind…

    The republicans have no credibility and we should stop cowtowing to their not liking one of our democrat reps. They’ve gotten away with that game for far too long. Even old Joe Biden recently said that democrats need to get off their knees and stand up for what we believe. We should fight these guys because they have sold their collective souls to trump and it’s time to stop being afraid of their testosterone driven rage which causes passivity and complacency in the democrat party. If ever there was a time to be bold, that time is now. We are running out of time.

  6. Wynne05, those are strong points. I guess it’s a matter of how far one can get electorally. It may not be the best example, but George McGovern had some very forward-thinking ideas, but was generally mocked for them. And Michael Dukakis, who was very progressive, was also not able to overcome a Republican campaign which focused on banning flag-burning. I understand the concept of leading the people, not just following them, but if Democrats are seen as the party of socialists, they will not win, at least until things get even worse, which we cannot afford. Bill Clinton, who is progressive in ideals, ran as a “third way” Democrat. Barack Obama ran on image, and a vague promise of “hope and change.” Once a Democrat actually sets out a bold policy agenda, they do not do well enough on a national basis. I guess that could change, but the stakes are immeasurably high.

    As to Biden, I guess he means well. He criticized Hillary for saying that Republicans are the enemy; Biden said that they are not the enemy, they are the opponents. That is ridiculous, given that party’s current state. Then he said the other day that Democrats need to get off their knees. Those two comments are contradictory, and I think that Biden is making an emotional appeal. He also recently said that the country must be brought together. How is that going to be done, with these evil Republicans all over the place?

  7. William,

    Good point about McGovern. However, it’s been a really long time since McGovern came forward with those good ideas and had to endure being ridiculed for them, but how long are we supposed to wait for the next wave to bring the kind of change that benefits EVERYIONE?

    This year is the first year we’ve had a record number of women elected to Congress. McGovern had to contend with an almost exclusive male run government. So, there is no surprise that they didn’t want to “rock the boat” because men had it really good and were never going to jeopardize their entitlement stature. Now that women are in the mix in record numbers, I predict that things will finally start getting done when it comes to positive change.

    Let’s just say that I’m betting on this Freshman class of women to break that impasse and show the American people what we’ve been missing for over 200 years. To further the concept that women have always wanted the same opportunities that independence brought the men when we as a new country rebelled against the King…in a letter dated March 31, 1776, future First Lady, Abigail Adams urged her husband, John: “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

    As has always been the case when it comes to women’s equality, John didn’t listen, nor did any of the other founders! Abigail was right and I believe would be so proud to see the women of this great republic finally fighting for their rightful place in self-government in creating laws that afforded us the same opportunities and protection as they have for the men – as it should be.

  8. Since AOC didn’t make the fundraising “Devil’s bargain” with the DCCC, she actually has about 4 more hours a day than the average freshman Congressperson to familiarize herself with issues. I hope she takes full advantage of it.

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