New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is about to find herself in the middle of another Democrat Party civil war.
This is not an unusual place for Ocasio-Cortez to find herself.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found out some bad news that will change her career forever.
Democrats selected New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries as the replacement for failed and departing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Jeffries sought to establish his ability to deal with the Squad – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her socialist allies – right off the bat.
But Jeffries accomplished this goal by diminishing the Squad and not elevating them above any other faction in the Democrat Party.
“Everybody matters,” Jeffries declared after listing off various other factions within the Democrat Party including the New Democrats, the Progressive Caucus, and Blue Dog Democrats.
Jeffries then claimed all factions had a voice – making sure not to say the Squad had the loudest say on policy – and no one clique exercised an outside influence on shaping the party message.
“That’s what makes the House Democratic Caucus the most authentic representatives of the American people,” Jeffries added, “Sometimes we can have noisy conversations, but as we show time and time again, on issue after issue after issue, at the end of the day we always come together, find the highest common denominator and get big things done for everyday Americans.”
Members of the Squad offered divergent reactions to Jeffries ascending to party leader.
Ocasio-Cortez sounded cool to Jeffries and put the ball in his court as to how Jeffries would interact with the Squad.
“It’s going to be on the caucus’ now-nominated leader to determine what his stance toward progressives will be,” Ocasio-Cortez stated.
It’s not surprising that Ocasio-Cortez was not bubbling over with joy that Democrats picked Jeffries as House minority leader.
After Ocasio-Cortez won election to Congress in 2018 she tried to recruit a primary challenger to run against Jeffries.
Ocasio-Cortez failed in that quest.
But while Ocasio-Cortez did not give Jeffries her enthusiastic endorsement, her fellow Squad ally New York Congressman Jamaal Bowman praised Jeffries.
“He’s very well aware that the progressive agenda is America’s agenda,” Bowman said to reporters. “So we’re going to do everything in our power to move that forward, collectively, and hold each other accountable and make sure we’re responding to the needs of the American people.”
There is usually no dissension in the ranks of the Squad on policy or leadership issues.
One of the reasons the Squad wields outsized influence is their ability – led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – to drive a unified message on social media and through their ideological fellow travelers in the corporate press.
That is not the case on Jeffries securing the position as Democrat leader in the House of Representatives.
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