Moderate Democrats Ought to Primary AOC
When will mainstream Democrats start fighting back? When will they stop playing nice with a left fringe that regards them, not Republicans, as the opposition, if not the enemy?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's threat to kill President Joe Biden's hard-fought infrastructure deal should have been a last straw.
"Good luck tanking your own party's investment on childcare, climate action, and infrastructure while presuming you'll survive a 3 vote House margin," she blustered. "Especially after choosing to exclude members of color from negotiations."
The great irony in this racial game-playing is that Ocasio-Cortez and her allies in the Democratic Socialists of America work tirelessly to destroy the careers of powerful Black and Hispanic political leaders who disobey their orders.
Early in her career, Ocasio-Cortez reportedly weighed backing a primary challenge against Hakeem Jeffries, a Black congressman representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens. High in the Democratic House leadership, Jeffries would be deemed a "progressive" by any set of standards other than those of the Democratic Socialists of America.
In 2020, an Ocasio-Cortez staffer tried to knock off Rep. Gregory Meeks, the Queens party boss who is also Black. Meeks survived the challenge.
Eric Adams, a Black former police officer, now the Democratic nominee for New York City mayor, has come under fire from the Twitter-fueled left. "I'm no longer running against candidates," he said recently. "I'm running against a movement. All across the country, the DSA socialists are mobilizing to stop Eric Adams."
During the mayoral primary, Ocasio-Cortez endorsed activist Maya Wiley. When New York Democrats' votes were counted, Wiley placed third. Adams triumphed with big support from the Bronx and other working-class communities of color.
In the recent Ohio special election to replace Rep. Marcia Fudge, the far left championed Nina Turner, who famously likened a vote for Biden to eating a "bowl of s---." A Turner supporter, the rapper Killer Mike, called House Majority Whip James Clyburn, the civil rights icon, "incredibly stupid" for having endorsed Biden in last year's presidential primaries.
None of these vicious but also idiotic attacks on fellow Democrats cost Turner the support of Ocasio-Cortez, her "Squad" or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But Democratic voters apparently thought differently. Turner went on to lose the primary despite having outraised the moderate Shontel Brown by $3.2 million.