State of the Democrats
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may be the official head of the Democratic Party and its fist.
She successfully strong armed the President of the United States into postponing his State of Union national address until this week. But newly elected New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortiz and her Democratic Socialist comrades are fighting for its heart, and they are ready to spill blood.
Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio Cortiz’s chief of staff, tells Politico magazine that the party is being “held hostage” by the “radical conservatives in the Democratic Party” who oppose sweeping socialist transformation. Looking across the battlefield, the fledgling general is uncompromising. “That’s who we need to counter.”
Justice Democrats, the political organization that recruited and backed the ultra liberal, 29 year old Ocasio Cortiz, promises “There is going to be a war within the party. We are going to lean into it.”
They may, however, find themselves leaning into a buzzsaw. Reportedly, centrist members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus are infuriated that the upstart agitators, led by Ocasio Cortiz, plan to field primary challengers, next year, against their incumbent members.
One House Democrat, demanding anonymity, tells The Hill newspaper “What I have recommended to the New York delegation is that you find [Ocasio Cortiz] a primary opponent and make her a one-term congressperson.”
Earlier this month, party veteran Representative Emanuel Cleaver fired a warning shot. “I’m sure Ms. Cortiz means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people. We just don’t need sniping in our Democratic Caucus.”
Translation: It could get ugly.