New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently threatened fellow Democratic lawmakers who dared to go against her wishes by voting for a bill approved by their Republican counterparts.
In a closed-door meeting, the freshman representative made it clear in no uncertain terms that moderate Democrats could find themselves facing far-left challengers in the next election if they didn’t toe the line and do what she wants them to do.
The bill that caused the kerfuffle was the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, an odd name considering the fact that only Democrats were willing to vote for it in the first place. However, right before the vote took place, Republican members of the House of Representatives offered a “motion to recommit”, adding an amendment stating that ICE must be notified if an undocumented individual attempted to buy a firearm. Surprisingly, 26 Democrat representatives broke ranks with their party and voted for the passage of the amendment, which was then added to the new bill.
Naturally, it’s not hard to see why Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive colleagues would be furious at what they view to be a betrayal of their principles. Even Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is not nearly as far-left as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, was displeased by the embarrassment caused by the clear rift in her party. However, AOC’s threat that Democrats who vote with Republicans are “putting themselves on a list” did not pass unnoticed.
While Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar and other progressives receive extensive news coverage, they did not in fact do anything to help the Democratic Party win control of the House of Representatives in 2018. The only reason the Democrats gained as many seats as they did in the last mid-term election was the fact that moderate Democrats stood up to represent the party in areas where Republican lawmakers typically won the majority of the vote.
Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, who won one of the closest general election contests in the United States, has made the obvious point that AOC and her cohorts need to consider what it’s like to represent a swing district. Moderate Democrats who side with far-left members of their party every single time a vote comes up are almost certain to have a very short career as voters from their districts will go for a more conservative candidate when representatives come up for election again. Given that fact, it makes sense that they are less than pleased about the idea of having to fend off not just a Republican challenger, but also a progressive primary challenger from their own party.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has clearly not thought very hard about her threat to primary moderate Democrat lawmakers who don’t fall in line with her agenda. If she did actually opt to try to oust them in the next election, there are only two possible results. One is that the progressive candidate wouldn’t get past the primaries. Not all Democrats embrace the far-left, and the odds are high that they would stick with an incumbent who has shown an ability to work across the aisle. The other possible result is that the far-left primary challenger would actually win the primary, and then get wiped out in the general election. Swing states tend to vote for reliable individuals.
The obvious party disunity caused by AOC’s recent threat won’t just affect local elections in a few years. The rift in the Democratic Party has already made national news, and moderate Republicans, moderate Democrats and independent voters can see the far-left’s hostile takeover. Voters in general prefer a sense of stability, and that is the opposite of what AOC and others like her are giving them.
~ Conservative Zone