There’s a growing divide in the Democratic Party as the centrist, slightly moderate establishment goes head-to-head with the younger, more radically left-wing socialist wing of the party.
It’s a battle most clearly seen in the war of words that continues to intensify between Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Manchin recently took AOC to the woodshed, stating she’s more active on Twitter than she is in Congress, which is a big insult in the Senate.
“I find it amusing when politicians try to diminish the seriousness of our policy work, movement organizing & grassroots fundraising to ‘she just tweets,’ as though ‘serious’ politics is only done by begging corporate CEOs for money through wax-sealed envelopes delivered by raven,” AOC tweeted in response.
I find it amusing when politicians try to diminish the seriousness of our policy work, movement organizing & grassroots fundraising to “she just tweets,” as though “serious” politics is only done by begging corporate CEOs for money through wax-sealed envelopes delivered by raven
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 2, 2020
“I guess she put the dagger stare on me,” Manchin told The New York Times. “I don’t know the young lady — I really don’t. I never met her. I’m understanding she’s not that active with her bills or in committee. She’s more active on Twitter than anything else.”
According to Congress.gov, Ocasio-Cortez has not introduced a single bill as the primary sponsor that has become law. In fact, the furthest any of her bills have made it is to Floor Consideration and that was just one bill. She has cosponsored 11 bills that have become law.
Manchin, who is one of the few centrist Democrats in Washington, D.C., also criticized Ocasio-Cortez and her cohorts in an interview with Fox News this week.
“They’ll have to answer to the public,” Manchin said during his interview with Fox News, talking about what might happen if the Squad decides to stonewall a compromise on a coronavirus relief bill. “We’ve come in a bipartisan, bicameral way to agree on $908 billion. Some will say it’s too much. Some will say it’s not enough. I don’t know how you please everybody but we found something that met the needs we think America has.”
“I don’t know the young lady. I really don’t. Maybe she’s a fine – I just don’t know her. I understand we have different political positions. And that’s fine,” he added, referring to his comments on AOC.
“She’s very astute in the social arena,” the Senator continued. “But we just got to get something done. And I hope they recognize that. We’re helping everybody in her area, in every district, in every state.”
One thing Manchin is right about is how badly taking radical socialist stances has hurt the Democratic Party. If AOC and the Squad continue to push for more and more radical left-wing policies, it will alienate even more voters and eventually lead to a total rejection of the Democratic Party platform.
There’s already a strong resistance to the kind of policies that AOC wants to put in place, which is what makes her continual push in that direction totally tone deaf.
Here’s to hoping people manage to get through to AOC that she needs to move to the center or else lose all the party’s influence.