Losing Control Of Freshmen, Congress Democrats At Virge Of Civil War Between Themselves
Congress leadership on both sides of the Isle have always had a certain amount of problems with freshmen lawmakers; they come in to change, do not realize how Washington works, the leadership has to try to reign their enthusiasm in. Most of the time, this is done due to the leadership has the greatest access to the press, but now with social media, this is not always the case.
Since the start of this Congress, Pelosi has had to run around doing damage control with freshmen senators like AOC, who has caused a stir with her Green New Deal, then attacking every Democrat that would not go along with it. Rashid and Ilhan have also caused many problems with their outright anti-semitic attacks; it has gotten so bad that Pelosi had to do significant damage control. These freshmen just continue down this road, seemingly not learning.
This is part of what Washington considers as growing pains, but attacking the leadership, having an outside following that is putting the leadership under pressure, this has not been done in the past to this degree, yet we see these three women, with their large social media following doing just this.
On FOX Rep. William Lacy Clay, Democrat M), added to the mounting Democratic condemnation of AOC slamming her “inappropriate” suggestion that House Speaker Pelosi is singling her, along with her fellow freshmen Democrats due to their race.
Speaking to Fox News on Thursday night, Clay hammered Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion.
“It was such a weak argument to say she was being picked on and that four women of color were being picked on by the speaker,” he said, “It tells you the level of ignorance to American history on their part as to what we are as the Democratic Caucus.
It is so inappropriate. So uncalled for. It does not do anything to help with unity. It was unfair to Speaker Pelosi.“
Clay continued his broadside, saying the comment exposed how much Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., have to learn when it comes to being “effective legislators.”
“It’s going to take a process of maturing for those freshman members. They will have to learn to be effective legislators,” he said.
“It shows their lack of sensitivity to racism. To fall back on that (trope) is a weak argument. It has no place in a civil discussion.”
The lawmaker closed his remarks by suggesting the four freshmen could hurt Democratic chances in upcoming elections.
“It shows they have no sensibility to different members from our caucus. Some come from red districts, and those are the ones who gave us the majority. We need them all,” he said.
The question here is if this will continue or if Pelosi can get control of her party before this breaks into something much worse.