Just weeks after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took office in January, people — including and especially Democrat members of Congress — began calling for her legislative career to be a short one. “Find her a primary opponent and make her a one-term congressperson,” said one unnamed Democratic congressman.
Now here we are, a few months later, and reality might be sinking in. For the first time since entering Congress, Ocasio-Cortez is publicly contemplating being limited to one term.
In an Instagram video posted on Wednesday evening, Ocasio-Cortez sat on the floor eating snacks and drinking wine while ruminating on something that really appears to have been weighing on her mind: the prospect of losing a primary challenge in 2020, and thus being limited to a single term.
“Let’s say I challenge this whole power structure and they hate me, and they decide they are going to mount a smear campaign and challenge me in 2020 and I’m just a one-term congresswoman,” she said. “Right, let’s say that’s the worst-case scenario.”
“So what?” she continued. “So what, because I think and I hope that we’re showing that fearlessness can make a lot of change, really rapidly.”
AOC vs. DCCC
One of the “power structure[s]” that Ocasio-Cortez must have been referring to is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
This past week Ocasio-Cortez upset some of her fellow Democrats by calling for supporters to “pause” donations to the DCCC for its new policy of blacklisting firms that work with primary challengers.
“The DCCC’s new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business w/ primary challengers is extremely divisive & harmful to the party,” she tweeted on Saturday. “My recommendation, if you’re a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC & give directly to swing candidates instead.”
“We don’t have time for games, we don’t have time for hugs and kisses,” retorted Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), defending the DCCC.
Whatever Ocasio-Cortez may believe about fighting the evil powers that be, it is unlikely that a “smear campaign” will really be necessary to oust her from her D.C. seat. Since taking office, she has done a good enough job smearing herself.
Any opponent would easily gain the upper hand by bringing up such things as the fantastical Green New Deal and its botched FAQ launch, or the failed Amazon deal and how Ocasio-Cortez thought that the state could invest nonexistent money that was going to be used to give the company a tax break, or any number of instances which show that she is unfit for office.
But none of this seems to be affecting Ocasio-Cortez. Undeterred, she continues down the path of destruction with her self-righteousness and blind idealism, which, besides being unqualified, is the most dangerous thing about her and the reason why this socialist-Democrat ought to be limited to one term.