The media called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) win in 2018 one of the biggest upsets in political history.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) apparently disagrees. She said that even a “glass of water” with a “D” next to it would have won in AOC’s district.
Belittling AOC’s Win
In 2018, Ocasio-Cortez faced off against incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley to win the Democrat nod for the 14th District in New York. AOC handily defeated Crowley in that primary, garnering 56.7% of the vote.
And during the general election, where Crowley ran under the Working Families Party, AOC garnered a whopping 78.2% percent of the vote.
But Pelosi did not deem that to be quite as miraculous as the media thought it was.
“This glass of water would win with a ‘D’ next to its name in those districts,” she said.
Pelosi had been commenting on the 2018 midterm elections and how the Democrats managed to win the House.
Her point was that while AOC is generating a lot of attention, her win was really no big deal in terms of turning the public toward Democrats.
Reining in AOC
While most newcomers to Congress tend to hide in the shadows while they learn the ropes, that is not exactly the approach that AOC has taken.
She, by far, has the most popular social media accounts in Congress and even introduced her own legislation within her first few months in office. (Granted, the legislation tanked, but she still put it together and presented it to the House.)
The media has fallen in love with AOC, with many believing she is actually the one calling the shots in the House now.
Pelosi’s dig against AOC was more an effort to rein the freshman congresswoman in than anything else. So far, though, everything Pelosi has said has backfired.
While the establishment is looking for Joe Biden to announce his bid for the White House, AOC supports Bernie Sanders.
While the establishment has backed off the impeachment of Trump, AOC says they have more than enough evidence to move forward.
The real test for AOC will be if a Democrat runs against her in the 2020 primary, and the party and Pelosi fail to endorse her.
This is clearly a power struggle, but it is one that Pelosi actually appears to be losing right now.