There is no question that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has excited the base of the Democratic party, especially the younger generation. She, along with Bernie Sanders and others, are working hard to expand the base of voters by attracting the many people who have been disillusioned with the party and with politics in general because their interests and needs were ignored.
This of course is upsetting to the party establishment that seeks to maintain their control because these new voters are less likely to go along with the tired old policies. The party establishment, as represented by people like Joe Biden, still cling to the myth that they can attract back white working class voters who have defected to Donald Trump. Biden keeps talking about building bridges with the Republican party (he even talks of possibly having a Republican vice president!) despite the fact that they treat him with utter scorn.
These people hate AOC because she threatens the establishment but she is also very popular with her constituents. So what to do? They think they see an importunity because it is predicted that after the next census, the state of New York will lose one congressional seat. This means that the boundaries will have to be drawn. So party leaders are salivating at the prospect of redrawing her seat so that she will be running in a district that is less favorable to her.
AOC is a savvy politicians and knows this and is already taking steps to counter this move. But it is very revealing that a priority of party leaders is to seek to get rid of a person who has so excited the party base. It shows their true colors.
And so it appears the gap between significant voice and choice between a 2-party imposed electoral facade is diminished beyond repair. AOC, like Sanders are screaming for sensibility but the party machine indeed has the overwhelming chips to game our corrupt process of forced choice.
Incidentally, it’s getting harder to argue for participation in needed reform on this scale when popular vote suppression, scrubbing and delegate selection negates so many intended votes cast.
Marcus Ranum says
But it is very revealing that a priority of party leaders is to seek to get rid of a person who has so excited the party base. It shows their true colors.
Is “fucking stupid” a color? What wavelength is that, I wonder?
consciousness razor says
Well, “white” would be an appropriate choice, as in the peach-colored skin of the garden variety crypto-Republicans we’re talking about, but obviously not in the sense of representing all colors.