AOC Expresses Frustration With 'Moderates,' Generally States Facts In New Interview

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It’s been frustrating in recent years watching the Democratic party try too hard to appeal to a group that wants nothing to do with it. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) seems to know that frustration first hand.

“Democrats can be too big of a tent,” Ocasio-Cortez told New York Magazine in a profile published on Monday. When pressed further on what her role in congress would be under a Biden presidency she states, “Oh God. In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.” No lies detected.

Ocasio-Cortez vents her frustration with the current Democratic party’s obsession with moderates in the profile. She’s at odds with the current establishment due to their focus more on maintaining a majority and getting votes as opposed to iterating policies that would, you know, make things better. The profile details how she’s become somewhat of a loner in Congress as a result of her sticking to her ideals. Congressional aides interviewed in the piece, whether they like her or not, seem to believe she runs the risk of alienating herself in the party as a result. One of the aides interviewed states, “You have to learn quickly; otherwise, you will be in the minority and you will be as relevant as that windowpane. Do you want to be able to just talk a lot or do you want to be able to do something?”


She lays out a very passionate vision for the future of the party throughout the piece. One where progressive ideas aren’t expended just to save some votes for a Democrat elected in a red state. It’s honestly exciting to see. We’ve got a morally bankrupt individual leading a moral bankrupt party and instead of calling it what it is, the Democrats have spent the last three years hand-wringing. Having representatives willing to take that on is welcome change of pace over some outdated appeal to “the center.”

The hope is that with Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashiad Tlaib and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, more leaders will soon be elected that have capacity to not capitulate to old men with old ideas just for the sake of politics.

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“She’s at odds with the current establishment due to their focus more on maintaining a majority and getting votes as opposed to iterating policies that would, you know, make things better.”

AOC will become a stronger and more effective politician, once she accepts that she cannot makes things better until and unless she gets the votes, then *gets* those votes.

Let’s face it—the reason why the House flipped Democratic was not due to politicians such as AOC. She primaried another liberal Democrat in a heavily Democratic district. Kudos to her. She’s part of the freshman class that flipped the House Democratic, but her election didn’t flip a Republican chair Democratic.

It was the moderate Democrats who flipped the House.

She can iterate all the policies that she wants. If she doesn’t have the votes, they will remain just that—thoughts.

She does not have to sacrifice her ideals. She just needs to learn how to work within the system. She can build good will by taking baby steps, and working with her fellow politicians.

And, she can help with grassroots efforts to mobilize the vote. Let’s face it—voter turnout of those under 30 is pretty miserably low. That’s the bad news. The good news? There are many votes to be had, if they can be mobilized.