Physics is cool. I was never good at it in high school – and still aren’t – but I do remember the basic tenet. Every action has an opposite and equal reaction. That’s politics in a microcosm.
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not donating to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in protest of a policy to “blacklist” organizations that back Democratic candidates running against incumbents. In response, there are rumors that her democratic colleagues will eliminate her congressional seat during redistricting after the 2020 census.
Most politicians pay dues to their respective national committee who, in turn, work to ensure their members get elected or re-elected. AOC ran afoul of the DCCC when she decided to take her ball and go home. After bursting onto the scene two years ago, AOC wanted a seat at the adult table. The only problem is she didn’t earn it.
In typical Millennial fashion. she believes it’s her right to automatically get what others have spent years cultivating. Politics, like life, doesn’t work that way. What she needs to understand is she will eventually get the seat with the adults– but she has to earn it. Having millions of Instagram followers does not give anyone a right of entry to the plum committee seats.
AOC also got upset that no one in Congress listened to her and viewed her Green New Deal as the naïve joke that it is. So, she did what any spoiled brat child does and only played with those who catered to her. She also decided if the institution wouldn’t support her, she wouldn’t support the institution.
And I’m OK with that. Good for her.
There is something to be said for being a good soldier, paying your dues (literally in her case) and biding your time. In fact, 90 percent of the time I am a believer of that very sentiment. Every once in a while, however, especially when dealing with elitists – you have to stick it to them.
AOC is proving to be a formidable fund raiser and is good at monetizing her Instagram base. I can do without her live streams because it does her more of a disservice than anything else – but it’s working for her so what the heck. The Democratic elitists look down on her and she is returning the favor. According to publish reports, AOC has donated more than $300,000 to candidates who will challenge incumbent Democrats for their seats come November.
That move may not make her popular among her peers but AOC is not interested in getting legislation done. She is only interested in building her brand.
But what was the first action that created this reaction? Was it AOC’s initial prima donna behavior that left her colleagues exasperated by her audacity? Or was it her colleagues’ smugness that she doesn’t know the ropes that made her act out?
It really doesn’t matter which action created the reaction because they were wrong to not take her seriously and she was wrong for wanting to be respected without doing anything to warrant admiration. You can make the case she was right for taking an alternative path to build a coalition and they would be right to take her seat.
Every action has an opposite and equal reaction