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Progressive caucus is burned by promise-breaking Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez gets first lesson in the snub

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Newly elected socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has just been dealt a brutal lesson in how the political “Game of Thrones” oftentimes really operates.

Hint: It doesn’t operate like the “utopia” that appears to exist in her head.

Recall that following the midterm elections in which the Democrat Party retook the House, rebels within the party began waging a campaign against then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s bid for the speakership, arguing that it was time for the 78-year-old congressional veteran to relinquish power.

While the New York congresswoman never formally joined the so-called rebellion, she made it clear that her support for Pelosi’s bid was contingent on certain stipulations being met.

“The Democrat insurgent from the Bronx wants to use her newfound national prominence to force climate change onto the top of her party’s agenda, and if Pelosi agrees, she’s open to supporting her bid to be re-elected Speaker of the House,” Vice reported 10 days after the election.

“I think there’s an opening [for supporting Pelosi’s bid], for sure,” Ocasio-Cortez said at the time. “This is not about supporting or not supporting an individual. It’s about making sure that we can get as progressive and aggressive of legislation as a party on climate change as quickly as possible.”

Her means of implementing this radical agenda had centered on either launching a new “Green New Deal” House committee that, if formed, would push her radical “climate change” policies, or at the very least obtaining a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Because of the committee’s control over taxes and revenue, she would have had more power to tweak (or destroy?) the economy so as to achieve her unrealistic goal of replacing all of America’s energy production with renewables within 10 years.

Yet as of Jan. 13, not a single one of the young congresswoman’s demands had been met. Instead of launching a “Green New Deal” committee, Pelosi had formed a so-called Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and installed another Democrat, Florida Rep. Kathy Castor, to head it.

And according to what Castor said last week during an interview with USA Today, she doesn’t appear to be even remotely interested in entertaining Ocasio-Cortez’s radical ideas.

“Right off the bat, we will tackle fuel economy standards, make sure the Commerce Committee and the (Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) are focused on that,” she said. “The Financial Services Committee has to do a flood insurance reform bill. We will be involved in that as well.”

Ocasio-Cortez has also failed to acquire a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

As reported by Fox News on Friday, Pelosi has “passed over New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez … and other new progressive firebrands for memberships on powerful committees,” including the House Ways and Means Committee.

The House speaker has essentially snubbed Cortez, not that she possesses the courage to cry foul: Her spokesman reportedly said that though “she [had] hoped to be on it … we’re excited to see what committees she does get.” It’s unclear at this point whether she’ll be assigned to any committees.

Friday’s announcement came eight days after Ocasio-Cortez voted in favor of Pelosi’s speakership.

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By no means is the young New York congresswoman the only victim of Pelosi’s political gamesmanship. Reports suggest that the House speaker, in fact, snubbed the entire Congressional Progressive Caucus, which had reportedly agreed to support her speakership only if she guaranteed its members 40 percent representation in every committee.

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Not surprisingly, that’s not what they wound up receiving.

“According to numbers provided by the Progressive Caucus, membership increased on Ways and Means from 42 percent to 54 percent. Energy and Commerce moved from 29 percent to 31 percent, and Appropriations held steady at 36 percent,” The Intercept revealed last week.

In other words, Ocasio-Cortez and her peers in the progressive wing of the Democrat Party got royally screwed by veritable “Game of Thrones” queen Nancy Pelosi.

As noted by social media, welcome to the real world, Miss Cortez:

Has Ocasio-Cortez really learned her lesson, though? Given her continued support for socialism, a failed policy that history has repeatedly shown never works, the chances seem low …

As low as the value of a Venezuelan dollar, in fact.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE MISSING …

Vivek Saxena

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