It’s on! AOC says Pelosi, Schumer need to go, though she’s ‘not ready’ to be speaker

With it becoming more apparent that a Democrat will reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the next four years, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is attempting to flex her political muscle as the self-appointed voice of the party.

AOC said during an interview on the “The Intercept” podcast that it’s time for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to go.

 

With her vast experience in office, culminating almost a full term in office, Ocasio-Cortez warned of a power vacuum that may be filled by “nefarious forces” — to get a feel for how radical Ocasio-Cortez is, she believes Pelosi and Schumer are somewhat conservative, saying the vacuum could be filled by someone “more conservative.”

“I do think we need new leadership in the Democratic Party,” said the democratic socialist. “I think one of the things that I’ve struggled with, I think that a lot of people struggle with, is the internal dynamics of the House has made it such that there [are] very little options for succession.”

The brilliance behind the remark — or would cowardice be a more applicable term? — is that House Democrats have already nominated 80-year-old Pelosi, who faced zero opposition, as speaker in the next Congress.

This coming despite losing a number of House seats in the 2020 election Democrats were expected to win — Pelosi has the slimmest majority since at least World War II as a result of the red wave that inexplicably excluded the top of the ticket. Allegedly.

Pelosi suggested that this would be her last term as speaker, although CNN reported that she “was somewhat vague” about whether the next session will be her last in the leadership role when asked about it later.

As for filling the next opening, AOC assured followers she’s not “ready” to be speaker.

Yet.

“The House is extraordinarily complex and I’m not ready,” she said. “It can’t be me. I know that I couldn’t do that job.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who was easily reelected to a second term in November, said party leaders have concentrated power “with a lack of real grooming on next generation of leadership.”

“My concern — and I acknowledge this as a failing, as something that we need to sort out — is that there isn’t a plan,” she said. “How do we fill that vacuum? Because if you create that vacuum, there are so many nefarious forces at play to fill that vacuum with something even worse. And so, the actual sad state of affairs is that there are folks more conservative than even they are willing to kind of fill that void.”

There is an 18-member Blue Dog Coalition of 18 members in the House, co-chaired by Reps. Anthony Brindisi (NY),  Lou Correa (Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (Fla)., and Tom O’Halleran (Ariz).

But the caucus has not shown much stomach for challenging the much larger, vocal progressive wing of the party.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

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