AOC pushes Dems to ‘move now’ before they lose Senate majority: ‘It’s a hustle’

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter last night to administer a rather morbid warning as her frustration builds with major legislation that continues to be delayed on the Hill.

While Democrats currently maintain the majority in both the House and the Senate, Ocasio-Cortez urged her colleagues not to operate as though they will have this advantage until 2022. 

In her tweet, the New York Democrat pointed out that, “During the Obama admin, folks thought we’d have a 60 Dem majority for a while. It lasted 4 months.”

She was referring to the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., whose seat was temporarily filled by another Democrat, maintaining their 60 Democrat majority until Republican Scott Brown won a special election to complete Kennedy’s term.

AOC’s frustration with the Biden administration’s prioritization of bipartisan negotiations, for example on “The American Jobs Plan”, the first prong of his two-part infrastructure plan, is clear. Radical Democrats would rather see the massive, $2.3 trillion bill passed through reconciliation so they don’t have to compromise on the numerous elements of the bill that don’t qualify as traditional infrastructure like union bailouts, expanded welfare measures, and electric vehicle subsidies. 

Moderate Democrats like Senator Joe Manchin, however, are pushing to see the bipartisan deal through.

They’re working hard trying to find a compromise. They’ve come a long way, and they’re moving in the right direction. We have to wait and see the outcome,” Manchin told Fox News.

In Ocasio-Cortez’s mind, the clock is ticking and every moment wasted represents the risk that Democrats are taking by not autocratically shoving their own legislation through. 

She does not believe that Republicans are negotiating in good faith, as she tweeted, “Dems are burning precious time & impact negotiating w/GOP who won’t even vote for a Jan. 6 commission. McConnell’s plan is to run out the clock. It’s a hustle. We need to move now.”

While this is certainly an alarmist view, Ocasio-Cortez brings up an interesting point. The Senate started 2021 with the oldest average age in its history, at 64.3 years, according to the Washington Examiner. It noted the advancing age of three Democrats: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will turn 88 on June 22; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 81; and Sen. Bernie Sanders will turn 80 later this year.

Ocasio-Cortez urged the Biden administration to stop “playing pattycake” with GOP Senators in another tweet warning, “Mitch McConnell and the Koch brothers are not worth setting the planet on fire for.”

For radical Democrats, as long as the clock is ticking on their agenda, and perhaps some of their majority, there is no hope for bipartisanship or compromise in sight. 

Her embrace of authoritarianism was criticized on Twitter:

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments come on the heels of her public criticism for Vice President Kamala Harris this week. AOC called characterized Harris’s admonishment to illegal migrants to “not come here” as “disappointing.”


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