Rise of the young Communists…
Remember the good ol’ days when we were told that the world would end in 12 years due to “Global Warming”? Or was that suppose to be by way of the new “Ice Age”? I get the two confused.
Anyhow, fretting over the big freeze and/or perpetual heatwave is little more than an exercise in futility.
In fact, you can forget about nuclear war, a global pandemic courtesy of Ebola, or even a meteor the size of Chris Matthews’ head hitting the planet and wiping out all humanity. No, nothing as passé as any of that.
According to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s communications cirector and chief spokesman Corbin Trent, he’s telling The Washington Post that “The greatest threat to mankind is the cowardice of the Democratic Party.”
As reported the WaPo’s Ryan Grim, the Old Guard of the Democrat Party somehow still lives in fear of Ronald Reagan (emphasis mine);
The new insurgent class of Democrats put the fight in sharp moral terms. “A vote for Mitch McConnell’s border bill is a vote to keep kids in cages and terrorize immigrant communities,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.). “If you see the Senate bill as an option, then you don’t believe in basic human rights,” declared Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.). “Hell no. That’s an abdication of power,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.).
Frustration with the refusal to stand up for principle is boiling over among younger Democrats. On issue after issue — impeachment, Medicare-for-all, a $15 minimum wage, free public college, a Green New Deal — the answer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and other Democratic leaders is consistent: Now is not the time; the country isn’t ready. Push too fast or too far, and there’ll be a backlash.
For newer members of the party’s caucus, the older generation’s fear of a backlash is befuddling. “Leadership is driven by fear. They seem to be unable to lead,” said Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez and a co-founder of Justice Democrats, the insurgent political organization that powered her rise, while also backing Omar and Tlaib. “I’m not sure what caused it.”
The answer, in short: the Gipper.
The way the older and younger House members think about and engage with the Republican Party may be the starkest divide between them. Democratic leaders like Pelosi, Joe Biden, Steny Hoyer and Chuck Schumer were shaped by their traumatic political coming-of-age during the breakup of the New Deal coalition and the rise of Ronald Reagan — and the backlash that swept Democrats so thoroughly from power nearly 40 years ago. They’ve spent the rest of their lives flinching at the sight of voters. When these leaders plead for their party to stay in the middle, they’re crouching into the defensive posture they’ve been used to since November 1980, afraid that if they come across as harebrained liberals, voters will turn them out again.
The Ocasio-Cortezes of the world have witnessed the opposite: The way they see it, Democratic attempts to moderate and compromise have led to nothing but ruin. Republicans aren’t the ones to be afraid of. “The greatest threat to mankind is the cowardice of the Democratic Party,” Trent told me.
As just about everyone knows, there is no such thing as a “Democratic Party”. There is, however, a “Democrat Party”.
You’d think the communications director for a member of congress would know that.