The spectacle of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complaining that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is persistently “singling out of newly elected women of color” for criticism is an occasion for much schadenfreude on the right. But conservatives should be careful about drinking too deeply from the mug of progressive tears.
The feud between Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi represents a clash of two different types of politics, the outcome of which will define the Democratic Party and American politics for some time to come. This schism likely will be resolved outside Congress, which may give Ocasio-Cortez’s forces the advantage.
The most recent eruption of bad blood stems from Pelosi’s recent interview with Maureen Dowd. The House speaker dismissed Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley (also known as “the squad”) for voting against the GOP Senate’s border spending bill, which Pelosi backed (to support more moderate House Democrats). Pelosi told Dowd: “[T]hese people have their public whatever and their Twitter world.