Politics Ain’t Bean Bag


¡Ocasio! She Guevara has come on rather forcefully in her new role as a Congresscritter. Her gaffes have been a marvelous source of pointage, lagughery, and mockification from the Right, but they been a real irritant to many on the Left. She and her chief of staff have made comments about recruiting candidates to run in the 2020 primaries against sitting Democrat politician who don’t toe her political line. As Jeff Dunetz reports over at The Lid, establishment Democrats are talking about recruiting a primary challenger for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

The newbie’s involvement with a group called Justice Democrats, an extreme leftist PAC that believes in primarying any Democrat who disagrees with their platform is setting her up for failure. Recently Ocasio-Cortez was featured in a Justice Democrats promotional video pushing a program to recruit other far-left progressives to run for Congress.

So far their biggest faux pas was to go after the #4 person in the House Democratic Caucus, Hakeem Jeffries did not please the Congressional Black Caucus.

Ah, the problems of Intersectionality and competing identity-based power struggles complicated by issue-based demands …

Any internal party fight against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be interesting. And if she is sent back to whence she came, she will become a textbook example of how leftist extremism is creating a Democratic Party civil war.

I’m buying more popcorn futures.

2 thoughts on “Politics Ain’t Bean Bag

  1. Yes, yes, more futures, but they’re getting pretty expensive with all the claptrap the politicians are going to be/are pulling for the 2020 elections.

  2. Congress is pretty inefficient. What you want to happen is to have, within constitutional boundaries, people to represent the interests of their states or districts. The incentives as far as the voters go are fine, as far as it goes. The problem is the politicians. Their interests are a) self-interests, b) retaining or enlarging their own power c) popularity. There is no real disincentive to trying to pass an unconstitutional law. They won’t be forced out by the constitution. They won’t be forced out by the voters. There is no real incentive to represent their states or districts either. If anything, their incentive is to represent the interests of the people who voted for them, and the subset of those who didn’t who might. You can be grossly incompetent: the only metric of success is that you can get reelected. Finally, the largest means of criticism reaching the masses is one-sidedly biased.

    With the above problems, it didn’t take Congress 40 years before it was overrun by buffoons. I remember a line I first saw in one of the HItchhiker’s series, but perhaps it was elsewhere… about how no one who wanted to be the president should ever be allowed to be so, but that is incorrect. The president’s office is easy to see. It still has the same problem of the press being hellishly biased, but ultimately, impeachment or electing someone else 4 years later, a President’s job isn’t some easy lifetime appointment hidden behind hundreds of other layabouts. If anything, no one who wants to work in Congress should ever be allowed to do so. On the scale of things, leadership is fine as it is.

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