By Jon Dougherty
The media has treated Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) like the second coming of JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama all rolled into one, rarely challenging her hair-brained schemes and half-baked legislative proposals.
She got a pass from just about everyone when she introduced her most dramatic fail to date — the “Green New Deal” — never having to really explain where she was going to find the trillions and trillions (and trillions) of dollars to pay for it…after the plan ruined our country by returning our economy to the pre-Industrial Revolution period.
Still, she continues to be feted by the establishment press and treated as more of a rock star than a serious legislator. And frankly, that’s ticking off a whole bunch of people who she shouldn’t be making angry: Her fellow Democrats and, more importantly, voters who sent her to D.C.
“I see her on TV a lot but not in the neighborhood,” waitress Barbara Nosel told the Washington Times. “You are supposed to come to the people without the media. You are one of us. You worked in a bar. You are not a princess.”
Other voters in her 14th Congressional District in New York say she’s too pushy.
“I admire her oomph. She’s Puerto Rican. She’s fighting for middle America,” Iris Acosta, a retired teacher, told the paper. “I just don’t like her being too fast, in your face. Go a little slower, and she could do a lot.”
“People are billing her as a superstar. I think she doesn’t have enough experience,” lawyer Manuel Fabian, a registered Democrat, told the Times. He also doubted that America was ready to toss aside its capitalist founding and embrace Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘democratic socialism.’
“The Green New Deal looks good on paper, but I’m reluctant to give the government so much power, and I don’t think this country is ready to embrace a socialist platform and I don’t think we ever will be,” Fabian added. “But I’m willing to give her a chance. She’s got to learn the ropes.”
Political science professor Michael Miller thinks the spotlight on her may be too bright and came too soon.
“Most members of Congress toil in relative obscurity, so voters may never learn that the member has done something disagreeable. But with the spotlight on her and every action scrutinized, of course, it is more likely that the typical voter finds something to nitpick,” Miller said.
A national poll from Quinnipiac University that was released last week found Ocasio-Cortez very polarizing.
“All is definitely not A-OK for AOC. Most voters either don’t like the firebrand freshman Congresswoman or don’t know who she is,” Tim Malloy, associate director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said.
Even before she got to Washington, senior Democrats were panning her ideas and her belief that she was simply going to storm into town and get things done.
“Meteors fizz out,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., said last fall, ahead of the 2018 midterm election she won, as reported by The Hill.
“What she will learn in this institution is that it’s glacial to begin with, and therefore no matter how far you rise, that’s just how far you will ultimately get your comeuppance. You come up here and you’re going to be buddy-buddy with all the folks or you’re just going to make them do certain things? Ain’t happening, OK?”
Outgoing Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri also had some words of advice for Ocasio-Cortez — that she promptly ignored.
“I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working-class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issues that we can actually accomplish something on,” McCaskill said.
Leftist Starbucks founder and former CEO Howard Schultz, who is considering an independent bid for president — which is angering Democrats — has also heavily criticized the Green New Deal.
“For us to start moving towards a level of socialism is such an extreme position and something that is inconsistent with the values, the heritage, and the tradition of the country,” Schultz said. “And that is what Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others are proposing to try and defeat Donald Trump with a far extreme proposal.
“If Donald Trump runs against one of those types of candidates it’s my belief that Donald Trump will be reelected, that the vast majority of Americans are not going to embrace socialism,” Schultz added.
“I read that by 2030 they’re suggesting that every building in America becomes clean energy, conforms to clean energy, just to put that in perspective, because it’s not realistic, that would mean that between 2,000 and 3,000 buildings a day would have to be reconstructed to conform to what they’re saying,” Schultz said. “So let’s be sensible about what we’re suggesting.”
He added that the GND “a well-intentioned idea but it’s never going to happen.”
“Let’s propose things that are true, that are honest, that are sincere, and that are realistic,” Schultz said.
The ‘highly experienced, well-educated, 29-year-old former biz executive’ blew Schultz off as well.
Ah yes, because we‘ve all drawn upon the rich inspiration of American leaders who‘ve inspired a nation in crisis by saying, “No, You Can’t.” https://t.co/SmToOkqAKm
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 9, 2019
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