Thanks to the squad, the argument [about funding the facilities where the Border Patrol has nearly run out of money] became a ludicrous indictment of Pelosi rather than a united attack on Republicans who refuse to agree to minimal standards of care for children.
“All I can say is, I don’t know what she meant by that,” [Rep. Gregory W.] Meeks said of the “singling out” remarks. “Clearly the speaker has been inclusive of women of color. When you have a caucus like we have, that has been as diverse as ours, the speaker has been very inclusive.”
The tweet was “insulting” and “a big issue,” he added. “To try to compare this to what African Americans went through? . . . I think the African American community deserves an apology for that.”
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.), a New Democrat vice chair who is one of several moderate African Americans representing a Southern district, said she was subject to bigotry while growing up.
“So, to even insinuate that I, or any other member of the New Dems, would promote policies that are racist and hateful or ones that would negatively impact communities of color is deeply offensive and couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Ocasio-Cortez has become a Twitter star through her own [chutzpah] and a weird alliance with right-wing media that would like to portray her as the poster lady for all Democrats. …The best way to disabuse Americans of the notion that all Democrats are as extreme as Ocasio-Cortez is to treat her like any other freshman member and admonish her when she behaves outrageously.
…They are just four members. If they understand they’ve overplayed their hand, they might avoid being entirely frozen out and, worse, facing primary challenges by [more moderate] Democrats.
…Democrats don’t want to alienate or insult their most progressive members, but neither should they feel compelled to chase after the support of the far-left wing at the expense of every other member and the party as a whole. If the far left wants to pout and stay home [in Nov 2020,] handing the election to Trump, history will treat it harshly.
…Hardcore progressives can win in deep-blue districts and motivate their followers; moderates can win in swing areas. But the thing about a caucus or a coalition is that no one can promote themselves at the expense of and detriment to others. [Now] perhaps Democrats can return to their agenda and to their battle against Trump. For the good of the country, let’s hope so.
Yes, yes, yes! Every word of this. Yes!!!!