Behind the Pay-go Battle Is No Central Contradiction That Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Her Allies Will Need to Resolve


The Intercept has the article actually titled Behind the Pay-go Battle Is a Central Contradiction That Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Her Allies Will Need to Resolve.

“I think coming through this process from the background of organizing, and as an organizer, it really makes you think of the political process as – it really opens what that field looks like, of what change is possible. So it’s not just about whipping votes or getting someone to a yes or no — although all of those are critical elements of the job — but the other part of it is really shaping the landscape of what we think is possible,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

AOC would be a fool to give up her power to shape the landscape so that her colleagues would like her even though they are trying to undermine her policy objectives. The Republicans have caught onto the importance of shaping the landscape, while the Democrats just don’t seem to get it. That is exactly how we have come to the mess we are in right now.

If we don’t get more politicians who behave like AOC and Bernie Sanders, we are never going to have a landscape shaped the way it needs to be. If AOC changed the landscape enough, it would make it more difficult for Progressives to vote against their own principles for political reasons.

The Progressives who negotiated concessions, but still voted for the rules with pay-go in it, could have said that they appreciated the concessions they negotiated, but the outcome was just not good enough for them to vote for it. Now the oligarchs’ Democrats know that they can throw a few crumbs, make some promises that they won’t keep, and get the Progressives to knuckle under.

Here are a few other random excerpts from the article that contradict the intent of the article.

The gap between the New York Democrat’s power outside the Capitol and the display of it on day one inside of it could hardly have been greater, and it’s an imbalance that simply can’t hold long-term. Something has to give; one side or the other will need to break or bend. It remains to be seen which one it will be.
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That hostility built upon already strong wariness on the part of her fellow lawmakers, who see in Ocasio-Cortez’s brand of people-powered, corporate-free politics a challenge to their own integrity or progressivism. She is a walking reminder to some Democrats of the space between their ideals and how they have come to practice politics — and they don’t appreciate the reminder.
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Part of what Ocasio-Cortez has been so good at since arriving in Washington is educating the public – introducing people outside of Congress to arcane but crucial levers of power at work, such as the way she exposed elements of freshman orientation as little more than corporate propaganda.

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