Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a target of racist rhetoric from President Donald Trump, responds to reporters as she arrives for votes in the House, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has to be feeling pretty isolated right now. Earlier today, her idol (and given her past comments, I mean that quite literally) sold her and her movement down the river by not only endorsing Joe Biden, but not even trying to get him to commit to anything on Medicare for All. That was the entire centerpiece of the Bernie Sanders campaign and Biden wasn’t even asked about it by the Vermont Senator in their awkward back and forth.
All the rallies, all the slogans, and all the Twitter trolling were for naught. In their moment of maximum leverage, where they could have tried to extract some concessions from the party, Sanders abandoned his army and bowed before his DNC masters. He’s got lake houses to fund after all.
For her part, AOC did an interview with The New York Times in which she lashed out at Biden’s policies and noted that he hasn’t reached out to her. You can almost feel the bad blood brewing.
NEW: I interview @AOC abt Joe Biden and Democratic unity. What concessions she wants (plenty), if they've ever talked (no), whether we'll see a Biden-AOC unity rally (depends), and what she's thought abt his early health care outreach ("almost insulting")https://t.co/PytaBB0nk1
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) April 13, 2020
Here are some excerpts via the Free Beacon.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) said in a New York Times interview published Monday that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden may be even more hostile to progressives than failed candidate Hillary Clinton.
The socialist congresswoman called Biden’s newly released Medicare eligibility plan—the centerpiece of his attempt to win over Sanders supporters—”almost insulting.”
“They floated this olive branch to the progressive left of lowering the Medicare age to 60,” she told the Times. “And it’s almost insulting. I think Hillary [Clinton] was looking at policies that lowered it to 50. So we’re talking about a ‘progressive concession’ that is 10 years worse than what the nominee had in 2016.”
It certainly doesn’t sound like an endorsement of Biden is forthcoming for the freshman Congresswoman.
I’ll also note that her puppet masters over at the Democratic Socialists of America aren’t endorsing Biden either, and they’ve made it clear they won’t be doing so in the future.
We are not endorsing @JoeBiden.
— DSA 🌹 (@DemSocialists) April 12, 2020
The teeth-gnashing responses to that tweet by mainline Democrats obsessed with beating Trump are pretty funny. There’s definitely a major split happening and the DSA may be attempting to wield power they don’t have. The same is true for AOC, who, at the end of this, appears to have backed the wrong horse and left herself nowhere to go. Does she go crawling back to Pelosi, begging for some visibility? Or does she hold firm and push against Biden’s candidacy until he possibly capitulates to some of her demands?
My suspicion is that she’ll cave. Like all good Marxists, she craves power more than she does actual institutional change. It’s all fun and games until she ends up having her seat redistricted out of existence and she’s back tending bar.
In the meantime, AOC will make some noise and attempt to exert influence. I doubt she has much impact at this point though. The real wildcard continues to be the millions of followers she and Bernie amassed. Do they bend the knee to the DNC after getting screwed again? Most will, but I’m skeptical they all will, and that could swing the election in November.