Bonchie wrote over the weekend about how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) was fed up with the BFF freshman squad of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA).
In an interview she did with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Pelosi downplayed the influence The Squad had on policy decisions made by House leaders, insinuating they were more interested in Governing by Twitter than actually getting things done in Congress.
In particular, the San Francisco Democrat was not pleased that the four of them banded together to vote against the border humanitarian aid bill.
Naturally, the Four Amigas were not happy that their childish tantrums were called out by the House’s leading Democrat, and three of them fired back on Twitter in response.
In the middle of all of their attempts at accusing Pelosi of being insufficiently woke, one Washington Post journalist attempted to step up to the plate in defense of the Freshman Four, suggesting that they had more influence on policy in the House than the Speaker was willing to give them credit for:
Worth noting each member of "The Squad" is now the lead author of pivotal policy proposals:
AOC: Green New Deal to rapidly decarbonize US economy
Tlaib: Biggest federal antipoverty subsidy
Omar: $1.6T in student debt forgiveness
Pressley: Backpay 4 contractors in shutdown
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) July 7, 2019
You've probably read about GND but some links to stories on the other 3:
Tlaib BOOST Act: https://t.co/hUUSIf7QvY
Omar (w/ Sanders) leading House legislation on student debt: https://t.co/9gUOpWosXU
Pressley's backpay bill: https://t.co/6NqO4UKx0x
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) July 7, 2019
Tlaib retweeted Stein’s first tweet.
While Stein was praised by the Radical Four’s sycophants, he was also given a reality check by others:
None of which will pass the House, let alone the Senate, let alone cross PDT's desk and get a signature. They are meaningless political theater, of which AOC and the Odd Squad excel. Not so much in actually doing the grunt work and compromise getting bills passed requires.
— ChiefWahoo (@eCommerce_Guy) July 8, 2019
Pressly would have not gotten anywhere in that backpay for contractors bill without the co author Eleanor Holmes Norton. And you know it. The NGD is going absolutely no where and the student debt forgiveness bill is on the chopping block. Your take is misleading and disingenuous
— LeftOutLoud #GoodTrouble (@mslindanash) July 7, 2019
Calling the GND a 'proposal' seems a little generous. "List of every suggestion a DSA member ever shouted out at a meeting" seems more accurate.
— Todd Francoeur (@ToddFrancoeur) July 7, 2019
Authoring a proposal is not an accomplishment. Having the maturity to pass legislation is the accomplishment. The squad has yet to do that.
— Jim Brookhart (@JimBrookhart) July 8, 2019
None of these have passed.
But you go ahead and give these girls their participation ribbon….
— Apostic (@AposticMark) July 7, 2019
And how many of these proposals will actually pass? Pelosi’s point seems pretty valid. 🤷♂️
— Scott (@Bigsky1014keegs) July 7, 2019
While it’s true some of the presidential candidates are discussing AOC’s Green New Deal, it still is going nowhere – even if a Democrat does manage to get elected president. It’s just that several of the candidates running for president are desperate for AOC’s endorsement, and the quickest way they think they can get it is through signing on to some form of the Green New Deal.
Watch them say something completely different in a general election campaign, though. That’s how these things typically work. But in the event they don’t backtrack, Trump is going to have even more of a field day with them – which should make the presidential debates next fall a whole lot more entertaining.
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