House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the establishment Democrats are in a very rough spot. They are losing control of the party in the House of Representatives to the younger, radical progressive freshman members who refuse to be controlled by House leadership.
The Democratic Party has always targeted young radical voters for years, and it looks like they have now elected like-minded young radicals into Congress, except Pelosi has no control over them – and I don’t think she ever will.
One of the main reasons why this is happening is because there’s a huge age gap between Pelosi and the rest of the House leadership, and the freshman radicals recently elected. Pelosi is 78, and the average age the House leadership is 71. To the contrary, newly elected radicals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is only 29, and Ilhan Omar is 37. That’s like having to listen to your grandmother tell you what’s best for you, and they aren’t having it.
The average birth year for the 59 Democrats who got elected this year is 1973, with 16 of them born on or after 1980. I feel so old! These young whippersnappers believe Pelosi and the rest of the old-timers represent outdated ideas on how government works. Of course, none of them have a clue how our government is supposed to work, and that includes Pelosi and the rest of the biddies of the party. So, what we have here is a group of young radicals who do not accept the authority of the leadership of the party.
From Newt Gingrich:
This is understandable. How many 30-somethings do you know who share the same point of view as their 80-year-old grandparents?
The result is that these new Democrats are throwing a party – and the grandparents aren’t invited.
Pelosi and members of Democratic leadership are simply trapped in a cycle of responding to headlines. This is how you end up with the so-called Green New Deal, which is a work of complete legislative fantasy that would utterly bankrupt the country.
This is also how the House got to a second forced public condemnation of the new Democrats’ flagrant anti-Semitism. Pelosi simply can’t control the young, radical, progressive wing of House Democrats – a group that is ardently socialist, anti-Israel, and contemptuous of America and its history.
This gap will continue to create massive cross-pressure in the Democratic Party.
It will be interesting to watch how Pelosi handles this, because Ocasio-Cortez and gang hate the old guard, because they see them as failures for not turning America into a socialist utopian heaven on earth, and so they are forcing themselves to attempt to do it without the leadership’s permission. The youngins don’t have the patience to gain experience in governing, and so their radical views and actions are making the whole party look bad to the average American. I hate to say it, but Ocasio-Cortez sounds like a half-wit gave her an idea, and she just held onto it, and now the party looks just a dumb.
Pelosi can end it in one felled swoop by removing all committee assignments from the young radicals, a desperate political move, yes, but it would probably be much more effective than trying to win them over -because she never will. Either way, the implosion of the party will be fun to watch.
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