During an interview with Jeremey Scahill of the Intercept, progressive-wing media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggests it’s time for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to go, but not until the leadership vacuum that would result can be filled.
“If you create that vacuum, there are so many nefarious forces at play to fill that vacuum with something even worse,” AOC explains.
AOC argues that right now there are no alternatives because Democrat party leadership has concentrated power without any “real grooming of a next generation of leadership.”
She says “a lot of this is not just about these two personalities, but also about the structural shifts that these two personalities have led in their time in leadership.”
“The structural shifts of power in the House, both in process and rule, to concentrate power in party leadership of both parties, frankly, but in Democratic Party leadership to such a degree that an individual member has far less power than they did 30, 40, 50 years ago,” she continues.
She says this pushes the “really talented members of Congress that do come along” to leave or run for statewide office instead.” She adds that Pelosi has also signaled that this could be her last time “and the left isn’t really making a plan for that either, so I do think that it’s something that we really need to think about.”
Ocasio-Cortez was not shy about calling some of Biden’s cabinet picks from corporations like Goldman Sachs “horrible.”
“The Biden administration is bringing back a lot of Obama appointees, which depending on where you are in the party, may sound nice, I guess,” AOC said “But I think what a lot of people fail to remember is that we now have a Biden administration that’s bringing back a lot of Obama appointees, but when Obama was making appointments, he was bringing back a lot of Clinton appointees.”
She said this lack of rotation and recycling of the same cast of characters is “a huge reason why we got Donald Trump in the first place. In addition to just the racism that was waiting to be reanimated in this country, [there] was just an extreme disdain for this moneyed political establishment that rules Washington.”