WaPo opinion writer thinks Nancy Pelosi should stop throwing shade at AOC and pals

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As Twitchy reported Saturday, a massive Twitter clapback was predicted to hit sometime Sunday following an interview in which Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the freshman “squad” — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib — as being just another four votes in Congress, despite whatever else they had going on in “their public whatever and their Twitter world.”

Of course, Ocasio-Cortez couldn’t let that be, but the Washington Post’s Paul Waldman really wants grandma and the kids to stop fighting, and Pelosi should lead the way by not throwing shade.

Waldman seems concerned that Republicans are getting away with too much without feeling the punishment:

… Pelosi seems gripped by the belief that voters will punish Democrats if the party is too mean to Trump, or uses its institutional power too aggressively and fails to Get Things Done.

But ask yourself: When was the last time voters punished a party for being too aggressive in opposing the other side?

Did they punish Republicans for opposing President Barack Obama too strongly, and for not getting things done? The GOP took back both the House and the Senate while Obama was president. Did the voters punish Republicans for stealing a Supreme Court seat? Did they punish them for mounting eight separate Benghazi investigations?

That’s just not how it works. It’s especially not how it works in presidential campaigns.

Poor Merrick Garland, may he rest in peace. In short, Waldman sees the 2020 election as a referendum on President Trump, and if Pelosi’s just going to sit around and wait for him to impeach himself, the election’s as good as lost.

Or maybe she’s not the senile old dinosaur everyone painted her as Saturday night:

Good answer.

All the time.


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