"They will never forget you until someone else comes." – The Eagles, New Kid in Town
"AOC" has meant something different in the congress halls for decades.
To the uninitiated "AOC" stands for "Architect of the Capitol". In the history of the Republic there were only eleven architects of the Capitol. The president appoints a candidate. It is subject to confirmation by the Senate. The job is now vacant as former Ayers architect Stephen Ayers retired last year.
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But "AOC" now means something different in the congress lexicon. AOC is the abbreviation for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., the newcomer from the Bronx.
"AOC" shocked the political world last June when they met former Rep. Joe Crowley, DN.Y. the primary. Only a few saw the surprise. Political handicappers thought Crowley would have a good chance of serving as the House's Democratic leader or even Speaker of the House. Now Crowley left. Ocasio-Cortez knows far more people than ever before, even though he has been in Congress for two decades.
Congress is a tough business.
On the first day of home-first orientation, Ocasio-Cortez joined demonstrators at a sit-in in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Subsequently, Ocasio-Cortez conducted seminars and provided tips to the Democrats on how to improve their social media interactions. Ocasio-Cortez is today one of the most famous figures in American politics. President Trump, Pelosi and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
Ocasio-Cortez recruits Medicare for everyone. It makes dire warnings about the environment. Together with the deputies Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) And Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), The New York Democrat wrote a letter to colleagues, in which he demanded that the current committee for border security conferences should reduce spending the Department of Homeland Security.
Some radically describe the ideas of Ocasio-Cortez. Extreme. Socialist. Revolutionary. AOC has an innate ability to overpower the political system. Rattle traditionalists on both sides of the aisle. Some even scare.
Are the ideas radical? That's in the eye of the beholder. But America's history is based on radicals. Those who have stood by the crown. How radical was the idea of transferring power from one monarch to two legislatures? Alexander Hamilton's radical idea of a nationalized financial system that connects states and debt? Radical steps of Lincoln, FDR, and Martin Luther King, Jr. [1
Here's what we know: Ocasio-Cortez is now possibly on? but it will not always be. When the eagles sing, "they'll never forget you until someone else comes." This poetry is a guaranteed security in politics. The attacks on Ocasio-Cortez are nothing new. Political leaders that are effective, tune in to a resonant sweetspot or break the noise are almost always targeted – often ad hominem.
Pelosi knows this pretty well. Some thought that Pelosi was among the outlaws last fall. Conversely, the Republicans were showing that Pelosi was too liberal for Democrats. Last week, Kevin McCarthy, President of House Minority, R-Calif, California, said Pelosi "is not keeping up with their party."
Music critics mock AC / DC as a band that recorded the same album "17 times". AC / DC does not dispute this charge. The guitarist Angus Young even hugs it. AC / DC will tell you that they have a good formula that works and sells records. So why change?
Republicans have long denounced Pelosi. It is an effort to poison them as the face of the Democrats of the House – and seek to associate moderate Democrats with a San Francisco Liberal. Similar to AC / DC, Republicans have cut the same album 17 times over Pelosi. Too liberal Obamacare existed. Cap and trade. Used her special "plane" to fly around the country. But Republicans stick to the Pelosi strategy because it works. You do not need to find a new sound for the next album. Republicans, of course, are back to Pelosi because she is the spokeswoman for the House and the GOP is in the minority. So you will get out everything you have against Pelosi.
Pelosi has survived the challenge after years of attacks. That's why the knives are back for them.
This also explains why the knives are also for Ocasio-Cortez. She is different She has many supporters now. It is natural that opponents – both within the republican and the democratic – are fighting for them. This is one of the ways in which political opponents undermine political figures and introduce a "new child in the city". If someone comes too close to the fire, there are many people who are ready to push them into the inferno.
The same phenomenon is true right now in the Democratic presidential contests in 2020. Many new children in town: Sens. Cory Booker, DN.J., Kamala Harris, D-California, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. And these are just those on Capitol Hill who are either running or quasi officially bidding. The democratic primaries will be brutal.
In 2016, we did not even talk about problems in the Democratic Party and the potential bias in favor of Hillary Clinton towards Bernie Sanders.
Take a look at how the "establishment" came after President Trump in 2015 and 2016. Few gave Trump a chance. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rand Paul, R-Ken., Former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, then rose in front of more established GOP politicians and the former Governor of Ohio, John Kasich. The president was the epitome of a "new kid in the city".
"AOC" is new on Capitol Hill. There is a whisper about primary challenger and long-term plans. Ocasio-Cortez is not the first person in Congress or Presidential policy to hold this position. She is simply one of the newest.