The civil war among the House Democrats is proceeding apace, escalated recently when Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played the race card on Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Now AOC and the other members of “the Squad” and their allies called the “Justice Democrats” are getting that race card played right back at them.
One of the tactics being employed by the far-left wing of the Democratic Party has been to primary members of Congress whom they deem insufficiently progressive.
It turns out that many of the Democratic House members that the so-called Justice Democrats are primarying are African American. The Congressional Black Caucus is not amused.
The Hill explains:
“Congressional Black Caucus members are furious at Justice Democrats, accusing the outside progressive group aligned with firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) of trying to oust lawmakers of color, specifically African American lawmakers.
“Justice Democrats is backing primary challengers to eight-term Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a Hispanic Caucus member, and 10-term Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The insurgent group also made noise this year about challenging Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), a CBC member seen as the heir apparent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
And CBC leaders are fretting that Justice Democrats may target other black lawmakers in the coming weeks and months, including Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Joyce Beatty(D-Ohio), Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Anthony Brown (D-Md.). Brown said the group has been making calls in his district, actively trying to recruit a challenger to run against him.”
The Congressional Black Caucus, to paraphrase Saturday Night Live’s Dana Carvey, are basically asking the question, “Could it be…could it possibly be…racism?”
The CBC is also comparing the Justice Democrats to a bunch of “Russian trolls” seeking to sow chaos in advance of the 2020 elections.
The Justice Democrats, which came to the prominence when they helped elect AOC last year, has been unrepentant. They have accused the Congressional Black Caucus of supporting “incumbency over democracy.”
The exchange is just the latest in a civil war that had broken out among House Democrats between the far left-wing and the not so far left-wing.
It started when AOC accused Pelosi of targeting “women of color” among the House Democratic Caucus, referring to herself and the other three radical House members that have come to be known as “the squad.”
Ocasio-Cortez walked the accusation back a little bit by denying that the Speaker is a racist.
Before, AOC’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti compared moderate Democrats to old fashioned southern segregationists of the sort former Vice President Biden used to pal around with.
“They certainly seem hell-bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did [during] the 40s,” he tweeted. He later deleted the tweet, but the damage had already been done.
Republicans, understandably, are enjoying the spectacle immensely. Sen Lindsey Graham suggested on Fox News that the House Democratic civil war is going to assure not only the reelection of President Donald Trump but the retaking of the House by Republicans.
“I think Republicans are more likely to take the House because of this breakdown because there are 31 Democrats that hold congressional seats where President Trump won their congressional district.
“What does it mean to these 31? If you cross AOC and the ‘fab four’ you’re going to get a primary. And if you vote with them you’re going to lose in the general election. So the biggest beneficiary of this will be the Republican Party and President Trump because the policies these four people are pushing are so out of the mainstream.”
Speaker Pelosi has been desperately trying to quell the infighting, knowing as much as Graham what it is likely going to lead to. AOC’s Squad is unimpressed. From the moment they entered elected office, their goal has been to upend the apple cart, not to go along to get along.
They are young women who are very much in a hurry. They are uninterested in waiting their turn, glad-hand their betters, and slowly climb up the greasy pole of political power. They want a revolution and they want it now.
Anything and anyone who stands in their way must be swept away. If that means fellow Democrats who are insufficiently zealous, then so be it.