Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has already lost her shine as far as many Democrats are concerned. She doesn’t have any facts and she attacks her own party when she doesn’t bother to find out the facts before opening her big mouth. Let’s start with Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), whom she defeated in the primary. Crowley had already endorsed her in the general election but she came out and accused him of mounting a third-party run to stop her from winning.
The problem stems from a New York State law that says everyone who wins the endorsement of a party must appear on the ballot. Crowley was selected by the Working Families Party. The only three ways he can remove his name from the ballot is by dying, moving to another district or to run for another office, which he is not planning on the last two and hoping not to qualify for the first.
But Crowley is not the only Democrat she has gone out of her way to insult or make enemies with. “She’s carrying on and she ain’t gonna make friends that way,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.). “Joe conceded, wished her well, said he would support her … so she doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about.” “She’s not asking my advice,” he added, “[but] I would do it differently, rather than make enemies of people.”
Asked if Ocasio-Cortez is, indeed, making enemies of fellow Democrats, Pascrell didn’t hesitate.
“Yes,” he said. “No doubt about it.”
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) offered a similar message, saying success in the 435-member House comes slowly — and hinges largely on the ability of lawmakers to forge constructive relationships with other members. Alienating more senior lawmakers within your own party, he warned, will only stifle the ability of Ocasio-Cortez to get anything done — even despite her newfound celebrity.
“Meteors fizz out,” Hastings said. “What she will learn in this institution is that it’s glacial to begin with, and therefore no matter how far you rise, that’s just how far you will ultimately get your comeuppance.”
And that’s her friends talking. Imagine what her enemies are saying.