Darkness no more
- Mar 5, 2009
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., outspoken champion of progressive causes, lamented in a new interview that her own party is too inclusive of people with different ideas.
“In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are,” Ocasio-Cortez said. When asked how she would fit in with a possible Biden administration, her initial response was, “Oh, God.”
But Ocasio-Cortez’s problem with the more experienced members of her party goes beyond respect, as she expressed an impatience with their tolerance for more moderate views.
“For so long, when I first got in, people were like, ‘Oh, are you going to basically be a Tea Party of the left?’ And what people don’t realize is that there is a Tea Party of the left, but it’s on the right edges, the most conservative parts of the Democratic Party,” she said. “So the Democratic Party has a role to play in this problem, and it’s like we’re not allowed to talk about it. We’re not allowed to talk about anything wrong the Democratic Party does.”
At the same time that she endorses creating room for other viewpoints, she complains that “Democrats can be too big of a tent,” and suggests that the Congressional Progressive Caucus in particular should start closing its doors to those who don’t have the proper leftist creds.
“They let anybody who the cat dragged in call themselves a progressive,” she said. “There’s no standard.”