AOC gets rejected for key committee slot in Pelosi’s House … and it wasn’t even close
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burst onto the D.C. political scene nearly two years ago with a ridiculous plan to massively overhaul the U.S. economy as a way to reverse climate change and promote SJW nonsense.
The Green New Deal – which featured ideas like ending all fossil fuels in a decade, retrofitting every building in America with enviro-friendly technology, and ridding the world of “farting cows” – made the New York Democrat the darling of the hardcore environmentalist left.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi apparently sees headaches where others see salvation.
According to Fox News, Pelosi allowed the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which is responsible for assigning lawmakers to various committees, to vote on filling a vacant seat on the influential Energy & Commerce Committee. The Energy Committee oversees policy that guides the U.S. economy, a vital part of which is the fossil fuel industry.
Pelosi permitted the steering panel to pick between a pair of New Yorkers: AOC and Rep. Kathleen Rice.
Rice won in a landslide. Fox noted Thursday’s vote to add her to the Energy Committee instead of AOC was 46-13.
Speaker Pelosi announces appointments to several powerful committees, most notably the selection of Rep. Rice over Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on the House Cmte. on Energy and Commerce. https://t.co/nd0k6ymmfy
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 18, 2020
The vote came just days after Ocasio-Cortez launched a broadside at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“I do think that we need new leadership in the Democratic Party,” AOC said in an interview with The Intercept. When asked if that meant dumping Pelosi and Schumer, AOC responded, “I think so,” adding later in her comments, “Do we need new leadership of the Democratic Party? Absolutely.”
“But how do we ensure that when we shift we don’t even move further to the right,” AOC added later in her comments, apparently with a straight face. “And that’s the kind of thing that keeps me up when I think about what we’re going to do moving towards the future.”
As for the Energy Committee vote, Politico noted that some Democrats weren’t warm to AOC’s penchant for supporting primary challengers to incumbent Democrats, or threatening to do so.
“I’m taking into account who works against other members in primaries and who doesn’t,” said Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, who was forced to fend off a primary bid by an AOC-backed challenger.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was DENIED a seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
She was blocked by her own fellow Democrats.
This a huge setback for her socialist Green New Deal.
While an embarrassing defeat for @AOC, it's a win for the American people!
— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) December 18, 2020
Ultimately, Politico added, “Progressives both inside and outside of the Capitol said it would be critical to have Ocasio-Cortez on the Energy and Commerce Committee to help influence critical policies in the early days of the Biden administration. But some senior Democrats, including on the Energy and Commerce panel, had privately voiced concerns about Ocasio-Cortez landing the seat. Some feared that the firebrand Democrat, who backs progressive priorities like the ‘Green New Deal’ and ‘Medicare for All,’ could cause issues as Congress attempts to draft bipartisan health and climate policies next year.”
Take the “bipartisan” part of that observation with a huge grain of salt. There is scant evidence the shrunken Democratic majority will feel compelled to work with Republicans on anything of substance that could affect the nation’s energy or healthcare policies.
But one important point raised here is that AOC, if only momentarily, seems to have worn out her welcome with the less radical members of her caucus.