As Twitchy reported Saturday, a massive Twitter clapback was predicted to hit sometime Sunday following an interview in which Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the freshman “squad” — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib — as being just another four votes in Congress, despite whatever else they had going on in “their public whatever and their Twitter world.”
Of course, Ocasio-Cortez couldn’t let that be, but the Washington Post’s Paul Waldman really wants grandma and the kids to stop fighting, and Pelosi should lead the way by not throwing shade.
Opinion: Why is Nancy Pelosi doing this? https://t.co/zCyxQqVMAB
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 8, 2019
Waldman seems concerned that Republicans are getting away with too much without feeling the punishment:
… Pelosi seems gripped by the belief that voters will punish Democrats if the party is too mean to Trump, or uses its institutional power too aggressively and fails to Get Things Done.
But ask yourself: When was the last time voters punished a party for being too aggressive in opposing the other side?
Did they punish Republicans for opposing President Barack Obama too strongly, and for not getting things done? The GOP took back both the House and the Senate while Obama was president. Did the voters punish Republicans for stealing a Supreme Court seat? Did they punish them for mounting eight separate Benghazi investigations?
That’s just not how it works. It’s especially not how it works in presidential campaigns.
Poor Merrick Garland, may he rest in peace. In short, Waldman sees the 2020 election as a referendum on President Trump, and if Pelosi’s just going to sit around and wait for him to impeach himself, the election’s as good as lost.
Or maybe she’s not the senile old dinosaur everyone painted her as Saturday night:
Because Twitter isn’t real life, the ability to cherry pick primaries to force in radical extremists and racists doesn’t speak to a broader trend, and she wants to save her party from its current myopic and oblivious suicidal push to appease the passionately ignorant?
— Leonidas Xanflorp (@LXanflorp) July 8, 2019
Because she's not John Boehner and she's not going to let folks in safe seats on the far left drive the agenda for everyone else. She knows what she's gotta get done and she knows she can lose 4 votes and still make it happen.
— Corey Richardson (@vexedinthecity) July 8, 2019
Nancy Pelosi knows more about how things work in Washington than AOC and all other 1st term female Congress women combined. AOC, Omar & Tlaib think they know it all, we shall see.
— DoctorD (@Dcitizen911) July 8, 2019
Because she’s thinking strategically.
— conservative gal (@ConservatvGal70) July 8, 2019
Because she doesn't want to blow the 2020 elections.
— Quid Malmborg (@QMalmborg) July 8, 2019
My thoughts: Nancy’s brain says the farther the party is dragged left, the easier it becomes to lose elections. Young people don’t show up reliably. In order to pull in the most voters, she has to stay close to the center. That means these ladies cannot be the face of the party.
— Polysci Mom (@polyscimom) July 8, 2019
Because she knows better… pic.twitter.com/u6fn0fy119
— Dolores Childs (@Queensrain226) July 8, 2019
Because she is right and they do not represent most Democrats and are being pushed forward by the press. My new rep Antonio Delgado is working hard for his district and getting no press,
— Robyn (@robyn94995054) July 8, 2019
I don't know, maybe because Nancy is a senior official with real world experience and the people she's throwing "shade" at want their all or nothing agenda, like trump only on the left. They will help us lose the 2020 elections.
— El Caganer (@dgelcaganer10h) July 8, 2019
Because Pelosi knows that the radical shit AOC is spinning to her base a year from elections might be fun and games but once Dems have to stand on a stage and sell those crazy ideas to areas that aren't New York or California they will lose. Really simple actually.
— JS/07/M/378 (@wVV0_0VVw) July 8, 2019
Nancy has access to intel we don't have, like today's Epstein indictment. She's also big on bills she can actually pass. The youngsters don't have that same perspective and experience to play the longer game.
— Beer and Loathing (@mkentvl) July 8, 2019
Because letting the lunatics (and that’s being generous) run the asylum means democrats getting smoked in 2020. All those suburban moms who put democrats over the top in 2018 are not fans of crazytown.
— Nathan Fisher (@GonzoFilms) July 8, 2019
Someone has to keep the ignorant children in line.
— JToc (@JToc33) July 8, 2019
Um, maybe because like Bernie, AOC is not a Democrat. She does not represent the Democrat Party. Pelosi does…Sashay away…
— Seriously? (@MAC172375) July 8, 2019
Mostly because AOC is an idiot.
— It's Only A Milkshake ?♂️ (@JustGreggo) July 8, 2019
— Old Scratch (@gsulli) July 8, 2019
Because she is, at least, smart enough to see that these people are driving the Democratic Party off of a cliff. Any more stupid questions?
— Trump T Tracker (@trutrotra) July 8, 2019
Even Pelosi recognizes scum
— Ken in Arizona (@dayo1946) July 8, 2019
Pelosi calls out these arrogant, SM liars. They responded with the typical petulance of a teenager, “My mom is so mean to me just because I am bigger than the britches she afforded me!” *stomp *tweet *pout
— Susan Stafford (@Susan_4America) July 8, 2019
Even Pelosi knows cancer when she sees it.
— Rockatansky (@mondo_blanco) July 8, 2019
Because they are an embarrassment and their anti-American stance is ruining the party. Or was that actually rhetorical?
— Tim Ramsey (@TimRam1) July 8, 2019
Doesnt AOC throw shade at fellow democrats?
— Michael Turner (@Michael2Turner) July 8, 2019
All the time.
AOC is the fascist she says she hates.https://t.co/BnvDMPVnCx
— David James (@budish_ezra) July 8, 2019
The girl can't help it: AOC's latest clapback over Nancy Pelosi includes — what else? — a lie https://t.co/Jw3TDUjtYd
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 8, 2019