The rivalry between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi and her leadership allies reached an inflection point.
And the victor was not who anyone expected.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scored a win that means Nancy Pelosi’s time is running out.
After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got elected to Congress by defeating the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, the party establishment moved to choke off primary challengers to sitting lawmakers.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it would blacklist any consultant from working with the national committee.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fought this policy for two years.
And in an act of unconditional surrender by Pelosi and the party establishment, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman New York Congressman Sean Maloney announced the blacklist would come to an end.
House Democrats’ campaign arm is officially ending its controversial ban on political consultants who work with candidates challenging sitting Democratic incumbents in primaries, clinching a major victory for progressives.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), the newly installed chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, officially reversed the policy on Tuesday morning.
Maloney’s reversal came weeks after the New York Democrat hinted that he was ready to throw in the towel in the fight over the blacklist.
“No one should be looking for work around here if they want to go after one of our members at the same time,” Maloney said in an interview with POLITICO in February. “But I don’t think the blanket ban ever made sense. And we’re gonna replace it with a new approach.”
Socialists in the Democrat Party celebrated.
“It’s an enormous win,” Ocasio-Cortez declared.
“The escalation and aggression against the progressive wing of the party with an explicit forward-facing ‘blacklist’ created a lot of dissuasion against candidates even considering grassroots organizing firms,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
But this may be a case of short-term gain for long-term pain.
Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal about the fact that Democrats that dissent from the far-left line should face a primary challenge.
Democrats backing off the blacklist for consultants is a sign that far-left primary challengers have an open invitation to run against incumbent Democrats.
In Congress right now, Democrats are pushing an agenda that includes creating a national gun registration database, amnesty for at least 11,000,000 illegal aliens, putting 59,000,000 Americans out of work by ending freelancing, gutting voter ID laws, imposing universal mail-in voting and ballot harvesting.
Democrats in swing districts felt pressured to back these radical bills because they don’t want an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-style primary challenger running against them.
In the end, vulnerable Democrats will take tough votes in favor of socialist wish list items because it will allow them to avoid a primary challenge.
However, the price of skirting a primary challenge is casting votes that place you out of step with your constituents.
And with Republicans only needing to flip five seats to reclaim a majority in the House, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushing the Democrat caucus to the left, it could cost Nancy Pelosi her speakership.
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