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New York socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), like many of the nation’s leftist progressives, has long lamented the “undemocratic” nature of the U.S. Senate.
These folks lament that states like Wyoming and Idaho have the same representation in the Senate as New York and California, but they repeatedly fail to understand that the purpose of the Senate is not to be a representation of the people but of the states. It’s the House that represents the people.
Even the left’s judicial nominees can’t seem to get this straight — just look at Dale Ho, President Joe Biden’s pick for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He went to so far as to call the U.S. Senate not merely undemocratic but “anti-democratic.” An interesting take from a guy looking to land a lifetime job in the third, co-equal branch of government that doesn’t get voted on by the people — or the people’s House.
But back to AOC.
After West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin sounded the death knell for Biden’s Build Back Better boondoggle this year, AOC complained — erroneously — that it wasn’t fair for Manchin’s vote to have so much power since her congressional district has as at least as many people as the whole Mountain State. It doesn’t, but AOC didn’t let that stand in her way. She went on to call it a “farce in terms of plain democracy.”
Then she blasted the institution of the Senate itself.
“It is unconscionable the way the Senate operates. It’s fundamentally undemocratic,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “What we really need to do is crack down on the Senate, which operates like an old boys’ club that has a couple of gals in it that have managed to break through.”
So the Journal’s editorial board offered a suggestion to AOC in a Wednesday editorial: “Run, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Run.”
“If that’s how she really feels, here’s an idea: Run against Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer next year,” the paper urged. “The New York City Congresswoman has played coy for a year on a potential Democratic primary run. Why not finally drop the pretense and have the courage of her loud convictions?”
The idea might cause fear in the hearts of normal Americans, the Journal noted, but how would anyone be able to tell there had been a change? AOC has been forcing Schumer’s hand all along anyway:
Some might shudder at the prospect, but what difference would it make it this point? In January we wrote an editorial, “Schumer and His Shadow,” as the powerful Senator seemed to mimic every demand from AOC. He’s echoed her plan to forgive student loans and adopted more or less the entire progressive agenda. He supports blowing up the filibuster rule as does AOC. And he did it again Monday in calling for a Senate floor vote on Build Back Better as Ms. Ocasio-Cortez commanded.
She’s already the shadow Majority Leader, so she might as well try and make it official. If the Senate is so awful, run to win and clean it up.
The good news if AOC runs — for both Schumer and the country: Should Schumer win, no more AOC in Congress.