Twitter has revolutionized political conversation in a way that not everyone thinks is a good thing.

Write this down, I'm referring to a Fox News story.

Claire McCaskill and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been in a tweet war.

McCaskill, is an outgoing member of congress from Missouri who has referred to Ocasio-Cortez as a "Shiny Object" and a "Thing".  She calls the incoming congresswoman's talk, cheap rhetoric.  That cheap rhetoric includes criticism of the Missourian of "pretty much going along with all of Trump's immigration policies" and losing while almost all progressive agendas in Missouri passed.

Is the new congresswoman just a shiny new thing?  Real progressives hope not.  More moderate Democrats think that espousing a truly progressive agenda is a path to failure for the party.  The rabid left think that the party is dead without a shift back to the left.  Moderate Democrats have expressed the hope that by being moderates they will be able to meet more moderate Republicans in the middle.  The "pure" progressives think that the Democratic moderates are already in conservative territory.  The new congress, thanks to Democratic wins in the mid-term elections, will look much more like the country with more women, Muslims, Native Americans and other out-of-power groups.

The progressives have a lot of work to do.  McCaskill has said that GOP members of Congress are sick of Trump.  Ocasio-Cortez asks why they haven't done anything about him if they're so sick.

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Comment by Rodney Roe on December 30, 2018 at 8:10am
Ocasio-Cortez has described herself as a Democratic Socialist which for those on the right has painted her into the pinko fringe. She ran as a Democrat, not an Independent, so she is a voice for the party, not just someone caucusing with the party. I'm not sure that makes any difference in Congress. Those on the right seem to think of Democrats as all part of the Pinko Fringe.
Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on December 30, 2018 at 8:17am

Claire McCaskill is "moderate" in the same sense as Trump is a "moderate".  Both are "moderate" Republicans, the only difference is one admits it and the other doesn't.  

McCaskill is simply doing her "Bitter Hillary"  imitation because, once again, she backed the wrong horse in the race and put her saddle on an elephant instead of a donkey.

I did like the response from Ocasio-Cortez though:

"McCaskill promised she’d '100% back Trump up' on his anti-immigrant rhetoric & lost.  In MO, almost all progressive ballot issues won."

Comment by Robert B. James on December 30, 2018 at 8:33am

More than that...she took out a heavy hitter in the primary. Also..trees grow near where she is from, which is close enough to Hell’s Kitchen. Since it’s movie time for me no that I’m not driving...try sleepers to get a grip on team work. O-C is not going to get Breitbarted out like the Weiner, who was the best thing on the house floor before getting schooled. 

American Fascists are scared. Weiner’s wiener was exposed...but Breitbart is dead as a door knob. Do we have a decent healthcare system yet? Wiener was the best voice for health care on the house floor...hence he had to fall hard. 

This is a new planet ...climbing out of the rectum of a past that was never great, or even good...or sustainable  long before conquest. It starts with her...young and brown and green as a twig. We can protect her, as she grows into her job...or we can watch them pound her to pulp. I’m up in the hills, watching the kids try and do better than the Fascists they are replacing. This is war. I know one when I see one.

Comment by Maui Surfer on December 30, 2018 at 8:35am

McCaskill is a dinosaur, and like those a hundred plus million years ago she is toast. People like her and Mansion are a disgrace to the party of working people, but, they kiss Repuke ass to attempt to hold on to power in their Hick States full of credulous fools. Stick a fork in the old hag, she's done.

Ocasio-Cortez is everything the world needs, may she have much success as early as possible in just a couple days now.

"I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat."    Will Rogers

Comment by koshersalaami on December 30, 2018 at 9:07am

Personally, I think that espousing a truly moderate agenda is a path to failure for the party. That’s pretty much why Hillary lost. 

Comment by Maui Surfer on December 30, 2018 at 10:30am

Kosh- lets be clear though, Hillary didn't lose, the KGB and Trump colluded to specifically target racists and misogynists in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan (home of the Militias), did it all with the Traitor Zuckerberg's help for a few talons of silver, and still lost the popular by 3 million. That said, I agree, it is time to eject the Dem Establishment due to their bonding up with Wall Street and the corporate wankers, but, while we need a new beginning for our children, WE DID NOT LOSE AN ELECTION- the last was selected not elected, and lost the popular, this one was engineered by Russian Nuclear Scientists who understand the Internet better than 99.999 % of AmeriKKKans ever will. They have an agreement with Putin, he allows them to launder money and steal IDs, they do his bidding whenever he comes a calling.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 30, 2018 at 10:53am

"Is the new congresswoman just a shiny new thing? "

Obviously much too soon to tell. But what can be said with some degree of certainty is that voters in her district wanted a shiny new thing, rather than a dull, old thing, even though by most accounts effective, he was a pretty effective long-term Congressman.

Keep in mind, Ocasio-Cortez wasn't the only shiny, new object to win in the 2018 mid-terms. My conclusion? Progressive voters seem inclined to choose people who reflect not only their political views, but their cultural, racial and physical make-up as well, and it strikes me that will become the case with more than just Progressives.

A side by side picture comparing Republican Congressmen and Democratic Congresspersons tells the story; it is the proverbial picture worth a thousand words. I suspect 2020 will not be a good time to be an old white male running for national political office of any kind.

It would be easy to dismiss the results as the Left version of the Tea Party, but I suspect there's more at work here than that, starting with the fact that demographics are starting to overwhelm voter suppression, and the chickens are coming home to roost for the Reptilian Party.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 30, 2018 at 11:59am
Amy, thanks. I did O-C a disservice by not copying her tweet verbatim.
Tom, McCaskill bemoaned the fact that the "experienced" congressman was beaten by the "shiny object". One thing is sure, Ocasio-Cortez will be hard to shut up.
I, too, hated Anthony Wiener's ouster. He could make a speech!

I'm one of those who have maintained that it is impossible to be socially progressive and fiscally conservative. Once you've pinched all of the pennies there is nothing left for social programs, often times.

Bill and Hillary took the bait on that one. It was easy to believe at the time. The embarrassing defeat of George McGovern was still fresh in everyone's mind. The Democrats were in a what do we do now mode.
Comment by koshersalaami on December 30, 2018 at 7:07pm

I don’t think socially progressive and fiscally conservative are at all mutually exclusive. It just depends on where the money comes from and how it gets there. We are taxing less and less where the money is. As wages don’t increase, neither does business in general. If average people had more disposable income, demand would create jobs, customers, and taxpayers. There are a few ways to balance a budget. Cutting spending, which is a problem because it also cuts government income so we don’t save everything we cut, raising taxes (on some populations), and growing the tax base. 

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 30, 2018 at 8:30pm

"I'm one of those who have maintained that it is impossible to be socially progressive and fiscally conservative"

In my view, that's a classic false dichotomy. I've observed here repeatedly that two icons of Conservatism, Thomas Hobbes and Adam Smith both argued that the only legitimate purpose of government is the promotion of the Commonweal. Same goes for the Founders, many of whom were quite fiscally conservative; despite that, they signed on to the Constitution, which stated clearly the two primary purposes for the government – providing for the common defense and promoting the general welfare. And if universal healthcare doesn't qualify as general welfare, pray tell, what does?

Unfortunately, most of today's so-called conservatives aree willing to spend recklessly on defense, but they don't want to spend a nickel on the general welfare. That these folks think it's acceptable to leave millions of American families vulnerable and one major illness away from bankruptcy is not only not conservative, it's patently absurd. It's not only immoral and cruel – it's stupid, a classic example of penny-wise and pound-foolish.


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