Nancy Pelosi Just Can’t Quit the Democratic Protection Racket

Apr 17, 2019 | Splinter

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is continuing her bizarre one-sided feud with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week, as Newsweek reported yesterdaythat she told a crowd at the London School of Economics on Monday night that a “glass of water” could have won Ocasio-Cortez’s district in the general election.

While it’s substantially more complicated than that—Ocasio-Cortez defeated one of the top Democrats in the leadership, Joe Crowley, on her way to an easy general election win—Pelosi is right that Ocasio-Cortez represents a district that isn’t in danger of being lost to the GOP any time soon. Pelosi’s district, which encompasses most of the city of San Fransisco, is like this, too, as she pointed out in the same speech. Ocasio-Cortez’s message, she noted, “works great in my district, I get over 80 percent in my district, these folks do as well, but that’s not where we have to win the election.” (Ocasio-Cortez’s office declined to comment to Newsweek.)