The Democratic party leadership is clearly in need to take back the spotlight which they’ve had to relinquish, unwillingly, to younger, fresher, members of congress in these past few months. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a subtle swipe to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during an interview with USA Today, even though she never mentioned the Brooklyn congresswoman by name.
Ms Pelosi said what’s important is not the social media focus but rather ‘that we have a large number of votes on the floor,’ immediately referring to the great number of both twitter and Instagram followers that show up daily to hear what AOC is saying. Her comments come only a few days after former President Barack Obama also warned, during a speech in Berlin, that his party could be swinging too far left.
Ms Pelosi copied Mr Obama’s earlier comments, claiming that the party should steer back to the centre. She stated: ‘I’m a progressive from San Francisco. I think I can have some credentials on the left, as a person who has represented a very liberal city. But you have to govern mainstream.’
‘As I say to my own district, “You go out and elect 218 people, just like San Francisco, then we can talk.'”
Miss Ocasio-Cortez has 3.87 million Twitter followers, while Ms Pelosi has 2.42 million. In terms of media coverage and attention by young Democrats, it is clear that AOC has overtaken her. The more senior Democrats however, are not willing to give up the spotlight just yet.
AOC however stated she has no intention of slowing down, tweeting: ‘As much as the right wants to distort & deflect, I am from the Bronx,’ she tweeted last week. ‘I act & talk like it, *especially* when I’m fired up and especially when I’m home.’