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This is an interesting case of Democrat infighting. Media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a program to raise funds for challengers to her Democrat incumbent colleagues. Normally, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee asks incumbents to contribute campaign funds for general campaigning on behalf of incumbents. Miss AOC is refusing to contribute those funds to the party and instead is helping fund campaigns by those candidates she deems more worthy. Interesting, very interesting.

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  1. Arahant Member

    RushBabe49: Interesting, very interesting

    McCain isn’t the only one who frags his own.

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    • January 10, 2020, at 12:35 PM PST
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  2. Samuel Block Member

    I like what you to Alexandria Two-Names’ title!

    • #2
    • January 10, 2020, at 1:18 PM PST
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  3. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Arahant (View Comment):

    RushBabe49: Interesting, very interesting

    McCain isn’t the only one who frags his own.

    The difference is with McCain it was always personal, he had no overriding philosophy. For AOC it is strictly ideology.

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    • January 10, 2020, at 1:27 PM PST
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  4. philo Member

    You go poking around for this sort of thing and you are going to find a whole lot of similar contribution records that may be uncomfortably close to home. (Hint: It is no accident that there are always a workable number of squishy, swing-able votes in the Senate when they are “needed.”)

    • #4
    • January 10, 2020, at 2:21 PM PST
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  5. Old Bathos Member

    Bold move. She clearly believes she’s the future of the party and that the establishment can’t touch her. Not voting with the Party on floor votes is bad but a newbie messing with campaign money and funding challenges to incumbents is anathema. Let the blood-letting begin!

    • #5
    • January 10, 2020, at 2:26 PM PST
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  6. Zafar Member

    Didn’t the Tea Party do something like this?

    • #6
    • January 10, 2020, at 2:59 PM PST
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  7. Arahant Member

    Zafar (View Comment):

    Didn’t the Tea Party do something like this?

    Yes, but the Tea Party was a separate movement pre-saging Trump, as opposed to a Freshman Congresscritter.

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    • January 10, 2020, at 3:01 PM PST
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  8. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m not sure this benefits Republicans. It means Democrats are likely to become more radical than they already are. And I wouldn’t bet that radical statism makes them any less popular in the main elections. 

    We are nearing a point where Democrats don’t need voters to like them or even to dislike Republicans more. With career-ending accusations like “homophobia”, organized harrassment via social media, and violent mobs like the Orwellian-named Antifa, being publicly identified as a Republican voter can have threatening consequences. Fear of not belonging to the reigning party can become an election strategy if left unchecked. 

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    • January 10, 2020, at 3:02 PM PST
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  9. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Miss AOC, the ex-bartender, may soon return to her career. 

    She is at 18% approval in her district last I heard.

    Her “chief of staff,” the one with the Che tee shirt has left already,

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    • January 10, 2020, at 3:08 PM PST
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  10. Stad Thatcher

    They are starting to eat their own . . .

    • #10
    • January 10, 2020, at 3:24 PM PST
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  11. Manny Member

    This is a beautiful thing! The more power Occasional-Cortex gathers, the more advantage Republicans will have. 

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    • January 10, 2020, at 3:28 PM PST
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  12. Sweezle Member

    AOC is irrelevant to politics. She’ll take her cute, perky, ignorant self to a media career at MSNBC soon enough.

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    • January 10, 2020, at 4:05 PM PST
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  13. Samuel Block Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    They are starting to eat their own . . .

    Taste the rainbow…

    • #13
    • January 10, 2020, at 4:22 PM PST
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  14. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    This is exactly what conservative members of Congress, both chambers, should be doing. No money for the self-serving Congressional parties to use to keep their current crew in leadership. Every dollar to actually advance the things voters sent that conservative to Congress to accomplish.

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    • January 10, 2020, at 4:48 PM PST
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  15. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Stad (View Comment):

    They are starting to eat their own . . .

    Not quite. This is real leftists getting serious about replacing the old grifters.

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    • January 10, 2020, at 4:50 PM PST
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  16. JennaStocker Member

    Sounds like a hostile takeover. It will be interesting to see how the ongoing power struggle between the new generation – the Squad – and Nancy Pelosi plays out. But it could just be “new boss same as the old boss…”

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    • January 10, 2020, at 10:03 PM PST
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  17. Larry3435 Member

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):
    And I wouldn’t bet that radical statism makes them any less popular in the main elections. 

    If it doesn’t, then we’re already doomed.

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    • January 11, 2020, at 5:38 AM PST
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  18. Stad Thatcher

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    They are starting to eat their own . . .

    Not quite. This is real leftists getting serious about replacing the old grifters.

    You should add “. . . with new grifters.”

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    • January 11, 2020, at 5:54 AM PST
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  19. Samuel Block Member

    Larry3435 (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):
    And I wouldn’t bet that radical statism makes them any less popular in the main elections.

    If it doesn’t, then we’re already doomed.

    We’re in trouble, that’s for sure. Radical statism probably isn’t the thing that will continue to turn off young people – not to say they’re becoming Republican anytime soon, but I’d bet they won’t really show up to vote.

    If I’m right, it’s gonna be because some of these kids have had people try to sell them on the transgender fad, or teachers that wanted to inject gay history into, you know, history-history. One of the most noteworthy facts is that if you could show me a single entertaining liberal/progressive YouTube channel I can show 15 that make fun of the left. Then there’s South Park and Rick and Morty. Or to include current events, there was that nuke Ricky Gervais dropped on those tragically, yet hilariously, out-of-touch celebrities.

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    • January 11, 2020, at 7:12 AM PST
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  20. Phil Turmel Coolidge

    While I can’t imagine crediting her with good sense, it’s definitely wise from her apparent ideological perspective. Good advisors, maybe.

    Meanwhile, I heartily approve of dissension in the ranks of my opponents.

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    • January 11, 2020, at 7:37 AM PST
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  21. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    I, too, would like to donate to the causes I choose, and not to ones I don’t. Welcome to the club, @AOC

    https://twitter.com/molratty/status/1216034249318551557

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    • January 11, 2020, at 8:52 AM PST
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  22. HerrForce1 Member
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    Collin Anderson at the Free Beacon tweeted earlier,

    Ah, so there’s an organization that advocates for you and your co-workers, but you don’t agree with their political spending, so you don’t want to pay dues to that organization. Sound familiar?

    Apt point, likely lost on or ignored by AOC’s ideology. Reminds me of the heady days of 2011-12 when I no longer had to shovel cash into my Wisconsin teacher’s union coffers. 

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    • January 11, 2020, at 9:13 AM PST
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  23. Samuel Block Member

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    I, too, would like to donate to the causes I choose, and not to ones I don’t. Welcome to the club, @AOC

    https://twitter.com/molratty/status/1216034249318551557

    But, like, for seriously…. she really wants to! It’s something she’s super-passionate about.

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    • January 11, 2020, at 9:16 AM PST
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  24. philo Member

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    I, too, would like to donate to the causes I choose, and not to ones I don’t. Welcome to the club, @AOC

    https://twitter.com/molratty/status/1216034249318551557

    To All,

    I do not fundamentally disagree with sentiments like this but I wonder if that changes when a powerful member of Congress can command large (corporate) contributions in return for passage of preferred / preferential legislation and thusly amass a comparatively huge campaign war chest that allows him to reach out to distant states / districts to distort / pervert the balance of funding within the confines of that very localized election.

    Just askin’.

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    • January 11, 2020, at 9:32 AM PST
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  25. I Walton Member

    Manny (View Comment):

    This is a beautiful thing! The more power Occasional-Cortex gathers, the more advantage Republicans will have.

    Advantage in the next election but the far left plays long term, that’s why they usually eventually win. We have to focus on the post trump election.

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    • January 11, 2020, at 10:56 AM PST
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  26. Samuel Block Member

    So, like I said. Here’s where we’re really winning. 

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    • January 11, 2020, at 11:10 AM PST
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  27. Skyler Coolidge

    Manny (View Comment):

    This is a beautiful thing! The more power Occasional-Cortex gathers, the more advantage Republicans will have.

    I’m not so sure that a communist having so much power and financing to dominate the House of Representatives is at all beautiful. There are vastly different descriptors I would choose. 

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    • January 11, 2020, at 12:14 PM PST
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  28. Al Sparks Thatcher

    philo (View Comment):

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    I, too, would like to donate to the causes I choose, and not to ones I don’t. Welcome to the club, @AOC

    https://twitter.com/molratty/status/1216034249318551557

    To All,

    I do not fundamentally disagree with sentiments like this but I wonder if that changes when a powerful member of Congress can command large (corporate) contributions in return for passage of preferred / preferential legislation and thusly amass a comparatively huge campaign war chest that allows him to reach out to distant states / districts to distort / pervert the balance of funding within the confines of that very localized election.

    Just askin’.

    The present campaign finance rules encourage this sort of thing, and actually has been around for quite awhile. One reason Nancy Pelosi is where she is at, is her past (and present?) fund raising prowess, and of course her constituency is a wealthy one in San Francisco.

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    • January 11, 2020, at 2:21 PM PST
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  29. Al Sparks Thatcher

    I was mentioned before in one of the comments, but I thought I’d highlight the irony that there is some fundraising going on to primary AOC.

    • #29
    • January 11, 2020, at 2:23 PM PST
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  30. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Stad (View Comment):

    They are starting to eat their own . . .

    I know it’s not a proper conservative position, but I think it’s time for fork subsidies. 

    • #30
    • January 11, 2020, at 6:02 PM PST
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