High-profile progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that Joe Biden got played by Sen. Joe Manchin on the White House’s Build Back Better agenda and the president’s nostalgia for backroom dealmaking could sink Democrats in the midterms.
“I have the utmost respect and confidence in the president, but I just felt like we called two different plays on this one,” Ocasio-Cortez told New York Magazine. “I think that there is a sense among more senior members of Congress, who have been around in different political times, that we can get back to this time of buddy-buddy and backslapping and we’ll cut a deal and go into a room with some bourbon and some smoke and you’ll come out and work something out. I think there’s a real nostalgia and belief that that time still exists or that we can get back to that.”
Those days are long gone, AOC said, and the only way Democrats can maintain control of the House is to do the things that will fire up young voters “who are feeling that they worked overtime to get this president elected and aren’t necessarily being seen.”