“I don’t see any upside to bringing Ocasio-Cortez in.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., bragged on Tuesday that if she got “up close” with Kentucky coal miners, they would find her politically irresistible.
The freshman congresswoman suggested in a tweet that her Republican colleagues from the state were backing out of an invitation for her to visit a local coal mine because they’re “scared” of her seductive powers. According to this theory, the miners would apparently be instantly converted to socialized healthcare if they were to share a shaft with her.
GOP’s getting scared that up close, their constituents will realize I’m fighting harder for their healthcare than their own Reps ? https://t.co/TVSafpJWEd
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 16, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter-taunt was the latest act in a political theater performance that long ago ran overtime. The show started last month when Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., invited Ocasio-Cortez to “go underground” into a Kentucky coal mine so that he could show her the “real life implications” of the Green New Deal. Barr made the offer on the Senate floor ahead of a sometimes circus-like vote on her sweeping environmental plan, which ultimately garnered exactly zero “yeas.”
At the time, Ocasio-Cortez replied that she would be “happy” to take Barr’s tour.
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However, Barr on Friday sent a letter to Ocasio-Cortez informing her that the invitation was now conditional on her apologizing to Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas. Barr was offended that a day earlier, Ocasio-Cortez had attacked Crenshaw for criticizing a seemingly dismissive comment about the Sept. 11 attacks by her Muslim friend and colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office subsequently made clear that an apology would not be forthcoming, so the mine tour seemed to be canceled.
And yet, another member of Kentucky’s congressional delegation, Rep. James Comer, felt the need to weigh in on the non-event during an appearance Monday on a local political talk show.
“I don’t see any upside to bringing Ocasio-Cortez in,” Comer offered. “I think she’s pretty set in her ways.”
An excerpt of that comment was then tweeted out Tuesday by a local reporter, provoking Ocasio-Cortez’s boastful response.
While Kentuckians have lately warmed somewhat to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the kind of “Medicare for all” plan that Ocasio-Cortez advocates would require a massive tax increase that would doubtless be rejected by the American public. Ocasio-Cortez would anyway be an unlikely evangelist for such a policy: As moderates and conservatives have learned more about her, her approval rating has plummeted.
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