I swear, Alexandria Occasional Cortex is the gift that keeps on giving – to Republicans. Now Democrat Carolyn Maloney has piled on to the list of Democrats denouncing Occasional Cortex’s aggressive economic illiteracy. Excerpt:
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) on Friday night slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y) for her opposition to Amazon headquarters coming to New York City, saying that she was “disappointed” at people protesting jobs in her district.
Maloney, who has been representing the 12th Congressional District since 2013, appeared on CNN’s “OutFront” to discuss Amazon’s decision to cancel its plan to build a headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, which is part of her district. Host Erin Burnett read Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet celebrating the decision and asked if she shared her sentiment.
“My constituents want jobs,” Maloney said.
“This was 25,000 jobs,” said Burnett, prompting Maloney to say this was a “minimum” amount of jobs.
“It would have been many, many more; 25,00 jobs at $150,000 minimum for the job,” Maloney said. “There were promises for a new school, and as a former teacher, I was intrigued with their plans to have a curriculum in 30 different schools supported by Amazon on high tech. We should be really diversifying our base of taxes, our base of businesses. We are too dependent on financial services.”
“It used to be that we would protest wars. Now we are protesting jobs? People are complaining about jobs coming to your [city] … If this had gone through, it would have made overnight New York City the high-tech capital of the east coast, the most important job center for tech jobs.”
Now the Democrats are nothing if not disciplined; it’s rare to see this kind of autophagia among the ranks of their elected officials, at least. Non-elected activists all over the political spectrum slash and snap at “their own” all the time, but elected Democrats are normally pretty disciplined.
Not Occasional Cortex. The girl just doesn’t seem to have any filter between mouth and brain, much less any actual knowledge of economics or the ins and outs of job creation. And every time she releases another verbal outburst, she has to have elected Republicans chortling gleefully even as he horrifies her own side.
Watch in 2020: I’m guessing she’ll face a primary challenge by some older, better prepared and more disciplined Democrat.