You've seen it happen—a team decides on a youth movement and the results are bad. The knee-jerk fan reaction is "bring back the veterans!" Luckily, fans aren't on the coaching roster.
Welcome to amateur hour. (Insert theme music here.)
Tonight’s contestants include Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
We’ll start with Tlaib who first rose to fame on January 3 with her suggestion that her party was now going to impeach the ****e* *u****, an obvious(?) reference to Donald Trump. (Too many asterisks? Amateur Hour is a family show.)
Tlaib followed that opening salvo with a non-apology apology, claiming that she could have used a better selection of words, but that her intent remained the same.
A vote for Tlaib is a vote for more use of asterisks.
Second is the irrepressible Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose latest gaffe was a retraction of one of the documents tied to the “Green New Deal,” an elaborate plan to combat climate change that has been endorsed by every breathing Democrat, and probably a good number of deceased ones.
This follows her January 2 tweet opposing Nancy Pelosi on a pay agreement the speaker had bargained. That, of course, occurred before Pelosi neutered the president on national television and won (back) the hearts of Democrats. Lesson learned.
A vote for Ocasio-Cortez is a vote for more use of dashes.
Finally, there’s Ilhan Omar who issued an actual apology for anti-Semitic tweets made earlier. In them she suggested that the GOP was funded by a pro-Israeli group and rich Jewish donors. The stereotyping was hard to miss. Omar then issued the following statement: "We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize."
And Trump, anti-Semite/racist/Islamophobe-in-Chief, has called upon her to resign. Is there any more proof needed that she should keep at it?
A vote for Omar annoys the president.
Four newbies in Congress, making noise and making mistakes. What’s a Democrat to do?
Nothing. Nothing at all.
Let these three have at it. Let them make more mistakes. And let them be corrected and disciplined when they need it. They’re new, but they’re not stupid—they’re smart women who will learn quickly what works and what doesn’t, provided they aren’t shackled by a sometimes moribund Democratic party which already lost an unlosable election three years ago.
What’s a Democrat to do? Nothing at all.
Remember, much of the criticism is coming from Republicans who are obviously frightened of the potential of these three and many others. Although the president may be historically challenged, his party isn’t: they know history. They know how youth, when mobilized, can alter the direction of a country.
I expect I will roll my eyes several times in the future when Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issue some controversial tweet. But it’s better than eyes staring off into space or looking backwards—something at which we Democrats have grown frighteningly adept.