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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 12:59 PM

Why did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decline Nancy Pelosi's invitation to join the Climate Crisis panel?

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Reply Why did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decline Nancy Pelosi's invitation to join the Climate Crisis panel? (Original post)
Towlie Feb 2019 OP
redstatebluegirl Feb 2019 #1
Fresh_Start Feb 2019 #2
frazzled Feb 2019 #4
Fresh_Start Feb 2019 #5
dansolo Feb 2019 #9
comradebillyboy Feb 2019 #3
EffieBlack Feb 2019 #6
marylandblue Feb 2019 #7
bigtree Feb 2019 #8

Response to Towlie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:00 PM

1. I like AOC but I wonder what she is thinking.

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Response to Towlie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:02 PM

2. She said approximately that she felt should couldn't give it adequate attention

given her other committee assignments.

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Response to Fresh_Start (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:17 PM

4. How can the matter of her signature program not receive her attention?

The Green New Deal is her baby. Why wouldn't she want to sit on the committee involved with its subject? Perhaps because she kind of knows it is just a show pony, and she doesn't want to be involved in a failure? As long as it remains only a proposal, she doesn't have to take any responsibility for the work involved in trying to get it passed, or the prospect of failure.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:20 PM

5. I don't assume the worst

she has a couple of plum committee assignments where I know she will have an impact

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Response to frazzled (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:47 PM

9. So she can sit on the sidelines and criticize

I don't find her explanation very convincing.

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Response to Towlie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:07 PM

3. I suspect Pelosi and AOC came to an amicable agreement

a week or two ago about committee assignments. AOC may be more of a team player than I had initially expected.

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Response to Towlie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:22 PM

6. She said it was because she had already accepted other committee assignments and believed she

couldn't give it or her other committee work appropriate time and attention.

That makes perfect sense. Committee work is grueling and time-consuming. I think it's smart of her not to overextend herself, especially since she doesn't have to be on the committee to support and work for its goals.

You see a problem with that?

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Response to Towlie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:34 PM

7. Not a dig, but she seems more of a marketer than a policy wonk

She wants to promote the Green New Deal, but leave the details up to others. Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses.

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Response to Towlie (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 01:41 PM

8. you could speculate outside of her response

...that she didn't want to be directly associated with the compromises the panel selected might eventually make on her vision of the New Deal.

After all, she didn't pick the structure of the committee, the Speaker did, notably apart from what AOC wanted. Maybe she just wants distance from all of that in order to maintain the integrity of her proposal as she represents it.

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