New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing Democrats to a place of political peril.
It’s setting up for a fight Democrats cannot win and could cost them everything.
And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez forced every Democrat to face the day they really feared.
Democrats look at the $1.75 trillion-dollar socialist spending bill as their last big chance to enact the cornerstones of their far-left agenda.
That’s because Democrats are using the reconciliation process in the Senate to avoid a GOP filibuster.
But because Chuck Schumer triggered the reconciliation process to ram this bill through the Senate, every provision in the socialist bill must have a significant impact on the budget.
That’s why on two previous occasions Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth McDonough ruled against the Democrats attempts to cram amnesty for millions of illegal aliens into the socialist spending bill.
But leftists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are not ready to concede defeat
Ocasio-Cortez knows amnesty is the best chance to tilt the 2024 – and all future elections – in the Democrats favor by gifting themselves tens of millions of new voters by granting illegal aliens citizenship.
At a rally to demand amnesty, Ocasio-Cortez demanded Senate Democrats vote to overrule the Senate parliamentarian and included amnesty for millions of illegal aliens in the $1.75 trillion-dollar socialist spending package.
“The Senate needs to step up, override the parliamentarian, okay. The parliamentarian is not elected. It is not an elected position and the parliamentarian has been overridden and dismissed in the past,” Ocasio-Cortez raged.
“We will not surrender our power to an unelected parliamentarian,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “Our demand is for the Senate to override the parliamentarian, include a full path to citizenship, and send it back to the House.”
This is not a fight Democrats want.
Donald Trump won the 2016 election and made major inroads with Hispanic voters in the 2020 election by hammering Democrats over the party’s support for amnesty and open borders.
Not only is the fight bad politics for Democrats heading into 2022 – polls show Americans give Joe Biden his lowest approval numbers on the issue of immigration – it builds up expectations in the Democrat base over a vote liberals are doomed to lose.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is among the many Democrats that will not vote to overturn the parliamentarian.
Ocasio-Cortez pushing for a doomed amnesty vote will only serve to depress the Democrat Party base when the Senate votes to uphold the parliamentarian’s ruling.
Even the slightest bit of drop off in turnout next year could spell doom for Democrat.
However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opened a new path for Ocasio-Cortez to win her amnesty fight.
McConnell created a new carve out to gut the filibuster to allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes.
Now that McConnell set the precedent that the Senate can waive the filibuster on an issue-by-issue basis Ocasio-Cortez and her allies will seize on this political gift to pressure Manchin and other Senate Democrats to make amnesty the next filibuster carve out.
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