Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” said Tuesday that it is remarkable to watch House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a seasoned political veteran, being challenged by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a political novice who seems to have little appeal to voters outside New York.
“You have a woman who should have retired years ago, who is ruthless and power-mad, limousine liberal, versus among the dumbest members of Congress, but also the most powerful, which is stunning,” Sexton said.
Ocasio-Cortez, who has been accused of being a liability for moderate Democrats seeking election, has reportedly had an icy relationship at times with the speaker and seems to remember Pelosi’s remarks shortly after her surprising victory in her district against Joe Crowley.
Pelosi brushed off her win and pointed out these districts are solidly Democratic.
“This glass of water would win with a D next to its name in those districts,” she said, to help make her point. “And not to diminish the exuberance, and the personality, and the rest of Alexandria and the other members…but the 43 districts—we won 43, net gain of 40—were right down the middle.”
Pelosi’s remarks were picked up by a number of media outlets that tried to portray AOC’s win like the moon landing. But the New York Democrat has been blamed by her colleagues for recent losses, and say progressive policies, like Defund the Police, don’t play out nationally like they do in New York.
Sexton said ultimately Pelosi and AOC are not that far apart on these policies, only how to deliver them for public consumption.
Pelosi “is supposed to be part of this old guard of Democrats, along with Joe Biden, who makes the promise implicit and explicit to the American people that, ‘Don’t worry, we’re not as crazy as those Socialists cut. We’ve got control over the people within our party, the AOC wing, the Squad and Bernie Sanders,’”
Sexton said Pelosi has to figure out how to keep the party’s radical base happy without scaring much of the American public and proving to us that we were swindled in this election and “good-old, blue-collar Joe” is not just a figurehead.
“Democrats are just trying to figure out how they sell a vision of the future to the American people, that isn’t scary,” Sexton said. “But in the long term, they want to do the same things that AOC and the socialist left wants. So it’s not that Nancy Pelosi is some big ideological objection to the kinds of socialism that are being pushed here.”