Some would say that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) never really took Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her fellow Squad members very seriously.
She pacified them at times, which cannot be denied, but she also publicly rebuked them and openly dismissed many of the narratives they pushed.
Author Ryan Grim’s new book, "The Squad: AOC and the Hope of a Political Revolution," offers some insight into how Pelosi's past and present impacted AOC both professionally and personally.
Blame It on Nancy
AOC is a drama queen… that cannot be denied. She lives more for social media hits than legislating, and she cannot help being overly dramatic about every aspect of her life.
Perhaps that is why Pelosi never really appeared to take her seriously, something that changed in the party after Pelosi stepped down from her leadership role.
On this, AOC stated, "I thought things would get worse. I thought a lot of my misery was due to leadership more broadly having a thing against me. But … my life has completely transformed. It's crazy. And it's that that made me realize it was kind of just [Pelosi] the whole time.
"Senior members talk to me, [committee] chairs are nice to me, people want to work together. I'm shocked. I couldn't even get floor time before."
Since Pelosi has stepped down, there is no questioning that Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) has allowed the progressive wing of the party to have more influence, giving them a much wider birth.
For instance, as much as we all dislike Pelosi’s politics, it is hard to imagine her allowing the statements made by the likes of Reps. Jayapal, Tlaib, and Omar regarding Israel and Hamas go without some type of discipline.
Jeffries is coddling them instead, this new generation of thin-skinned politicos that want to spit venom, then hide when that same venom comes back at them.