With apologies to Harold Arlen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a plaintive tweet Monday that calls to mind the message in his greatest hit “Over the Rainbow.” Except in Ocasio-Cortez’s case, the elusive bluebird is outgoing House Speaker and veteran congressman Paul Ryan, with whom she perceives a curious kinship and harbors a bitter envy.
What does Ocasio-Cortez have in common with Ryan? Both won their House seats at age 28, Ryan in 1988, she this year. But somehow, despite the fact Ryan has amassed twenty years of government service to her none, Ocasio-Cortez thinks that there is a “double standard” in the way he is treated vs. the way she is treated.
Double standards are Paul Ryan being elected at 28 and immediately being given the benefit of his ill-considered policies considered genius; and me winning a primary at 28 to immediately be treated with suspicion & scrutinized, down to my clothing, of being a fraud. https://t.co/KipcyHaaAb
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 10, 2018
Maybe if she’s really interested in comparing apples and apples, she could do a little research and see whether his treatment and the way he comported himself during his first days in Congress were all that different from hers. Of course that would require going beyond Twitter (aka her comfort zone).
Naturally, her latest grumbling provided plenty of ammunition to her detractors, many of whom homed in on the intellectual comparison between her and Ryan:
To be fair, he knew how many branches of government there were and what they were.
— Mathew Carson (@MathewCarson11) December 11, 2018
Maybe because he was really smart and knew policy, and age had nothing to do with it?
— Buster’s View (@lkoneal) December 11, 2018
To be fair, it’s probably because you’re an idiot and he isn’t.
Just spit ballin’ here.
— Rusty Weiss ???????????? (@rustyweiss74) December 11, 2018
Some Twitter users gave Ocasio-Cortez pointers for getting noticed more:
Hey! Maybe you can get more “attention” if you just threw yourself down on the floor & go into Full Tantrum mode instead of just whining about life “not being fair because you weren’t given more attention” on your twitter. #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder #Growup pic.twitter.com/XeXjR7vRwz
— ????Bink???? (@markle_darla) December 11, 2018
In truth, all of the mockery Ocasio-Cortez has had to endure is entirely her own fault. She has repeatedly demonstrated her complete ignorance of basic civics, claimed that racism can be fixed with draconian measures designed to combat alleged global warming, and threatened a private citizen who dared to criticize socialism.
Moreover, she misquoted the Constitution and threatened to run for the White House, even though she’s not qualified and most recently claimed to have Jewish ancestry, which just doesn’t quite ring true.
… [P]icking on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her wardrobe is indeed petty and dumb and unhelpful. But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with shining a spotlight on her flaming ignorance with regard to economics and policy and pretty much everything else she spouts off about. She needs to get off her high horse, put down the victim card, and engage in some serious introspection. Because, as usual, she’s doing herself zero favors with this tantrum.
The bottom line is that she is a public figure in politics during a very fractious period and had better get used to the reality of taking flak from the other party. If she can’t handle the heat, well…
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