Chuck Schumer has come under fire in recent years for not being progressive enough. There may be merit to that argument. However, there is greater merit to the argument that he’s an old war horse who has been around for quite some time, and before we set him out to pasture, or talk about doing so, it would behoove us to all focus on the only thing that matters to Democrats or this country: Getting rid of Donald Trump. That said, here’s what AOC has in mind, ostensibly. Axios:

Top Democrats tell “Axios on HBO” they expect Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may eventually primary one of the two New York senators — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in 2022, or Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2024.

Why it matters: AOC has instantly become one of the party’s most coveted endorsers (up there with Clintons and Obamas) — and has recently made common cause with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a pairing that could take off. AHarris poll for “Axios on HBO” shows socialism is soaring in popularity, especially with women ages 18 to 54 (55%) and younger Americans.

We don’t live in normal times. My objection is not to AOC having bigger dreams. My objection is solely to giving Trump any ammunition the next time he decides to take a shot at Chuck Schumer. For now until the 2020 election, the only thing any Democrat should be thinking about is unity and defeating Trump — or we’re not going to have a country left, and party politics and purity considerations will be rendered moot.

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rory darjiit
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It’s her race to run if she wants it. But my immediate thoughts. 1. Would she have less power as a Senator? If the House stays blue and the Senate stays red…or at least below a sixty vote majority…it’s possible that she’d be able to accomplish far less. But a lot of her political power right now is populism, so it’s not clear to me whether it would matter. 2. Would the Senate be a good fit for her? There are norms and traditions that the Senators fiercely defend, and a lot of those are contrary to her style. She… Read more »
mae
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Short and sweet. I agree 100%.

Bareshark1975
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WAY too early to think about that for AOC and probably only because she can’t run for President yet. I’d be much happier with her staying in the House and eventually becoming Speaker. Do recall that we have a lot of rebuilding to do within the Dems in a post-Trump era.

anastasjoy
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She needs to do the “work your way up in leadership” thing first or she’ll just be another Timmy Ryan, getting ahead of himself. I think the best candidates in the freshman for future speaker are Katie Hill (who already has a leadership position and a committee co-chair position), Katie Porter, Joe Neguse, Lauren Underwood and Ayanna Pressley. All were well-prepared to be in Congress and have been impressive. I don’t see anything about “AOC” that indicates she’s be a good speaker or an even remotely qualified presidential candidate. Maybe in the future, but not now. And she needs to… Read more »
Bareshark
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Absolutely not on that last part.. burning bridges is the work of fanatics, not people who actually build coalitions. AOC needs them going forward as much as she needs the rest.

anastasjoy
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The Young Turks/Justice “Democrats”/Brand New Congress are ALL about burning bridges, burning things to the ground alienating allies and lording it over everyone else on the left as not being sufficiently pure. They’re the worst of the worst, and why a lot of the dissension and conflict on the left happens. “AOC” herself has not been blameless and has a lot to learn. Her tweet about “it’s our time now” and people not in total agreement with her being relegated to the “cheap seats” was a revealing blunder, as was her tweet about the supposedly empty hearing of the financial… Read more »
Bareshark
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The smart ones will grow up. The not-so-smart ones will burn out.

anastasjoy
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This is why I take a wait-and-see attitude toward people with zero record of activism or political engagement — this includes Pete Buttigieg, whose popularity among some Democrats baffles me. I mean, yes, he seems smart and adorable and articulate, but he has done literally nothing that would qualify him to be the youngest president in U.S. history. I have friends and acquaintance in their 20s who have a decade more relevant experience than he has.

Bareshark
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It’s nice to have that kind of a luxury. I’m not certain we do. Makes me think of this guy I worked with a few days a long time ago. He just got out of college with an accounting degree. But everywhere he went, they wanted six months experience minimum, which is how he landed in the same furniture factory I did. He might have had the skills but no one was willing to give him the chance. Mayor Pete has far relevant experience than the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That is more than enough for me to… Read more »
SuzC
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I would prefer AOC pay attention to her NEW day job, learn from the best (Pelosi), learn how to function in DC (she just got there), and stop “playing to her base” ie progressives. Dems are far too excited over the shiny new toy in the old toybox. I’m looking for experienced leadership as well as charisma but if I have to choose I’ll take experience at this point.

Gerald Boyette
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I see no reason to say Pelosi is the best. She didn’t get anything done when Obama was in the white house and the Dems had a majority in the Senate. Which they promptly lost due to Obama rolling out Obamacare ahead of the elections then the screw up with the registration website. All Pelosi did was get the Democrats to support a Democratic President, tough job. No good laws passed or bad laws repealed. Now she’s dithering on Impeachment and looks like a weak loser to the American people. The whole Democratic establishment has driven the party down and… Read more »
anastasjoy
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You’re out of touch with the polls and the American people. Most Democrats think she’s doing an terrific job of navigating Donald Trump. In fact, I don’t see how anyone could be doing it better. It’s not as easy as it looks. Attacks on the “Democratic establishment” are what’s driving the part “down and dow and down,” this fictitious idea that some sexy new individual with a lot of flaming words could come in and create magic. Getting stuff done in D.C. is a slog. And you seem to be totally forgetting an individual named Mitch McConnell.

underwriter505
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I might also point out that, assuming she successfully primaries Chuck Schumer and wins the general (two fairly big steps), she won’t replace Chuck Schumer (as Senate Democratic Leader.) Some senior old geezer will likely do that. I realize that is not done by direct inheritance, so to speak, but we might just want to think about who that would be. We have worked hard more than once in recent years to get someone who “couldn’t be any worse” replaced by someone worse. Schumer doesn’t even fall into that category – we all know people who would be worse.
rory darjiit
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Pattie Murray, Debbie Stabenow and Maria Cantwell all have high seniority and would make interesting choices.

And yes, I’m pulling up women Senators names on purpose. They have the skills…the experience…the seniority. It’s time for a woman in leadership, whether we are a minority or majority.

Leo Walter
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IMO, that is one of several options that she should consider. However, as many complaints as I have against the Party leadership currently, I don’t think this is a good time to be giving the Trump-GOP ammunition.

Leo Walter
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I actually meant to use Congresswoman Ocasio- Cortez’s name rather than “she”. My fallback is I had a stroke last year ! 😉

Jack Ox
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Chuck Schumer has been useless- He makes comments from the sidelines- he does nothing- I hope AOC takes him out. At least Gillibrand works- I am still angry about the way she took out a Senator who was one of our most effective- but at least she is still working. Chuck is just a commenter, nothing more.

anastasjoy
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“Take out”? She replaced Hillary Clinton, who retired.

Denis Elliott
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I think AOC is terrific but she’s not even a year into her job in the House. Also, NY State is not NYC as in overwhelmingly blue & even NYC has some red areas. We think of NY State as blue but it’s not CA and it’s not that long ago they’ve had Republicans in Senate seats or the Governor’s mansion. From where I sit AOC is doing a pretty good job with her committee work and she’s smart as a whip and savvy too. My worry is that she might be spending a bit too much time looking ahead… Read more »
CYNTHIA FEASTER
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I am a voting NYer and I detest Schumer. He is a DO NOTHING senator who really only serves one small constituency in New York State. Black and Brown NYers are invisible in Schumer’s “world.” Old War Horse? When has Schumer ever fought a good fight for MOST NYers of all ethnicities? NEVER. Name an issue he has championed? You can’t. I have never votedfor him, and I never will. AOC will get my vote. This choice is SO easy.

rory darjiit
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I’d say one major win in Schumer’s column was overseeing winning…I think…fifteen Senate seats in 2006 and 2008, which gave us the exactly-zero-seat margin we needed to pass the ACA.

Gerald Boyette
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Schumer is like Pelosi, Timid and non productive. We need leaders not hand wringers. More power to AOC and by 2022 we’ll already know the results of who’s president and if it’s still Trump it will be even more important to get AOC in Schumer’s seat.

anastasjoy
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Anyone who could call Pelosi “timid” doesn’t pay very close attention to politics. You may disagree with her decisions, but she’s certain not “timid.” She also got nearly three times more votes in her last election than “AOC” — who, despite a gusher of adulatory press, was unable to increase the weak turnout in her apathetic district. Pelosi, in a similarly safe blue district, had extremely high turnout. She’s a political genius; “AOC” is an inexperienced person with no track record yet. Given that, this assumption that she is the natural heir to Schumer is a bit of a reach.… Read more »
buddhistMonkey
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We have never seen the likes of AOC before — a freshman Congresswoman who’s got more Twitter followers than the Speaker of the House, and who is famous only for being fiercely progressive. If AOC runs against Chuck “Milquetoast” Schumer, I will absolutely donate to her campaign, and my only regret would be that I don’t live in New York, so I wouldn’t be able to vote for her as well. I’m very much looking forward to the day that I’ll be able to vote for her for President, though.

anastasjoy
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Yes, we HAVEN’T seen someone more focused on celebrity and Twitter followers than effective governing. The jury is still out on whether she will be an effective congressperson, like Katie Porter or Katie Hill or Lauren Underwood or Joe Neguse or Jahana Hayes or Rashida Tlaib or Ayanna Pressley, all brilliant new additions to Congress.