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New York Democrats May Have Cost Their Party The House. What Happened?

  New York Democrats May Have Cost Their Party The House. What Happened? Redistricting chaos and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s lackluster performance contributed to the loss of four House seats.Democrats’ narrow miss on keeping control of the House has increased scrutiny on the party’s weak showing in New York. Republicans took control of four U.S. House seats in New York previously held by Democrats: two in the Hudson Valley and two on Long Island. Democrats also fell short in a central New York district that President Joe Biden carried and a retiring moderate Republican was vacating.

Hakeem Jeffries seems poised to replace Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats. A Black political moderate, the Brooklyn congressman is often likened to Barack Obama. Even-tempered, he is known to "play" with most of the children in Washington. And at 52, he represents generational change from the 82-year-old Pelosi.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns for re-election, Nov. 8, 2022, in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens, New York. © Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns for re-election, Nov. 8, 2022, in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens, New York.

Who among Democrats would have a problem with him? Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would have a problem. She also has problems with President Joe Biden, and frankly, the mainstream Democratic Party off which she feeds. A preening socialist princess, she has done much to entertain Fox News and cost the Democrats their House majority.

AOC criticizes Lauren Boebert's response to nightclub shooting

  AOC criticizes Lauren Boebert's response to nightclub shooting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for her views on the LGBT community and gun laws after the Colorado Republican posted her response to the nightclub shooting in Colorado Springs. Boebert issued a message of support to the victims Sunday, saying the victims and families were in her "prayers." AT LEAST FIVE KILLED AND 18 INJURED IN SHOOTING AT COLORADO SPRINGS NIGHTCLUB The news out of Colorado Springs is absolutely awful.This morning the victims & their families are in my prayers.This lawless violence needs to end and end quickly.

"The last time I ran into AOC," said Sean Patrick Maloney, one of four Democrats to lose his suburban New York district to a Republican, "we were beating her endorsed candidate two to one in a primary, and I didn't see her one minute of these midterms helping our House majority."

Ocasio-Cortez has a long record of pushing primary challenges to Democrats deemed insufficiently radical. These attempts are almost always unsuccessful though draining to the incumbent. Shortly after she was first elected to Congress in 2018, Ocasio-Cortez reportedly put Jeffries on her list of Democrats to get rid of.

She didn't follow through, but the threat prompted Jeffries to help start a group called Team Blue, which raised money for Democrats being challenged from the left. The time has come for Team Blue to turn the threats around and support good progressives willing to primary the homewreckers of the left fringe.

Trump rips the Supreme Court as 'nothing more than a political body' after they ruled against him, even though he appointed 3 justices of the conservative majority

  Trump rips the Supreme Court as 'nothing more than a political body' after they ruled against him, even though he appointed 3 justices of the conservative majority Trump criticized the Supreme Court but the high court, and Roe v. Wade's reversal, is often held up by the GOP as one of his greatest accomplishments."Why would anybody be surprised that the Supreme Court has ruled against me, they always do! It is unprecedented to be handing over Tax Returns, & it creates a terrible precedent for future Presidents," Trump said in a post early Wednesday morning. "The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige, and standing, & has become nothing more than a political body, with our Country paying the price.

They might also consider Pramila Jayapal, another pain in the Democrats' butt. Right before the midterms, the Seattle-area rep led a left-wing bid to join the right wing in questioning American support of Ukraine. She presented that proposal just as Ukraine was winning back territory while its people were being terrorized by Russian missiles. So appalled was the Biden administration and other Democrats that the group quickly withdrew their letter.

To Ocasio-Cortez, Biden exists to be "critiqued." Days after he was elected president—and still putting together a muscular program to deal with climate change—Ocasio-Cortez sent out a letter accusing him of ignoring the problem and asking for money.

She has refused to say whether she would endorse Biden if he ran for a second term. Even Representative Ilhan Omar, the controversial "Squad" member from Minnesota, said "of course" she would.

Mitch McConnell laments that there's no stopping Trump from inserting himself into Georgia's Senate race but says the runoff gives Republicans 'another chance to get it right'

  Mitch McConnell laments that there's no stopping Trump from inserting himself into Georgia's Senate race but says the runoff gives Republicans 'another chance to get it right' Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sees Georgia's pending runoff as a shot at midterms redemption — unless Trump blows the whole thing up."All of a sudden, I'm a fan of the runoff. We've got another chance to get it right," McConnell said at a Wednesday press conference of the unsettled contest between incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Trump-backed challenger Herschel Walker.

Ocasio-Cortez incensed many of her constituents by voting against the infrastructure bill, the Democrats' greatest achievement. She's against bringing back the deduction for state and local taxes, in effect, supporting the Republican move to punish high-tax blue states, like her own.

New York Mayor Eric Adams is in constant battle with her. For one thing, he's long opposed New York state's controversial bail law, credited with the loss of those suburban seats. Naturally, Ocasio-Cortez defends it and hits back by accusing Adams of exaggerating crime. Like Jayapal, she had played around with "defund the police" nonsense.

It's true that crime is nowhere near the epidemic levels of several decades ago. It's also true that a few gruesome crimes, looped by Fox and the New York Post, had freaked out voters. To win elections, you have to address the electorate's concerns. Right?

That's assuming you want to win elections. Jeffries and Adams are pragmatic and popular politicians. They know what their working-class voters want while winning fans among diverse populations.

Biden's aides describe Trump as a defeated and vulnerable figure who could help the president secure a second term, report says

  Biden's aides describe Trump as a defeated and vulnerable figure who could help the president secure a second term, report says Speaking to Reuters, several aides to President Joe Biden said they think Donald Trump running in 2024 could help secure their boss another win.So far, Americans have dealt devastating blows to his brand by rejecting key candidates in closely-contested races. Rather than a so-called "red wave," results were still unclear on Wednesday. Republicans are likely to win control of the House but the Senate is still in play for both parties.

Asked about Jeffries' likely ascension to minority leader, Ocasio-Cortez would not give a straight answer. She did say, however, that there was "healing that needs to be done in our caucus."

Not quite. Ocasio-Cortez and company stand in the way of Democrats' retaining real power. They don't merit healing. They deserve replacement.

Froma Harrop is an award-winning journalist, author and syndicated columnist.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.

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The former attorney general in a scathing op-ed discussed former President Donald Trump's bid to return to office in 2024.So far, Americans have dealt devastating blows to his brand by rejecting key candidates in closely-contested races. Rather than a so-called "red wave," results were still unclear on Wednesday. Republicans are likely to win control of the House but the Senate is still in play for both parties.

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