The problem, @Drew_Hammill, isn't "throw a punch be prepared to take one," it's that Pelosi's "punch" was dismissing the Dem base's support for AOC/Omar/Tlaib/Pressley as "their public whatever."
Dismissing other Dems and leftists as "nitwits" just reinforces their point. /1
Despite being far less well known among Dems and Independents, AOC has the same favorability as Pelosi among Independents (20%) and roughly the same net favorability among Dems as Pelosi (AOC 40%, Pelosi 42%).
Why "throw a punch" at her at all? To please Trump supporters? /2
Many Dem insiders have bought into the conservative claim there's a big group of voters will be convinced to vote for Dems if, and only if, Dems position themselves against the left.
Everyone who thinks that way has a newspaper column. Their numbers are tiny. We are polarized./3
Even if we narrow this squabble to immigration, the country is heavily polarized--but with a majority leaning pro-immigration. What on Earth do Dems gain by Pelosi "throwing a punch" at AOC/Omar/Tlaib/Pressley over immigration? Another loss in 2020 due to low base turnout?
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