American politics would be a lot better off if we had a lot more of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPressley looking for whoever 'borrowed' her Mariah Carey Christmas album Pressure grows to remove Boebert from committees Kevin McCarthy is hostage to the GOP's 'exotic wing' MORE (D-N.Y,) and a lot less of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). Ocasio-Cortez is an asset for Democrats, while Greene is an albatross for Republicans.
The Democrat from New York, also known as AOC, continues to make waves for promoting the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. On the other hand, the Republican from Georgia has made her mark by fanning the flames of hatred.
While Greene favors fiction, Ocasio-Cortez’s fight against the perils of climate change is rooted in science. The problems that Greene brings to the GOP table have been well-documented. She is a follower of QAnon, a group while believes in conspiracy theories about liberals which would be laughable if they weren’t so scary.
The first term Republican representative “liked” social media posts that called for the execution of “deep state” FBI agents and “a bullet to the head be quicker” for removing Democratic House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Dole to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda House to vote on Uyghur bill amid diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics MORE (D-Calif.).
She also described the shooting at the Parkland School in Florida that killed 17 people as a “false flag” operation designed to build support for gun control.
Pelosi has called Greene’s comments about the Parkland shooting “absolutely appalling,” and while the House Republican Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPressure grows to remove Boebert from committees Senate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill News reporting in an age of rampant mendacity MORE (R-Calif.) called her statements “deeply disturbing,” he has not found her comments disturbing enough to go as far as calling for her to be removed from her committee assignments.
The House voted Thursday night to strip Greene from congressional committees.
The fact that McCarthy didn’t take action at all against Greene (he voted against the resolution to remove her) is deafening. Instead of holding Greene accountable for her comments, the majority of GOP House members have rushed to criticize colleague Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyWe must learn from the Afghanistan experience — starting with the withdrawal Kevin McCarthy is hostage to the GOP's 'exotic wing' Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE (R-Wyo.) for her vote to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE.
While GOP representatives have been silent about Greene’s transgressions, the Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Schumer steps on the gas to move Biden agenda Hoyer says Dec. 15 is drop-dead deadline to hike debt ceiling MORE (R-Ky,) slammed her. He called Greene out for her “looney lies and conspiracy theories.”
On the other side of the aisle, Ocasio-Cortez’s positive contributions stand in stark contrast to Greene’s negative comments. The progressive Democrat has been working within the system to make major policy changes.
Ocasio-Cortez’s advocacy for stronger environmental protection and comprehensive health care has made enemies among Democratic congressional leaders, but AOC has made the Congress better and the Democratic Party stronger.
Every caucus needs a conscience and AOC along with other progressive Democrats fill that role admirably for the House Democratic majority.
President Biden has acted quickly and decisively with executive orders to protect the environment. It is hard to imagine that the candidate who ran as a moderate would have been so aggressive as president without the fervid and unrelenting advocacy of AOC and other progressives.
Biden has not endorsed the Green New Deal but he has acted to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement, has issued executive orders to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and scaled back oil drilling on federal land in Alaska.
Biden has also installed two heavyweights into his Cabinet: former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryClimate policies propel a growing dysfunction of Western democracies Kerry calls out countries that need to 'step up' on climate change Those on the front lines of climate change should be empowered to be central to its solution MORE and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyOvernight Energy & Environment — White House announces new climate office New White House office to develop climate change policies Kerry: Climate summit 'bigger, more engaged, more urgent' than in past MORE. They are senior White House advisers that will fight against climate change and are welded solidly into presidential domestic and foreign policy.
Now, is the time for the Democratic congressional leadership to embrace Ocasio-Cortez. If they have any doubts about the value that she brings to the Democratic Party, all they need to do is take a long hard look at the menace that Greene poses to the GOP.
Brad Bannon is a Democratic pollster and CEO of Bannon Communications Research. He is also the host of a radio podcast “Deadline D.C. With Brad Bannon” that airs on the Progressive Voices Network. Follow him on Twitter @BradBannon.