AOC: Plenty Of Name Recognition and Media Presence, But Little Clout

Back in December Sen. Joe Manchin found himself in a media feud with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The West Virginia Democrat, back when it seemed some moderates remained in his party, said the new Democratic majority would not support the Green New Deal, defunding police, or Medicare for All – three of AOC’s best-loved policies.

“I don’t know the young lady — I really don’t. I never met her,” Manchin told The New York Times when asked about the feud. “I’m understanding she’s not that active with her bills or in committee. She’s more active on Twitter than anything else.”

Now, it seems, Machin’s assessment of his fellow Democrat from New York has been proven.

While AOC is a darling of social media and legacy media, thus garnering a huge following in each, she rarely gets anything done in her actual day job.

The Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint project of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, recently released its ratings of “effectiveness” among members of Congress.

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In short, the scores were based on 15 factors such as the number of bills introduced, how substantial they are, and how far they get through the legislative process, including whether they actually become law.

The center analyzed the 116th Congress, whose session ended on Dec. 31.

Although Democrats held a strong majority, and AOC was among the most visible and charismatic lawmakers within the party, she ranked near the bottom for effectiveness.

She ranked 230th among 240 Democrats, meaning she was one of the lest effective members of the House.

On the center’s scale, the average score was 1.0.

AOC’s score was 0.209, or about 80 percent below average.

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On the plus side, for her, Ocasio-Cortez outscored 68 Republicans. But again, they were in the minority. The Democrats were going to control the agenda and the power to determine what got through.

Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee was the least effective Democrat, scoring a 0.04. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, recorded the lowest score overall – zero.

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