Time is precious, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned Wednesday, reminding fellow Democrats that the majorities they enjoy in the House and Senate might not last.
In a series of Twitter messages, the lawmaker from New York suggested that an untimely death among Democrats could cost the party its slim Senate advantage even sooner than the 2022 midterm elections.
“During the Obama admin,” she wrote, “folks thought we’d have a 60 Dem majority for a while. It lasted 4 months.”
The reference was to the death of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., in August 2009, the Washington Examiner noted. The stalwart Democrat’s Senate seat was filled by another Democrat temporarily – but then Republican Scott Brown won a special election to complete Kennedy’s term.
Kennedy’s death and Brown’s win prematurely ended a filibuster-proof super-majority that Democrats had at the time because it dropped them to 59 seats instead of the needed 60, the Examiner noted.
The newspaper also noted that the Senate started 2021 with the oldest average age in its history, at 64.3 years. It noted the advancing age of three Democrats: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., will turn 88 on June 22; Sen.