That pattern goes like this: Ocasio-Cortez or one of her likeminded allies says something regrettable — and is made to regret it. In the latest case, it was a tweet from Saikat Chakrabarta, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, that today’s centrist Democrats (centrist by comparison with AOC) are the moral equivalents of the segregationist Democrats of the 1940s. Pelosi et al. complained, the tweet was deleted, and the Squad went into predictable Squad mode. Ocasio-Cortez does not have the courage to come out and call Pelosi a racist, and so she only makes suggestive complaints about race and says she is “pointing out a pattern.” Chakrabarta says he wasn’t calling anybody a racist when he wrote that congressional Democrats “seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.”…

But in fact the criticism of Omar is not that she was born in Africa, that she follows a certain religious practice, or that she is a woman — the criticism of Omar is that she says and believes awful things and associates with Jew-hating weirdos such as Louis Farrakhan. The criticism of AOC is not that she is young, that she is a woman, that she is brown-skinned, or that she has a Spanish surname — her critics do her the courtesy of taking the ignorant and wrongheaded things she says seriously. Because we live in a civilized country, most Americans are perfectly capable of understanding that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can be shallow and meretricious without taking the entire female or Latino population along with her. Her deficiency is sui generis.