Quis custodiet ipsos Congresso?
Freshman New York congresswoman and Democratic rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a pretty on-point Watchmen reference this morning:
“To Quote Alan Moore,” the congresswoman wrote, before quoting Rorschach: “‘None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with YOU. You’re locked up in here with ME.”
The tweet comes in response to a report by Politico that establishment Democrats have been rankled by Ocasio-Cortez’s pushing of a strong progressive agenda, as well as her openness in disagreeing with more senior members of the party. Based on the Rorschach quote she chose, it sounds like AOC has no intention of stopping what she’s doing.
It’s not every day that a member of Congress drops a comic book reference on social media, much less one as savage as this one, and comics Twitter took immediate note. Here’s just a sampling of replies from pros and fans:
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) January 11, 2019
smiley face reacs only pic.twitter.com/TelNAyfJGu
— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) January 11, 2019
Today, in "things i didn't expect on twitter:" https://t.co/YMJrcQTSkA
— Tim Seeley (@HackinTimSeeley) January 11, 2019
MORE POLITICIANS WHO READ AND CAN FREELY QUOTE COMICS 2019 ❤️ https://t.co/XBEsOyAFlx
— RYAN RULZ OK (@ryanqnorth) January 11, 2019
Comic books in Congress have come a long way since 1954. https://t.co/F9ZGDp1NDe
— Top Shelf Productions (@topshelfcomix) January 11, 2019
The new Congress watches the Watchmen, y'all! https://t.co/4Fiw8ewegE
— Joseph P. Illidge (@JosephPIllidge) January 11, 2019
And just like that, a million nerds' hearts exploded. https://t.co/4fhd20N4X0
— Rebecca Cohen (@GynoStar) January 11, 2019
NOBODY STAND BEHIND AOC IN THE CHOW LINE IN THE COMMISSARY, OKAY? https://t.co/4vRQvpju7I
— Kevin Church 🖖🏻 (@Kevin_Church) January 11, 2019
Created by Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, Rorschach is a moral absolutist who refuses to compromise even in the face of death, and who ultimately pays the price for it. Time will tell if the same will be true for Ocasio-Cortez.
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.