Note to the rook­ies: Show us, don’t tell

Boston Herald - - INSIDE TRACK - Joe FITZGER­ALD

There’s no rush to judg­ment here, OK?

Nor is there any in­cli­na­tion to misog­yny. If you think that, then, please, turn the page.

This is just a gut feel­ing, noth­ing more. But gut feel­ings can get you into hot wa­ter these days sim­ply by say­ing what’s on your mind if it’s not in lock­step with more fash­ion­able points of view, oth­er­wise known as po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

Nev­er­the­less, the feel­ing here is that it’s bet­ter to have a few ques­tions than it is to be­lieve you have all of the an­swers.

If that makes self-ap­pointed om­buds­men un­com­fort­able, too bad.

These valid thoughts need not be muf­fled.

Our own Ayanna Press­ley, after be­com­ing the first black woman elected to the Bos­ton City Coun­cil, is now the first black woman elected to Con­gress from Mas­sachusetts. Fine. That’s her past. Now what’s her fu­ture?

Michi­gan’s Rashida Tlaib, now the first Pales­tinian-Amer­i­can woman in Con­gress, has al­ready made a big splash with a tongue more toxic than the Flint wa­ter sup­ply. It was a bru­tal first im­pres­sion.

And then there’s New York’s self-pro­claimed so­cial­ist, Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez, who, at 29, is the youngest woman ever elected to Con­gress.

The ini­tial im­pres­sion here? She has boun­teous charm, an imag­i­na­tive mind and a great big vac­uum where her brain ought to be.

We’ll see. The jury is still out, and hope­fully im­per­vi­ous to the shrill rant­ings of self­styled suf­fragettes who think gen­der is all that mat­ters.

Don’t they un­der­stand Con­gress is not a soror­ity, nor is it a cof­fe­house?

Again, it’s a gut feel­ing, noth­ing more, but the be­stow­ing of in­stant celebrity on rook­ies who’ve barely ar­rived doesn’t set well here, es­pe­cially if these sus­cep­ti­ble new­com­ers buy into the no­tion Con­gress is lucky to have them.

They may in­deed evolve into gi­ants of grace and dig­nity. It’s hap­pened be­fore: Think Shirley Chisholm. Think Bar­bara Jor­dan.

If you think women aren’t well-suited for lead­er­ship, con­sider the mess men have made of things over the years in Wash­ing­ton.

This com­pelling trio of in­com­ing per­son­al­i­ties may wind up be­ing just what’s needed at the Capi­tol; in the words of Reg­gie Jack­son, they could be the straws that stir the drink.

Why not? It’s pos­si­ble. But right now, they’d in­spire more en­thu­si­asm here if they saw them­selves as green­horns, which is what they are, like a rookie get­ting his first peek at Fen­way Park.

Great­ness may be just around the cor­ner, but it has to be earned, not pro­claimed.

That’s as true in pol­i­tics as it is in base­ball.

Don’t tell us what you have to of­fer, ladies. Show us.

AYANNA PRESS­LEY

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