Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the Bright Shining Star Democrats are Looking for?

Jul. 18, 2018
by Bob Adelmann

According to the latest poll from Rasmussen, three out of four Democrats “think their party needs to turn to someone new.” 73 percent of 1,000 Democrats polled on July 11 and 12 “believe their party should look for a fresh face to run for president in 2020 [while] just 16 percent disagree.”

David Remnick, the 20-year editor of the slick uber-sophisticated New Yorker magazine thinks Ocasio-Cortez might just be the savior the Democrats have been looking for. In the next issue to be published on Monday, Remnick told his breathless liberal readers that Ocasio-Cortez “has natural presence. She is also well mannered, disciplined, shrewd, and self-possessed.” He wrote that when she entered “a pizza parlor in Grand Central, her waiter nearly swooned.”

The highlight of the article was when Remnick asking the budding newcomer to Democrat politics where she planned to live in Washington once she won the election in November, Ocasio-Cortez was completely truthful: “Not a clue.”

That was a clue that the brightest light to shine on the Democrat landscape just might not be so bright after all. When Margaret Hoover asked Ocasio-Cortez questions during her Firing Line interview on Friday, the candidate who obliterated 10-term Democrat Joe Crowley in the primaries in June stumbled, dithered, and then admitted she really didn’t know what she was talking about. She characterized the generations-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an “occupation” of Palestine by Israel:

I think that what people are starting to see – at least in the occupation of Palestine – is an increasing crisis of humanitarian condition[s], and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue.

To her credit Hoover pressed the young socialist to explain exactly what she meant. Said Ocasio-Cortez, after a long pause:

Oh, I think – what I meant is that the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas and places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes.

Recognizing the incoherency of her response, Hoover pushed further, asking her to explain exactly what she meant. Ocasio-Cortez admitted: “I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue,” but forged ahead into unknown territory anyway:

I am a firm believer in finding a two-state solution on this issue, and I’m happy to sit down with leaders on both of these….

For me, I just look at things through a human-rights lens, and I may not use the rights words [but] I know this is a very intense issue.

Hoover then changed the subject, to capitalism, asking the young socialist “Do you think that capitalism has failed to deliver for working class Americans?” Hoover then cited the booming economy and record low unemployment. Said Ocasio-Cortez: “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” Hoover asked if she thought capitalism would survive, and the candidate for the House of Representatives from the 14th Congressional District of New York just shrugged, admitted that it was a good question, and said the system will “evolve.”

When she was running in the primaries against 10-term liberal Democrat Joe Crowley, Ocasio-Cortez had all the answers: Medicare for everyone, a federal jobs guarantee, tuition-free public college education, abolition of ICE, more gun controls, and ending the privatization of prisons.

When seeking support, Ocasio-Cortez would look to her membership in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for it. The group that propelled her to victory in the primary (with the help of Black Lives Matter, the Brand New Congress, and the Justice Democrats, among others) has a clear path to socializing the United States and turning it into a European-style socialist nirvana. Its mission is anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, Democratic Socialist, Eco-Socialist, Multi-tendency, and Socialist feminization. The DSA supports the restructuring of America’s gender and cultural relationships in order to make them more “equitable.” This is the same group that has in the past supported Walter Mondale, Jesse Jackson, John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Bernie Sanders.

But get her out from under those handy slogans and the bright shining star of the new Democrats dims considerably.

For example, following the dreadful shooting in the offices of the Capital Gazette on June 28, she tweeted: “Horrifying. This is our nation’s 195th mass shooting this year.” The number – 195 – was apparently pulled out of the air, but it sufficed for her purposes. This author spent more time than warranted trying to find the source for that number, without success. She was counting on that number – unsourced but likely accepted by her adoring fans – to confirm her anti-gun ideology that guns are responsible for such shootings and not the shooters.

The better Remnick got to know Ocasio-Cortez, the less enthralled he became about her chances to fill the role of savior for his Democratic Party:

It remains unclear whether her story will be the start of a trend in the midterms and beyond … [but] what is certain is the Ocasio-Cortez has energized Democratic Party politics in New York and, to an extent, the country.

What is clear is that the high-energy socialist from the Bronx needs a lot of work to quality as the shiny new face the Democrats are looking for as their savior.


Sources: 73% of Democrats Want ‘A Fresh Face’ As 2020 Nominee Socialist Darling Ocasio-Cortez Trashes Israel, Calls Them “Occupiers” of Palestine (VIDEO)

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