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As many of you know, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is my favorite Democrat. She is revolutionizing the Democratic Party in preparation for humanity’s evolution from capitalism to socialism. Her 15,000 voters in the Bronx/Queens have launched her to the top of the media world because she is young, she is a woman, she is of color, and she defeated an old establishment white guy in line to replace that old billionaire white woman who currently leads the calcified, capitalist House Dems.
The Democratic National Committee has embraced this charismatic young torchbearer of the Democratic Socialists of America as the new face of the Democratic Party (Bernie can now be stuffed into a closet where he belongs). Social democracy is now fully outed as the dominant political philosophy of the Democratic Party. Clinton cronyism is out. The Democrats have found their feet and Ocasio-Cortez’s new message is ascendant. Too bad she’s too young to run for president in 2020.
There is, however, a Democrat presidential aspirant who has accurately sensed the direction of her party and is positioning herself out in front of it. What she lacks in authenticity she compensates for with imitation.
For instance, just listen to the way she talks. I mean, c’mon. If sounding youthful is your goal, why aspire to sound like a 28-year old? Why not sound like a ditzy teenager: slurring, dropping consonants, dropping syllables, and generally sounding like an idiot? And that’s before one even considers the silliness of what she actually says. In the first 30 seconds, she eliminates ICE, delegating the terrorist/security stuff to … well, she doesn’t specify, but she is very clear that we should be “looking at immigration as a humanitarian issue” blah blah blah “these are families” blah blah blah “diversity is what makes our country and our economy so strong” blah blah.
She’s even better on guns. “We should pass the gun reform issues in the first month—all of them.” Among other things, she wants to make sure people can’t buy “bum stocks” and “large magazine clips.”
After earning dem-sosh cred by flaunting her expertise on icky gun stuff, she pivots to healthcare, where she demonstrates her skill at bald-faced historical revisionism and then declares that the right answer is Medicare-for-All.*
She follows with a catch-all laundry list that indeed catches all, including postal banking(?). “Like, that’s where the solutions lie, and we need to do that stuff cuz that’s what the American people are so angry about…”
I’m sure that with a little coaching, this woman could become a formidable presidential nominee in 2020.
In which case she would become my new favorite Democrat.
* Incidentally, 122 of the 194 House Dem co-sponsors have signed their names to a $3,200,000,000,000 per year Medicare-for-All plan. So yes, socialist policy is now a core objective of Congressional Democrats.