Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taunting Republicans, tweeting about how “terrified” their politicians will be once they learn more about her platform and many political pundits agree that Republicans are indeed concerned.
If you think the GOP is terrified of my politics now, just wait until they find out about public libraries.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 5, 2018
The 28-year-old from the Bronx borough of New York City, recently defeated handily the longtime US House Representative and Democratic Party powerbroker Joe Crowley, who had been in Congress for 20 years. Her stunning victory received all the more headlines due to her socialist platform.
She tweeted: “If you think the GOP is terrified of my politics now, just wait until they find out about public libraries,” referring to her campaign to provide free trade school and higher education for all.
Ms Ocasio is challenging the old guard GOP which under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, has taken away federal government grants to low-income students and done nothing to mitigate the crushing debt of student loans Americans experience. Her plan is for the federal government to buy back which “could boost real GDP by an average of $86 Billion to $108 Billion per year”, according to her website.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez represents a new trend of progressive Democrats running for office around the country in an effort to take back the US House from Republicans after the 2016 election.
The majority after the midterms will be crucial for the party as the GOP plans on pushing more bills to vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, immigration, and taxation.
The Washington Post reported this, below on Ocasio’s Victory and its correlation to the Republicans:
Some campaign pros say that as much as she won, they believe the incumbent, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), managed to lose. He got ahead of himself in Washington, didn’t really live in the district and made the classic mistake of thinking no one could ever compete with him. But it was inevitable that the Democratic Party, which doesn’t have many white male voters, would at some point nominate fewer white male candidates.
More broadly, I see Ocasio-Cortez’s victory as evidence of the Democrats engaging in what parties do after they lose. First, the Democrats are setting a contrast to the opponent who beat them. Ocasio-Cortez is definitely something of an anti-Trump figure. Second, they are moving to the ideological wing of the party. While setting a clear contrast is almost always a good idea, the Democrats are moving to the loony left — and that may be an overreaction. This brings us back to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign video. Even though she gets around to the leftist policy positions, she doesn’t sound looney, threatening or half-cocked the way Republicans want. She shares Bernie Sanders’s agenda but with a much more sensible demeanor.
So, what does a win from someone like Ocasio-Cortez mean for Republicans? To paraphrase Sun Tzu, in battle, you must know thy enemy and thyself. Even though Republicans are having something of an identity crisis at the moment, it would still be wise to be mindful of the competition. GOP leaders and campaign pros should study the rise of Ocasio-Cortez.
With that said, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign video is a must-watch. It is well produced, and she comes across as credible and interesting. And it isn’t until the end that she mentions Medicare for all and a federal jobs guarantee.