Wednesday, October 24 2018
Are we still pretending that New York’s Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upset incumbent Democrat Joseph Crowley in the primary, is a transformational politician? Are we still doing the thing where we act like she’s a deep, reasonable thinker with leadership potential? Because at some point we just need to be honest.
Take for instance her rambling, confused response to a fairly straightforward question from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes who asked “what’s your plan” when you get to Washington, D.C.? Her answer:
If you can find her plan in there, you’re doing better than me. But given that Hayes responded to this mess not by saying, “Umm, wut?” but by gushing, “That’s a really interesting thought,” it’s apparent there are a number in the national media still willing to play the game with her.
And as a result of their continued fawning over her, propping her up, and failing to hold her to any basic standard of competence, we are all treated to this persistent procession of her bizarre takes on seemingly simple political realities. The most recent example of which came on the pet liberal political cause of climate change. Giving her plan for dealing with it, she went to what she apparently sees as a comparable challenge – defeating Nazis.
And apparently carbon dioxide has explicitly made the United States “as an enemy” in a similar fashion. Thus we must commit our national resources, economy, military, intelligence, and families to the cause of defeating cow flatulence.
Some have postulated that Ocasio-Cortez’s refusal to endorse a Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign jeopardizes her popularity and political coalition. I’m going to say a bigger threat to both is her ability to continue maintaining the charade that she’s a serious candidate with serious thoughts and serious ideas about serious issues.