In case you missed it (and I don’t know how you could if you’re a News Hound like your beloved ThoughtMarauder)
but in June of last month, a 28 year old bartender named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (no relation to Hernan Cortez, explorer and destroyer of the Aztec civilization – or is she..hmmm)
narrowly defeated incumbent Joe Crowley to win the Democratic Party Primary nomination in New York’s 14th Congressional District – primarily representing the Bronx. She will be running against Republican Alex Pappas in November, although most expect that election to be a Dog and Pony Show
given the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 6 to 1. Mr. Pappas’ candidacy appears to be in theory only, since he has not yet filed any paperwork with the Federal Election Committee which would allow him to raise funds. Nor has he created a campaign website or associated social media pages.
Comrade Ocasio-Cortez’ election in November seems assured.
Oh, I’m sorry 🙁 Did I neglect to mention she is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America? Shame on me.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez endorses the following policies:
Abolish ICE (Open Borders)
Assault Weapons Ban (Repeal of the 2nd Amendment / Gun Confiscation)
Universal Government Employment (Nationalize Industry, destroy Capitalism and re-distribute Wealth)
A $15 an hour Minimum Wage (The laws of labor supply and demand dictate wages – not Big Government fiat)
Medicare for All (Everyone hates Medicare – especially those already on it. Universal Medical Misery for all)
The Bronx district she is poised to represent has experienced radical demographic changes since career politician Joe Crowley was first elected there 20 years ago – it used to be a predominantly White district ( think Archie Bunker) – now it’s over 46% Hispanic, many of whom are not even legal US citizens ( think Chico and the Man).
These are some of the poor and downtrodden she hopes to elevate via her above-mentioned policies:
and who can forget these fine young citizens of New York’s 14th Congressional District:
The Bernie Bro’s and the Mainstream Media are casting her upset victory as the future trajectory of American politics, neglecting to mention that she beat incumbent Joe Crowley by slightly more than 4,000 votes. The total voter turnout in the Primary was 27,658 – she collected 15,897 votes to his 11,761 votes. There are 691,715 residents in New York’s 14th Congressional District. The total voter turnout represents less than 5% of the residents of that district.
This is hardly a mandate for fundamentally transforming a Free Nation of over 320 million people into a Democratic Socialist / Communist paradise. What her election represents is a girl on the ball who saw a political weakness in her opponent and exploited it.
How did she do it?
By touching people, that’s how. She knocked on doors, chatted people up on the street, went to local events and shook hands with the voters. Incumbent Joe Crowley was so assured of victory that he neglected to even visit his own district during the run-up to the Primary vote. In fact, he sent a surrogate to represent him in a debate with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez because he was too “busy” in Washington to speak with his own constituents.
The ThoughtMarauder abhors her politics, but admires her drive. She proved once again that “all politics is local.”
So what happens now?
Well, it turns out that although Mr. Crowley lost the Democratic Primary, he’ll still appear on the ballot in November as the representative of the Working Families Party – a group not ideologically far removed from the Democratic Socialists of America. New York has a byzantine Primary process that I won’t even attempt to explain, but you can read about it here if you’re a political junkie like the ThoughtMarauder. (I know it’s a CNN article, but they only report Fake News when it applies to their political opposition). Anyway, it’s entirely possible that the constituents of the 14th District – who are accustomed to voting for Mr. Crowley – will show up on Election Day and cast their vote for him, rather than Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, feeling they were as blind-sided by her Primary win as Mr. Crowley was. It will be very interesting to see if the voters of the 14th District elect a change-agent like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, or opt for the comfort of Mr. Crowley’s continued representation.
If Ms. Ocasio-Cortez wins, expect the Media to hoist her upon their shoulders and parade her around as the “future of American Politics” despite the fact she’s dumber than a box of rocks. She graduated with a BA in Economics and International Relations from Boston College, although you wouldn’t know it by watching this interview (no, not this parody video) and listening to her 10th grade level understanding of Economics, International Policy and basic human nature. If the Democratic Party, or the Democratic Socialist Party think their barely disguised Communist Manifesto is gonna fly in Flyover Country, they’ve got another thing comin’
However, if Mr. Crowley wins the Primary as the candidate of the Working Families Party (where he’ll undoubtedly caucus with the Democrats) expect a total Progressive Civil War for the philosophical soul of the Party, the likes of which haven’t been seen since..
The ThoughtMarauder will address what he thinks will happen next in the Great Progressive schism in a future Post..