The latest gaff by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez kind of makes me wonder if she is a GOP operative secretly working to stop Bernie Sanders style socialism. Ocasio-Cortez was recently in Kansas campaigning for Brent Welder, promising to “flip this seat red”.
This follows Ocasio-Cortez’s assertion that the only reason unemployment is so low is because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is actually measured by surveying the percentage of people who are currently seeking employment. It has nothing to do with how many jobs each person has.
Ocasio-Cortez got famous for beating Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th district. The district is so blue that if Crowley and Ocasio-Cortez both ran and split the liberal vote, one of them would still win. But Ocasio-Cortez didn’t seem to take that into account when she attacked Crowley for trying to run a third party campaign because he had originally registered for multiple parties, and New York won’t allow him to remove his name from the ballot. Crowley endorsed her and promised to support her, but Ocasio-Cortez lashed out in paranoia when she found out his name would still be on the ballot.
Perhaps what made her infamous though was her admission that she has no clue what she’s talking about when it comes to Israel. Ocasio-Cortez fumbled through an interview where she tried to insinuate that Israel was blocking Palestinians from accessing their homes and actively occupying Palestine. Eventually she gave up. In a later interview, she promised that she would “get with activists” so she could learn more about the Israel/Palestine issue.
Not all Democrats are on the Ocasio-Cortez Socialist train. Ocasio-Cortez herself supported lower taxes when she was a business owner, but her business failed shortly before she switched to Socialism and tried to get involved in politics for the first time. At age 26, Ocasio-Cortez went to vote for the first time and discovered she had been purged from the New York voter rolls for 8 years of inactivity. That was 2016. She then joined the Bernie Sanders campaign and rose from non-voting millennial failed business owner to rising star of the DNC. But not all Democrats are happy with her.
Florida representative Alcee Hastings has already shut down any prospects of her taking over the DNC. “Meteors fizz out,” Hastings said. “what she will learn in this institution is that it’s glacial to begin with, and therefore no matter how far you rise, that’s just how far you will ultimately get your comeuppance.”
Perhaps her paranoia was justified. One time relevant Democrat Joe Lieberman is telling Democrats to vote for Joe Crowley. The party split between moderates and socialists is more defined than ever. Who knows, maybe she’ll succeed in turning more districts “red”.