Red Queen Rising

Quite a number of people have made the point that American conservatives would do well to refrain from passing remarks on youthful congresswoman and 2028 Democrat presidential front runner Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The more they criticise her the more publicity she gets and the more people will think she’s got her opponents rattled. Indeed, even when conservatives say nothing the media, including the BBC, will invent stories of right-wing outrage.

The fact is AOC, as da yoof call her, does have appeal being young, daft, and attractive. The video of her dancing on the roof was rather charming, if you’re looking for entertainment rather than governance. Unfortunately, being entertaining and attractive is probably enough to propel her within arm’s length of the White House if the Republicans are the only thing standing in her way, and the more they talk about her the shorter that arm becomes.

Fortunately for them, her biggest battle will be with her own party. The current Democrats are a coalition of lunatics headed by the sort of ultra-privileged, wrinkly old white people they claim to despise. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer look as though they’re about raise an objection to a black family moving into their gated community, not cede power to an upstart Latina from Queens. AOC has certain things going for her in the Democrat party, namely being non-white and female, but those backing her for greatness may be getting ahead of themselves. Firstly, it is not certain that identity politics will deliver electoral success in future any more than it did in 2016. Secondly, is AOC’s Puerto Rican parentage enough to secure the whole Latino vote? Unlike Obama who really did manage to wrap up the black vote, I’m not sure Latinos and Hispanics all vote as a bloc. Perhaps more importantly are those standing in her way. Kamala Harris is both female and black, plus has more experience in politics. She is also ruthless and unprincipled, having ascended the ladder of Californian politics by sleeping with state assembly speaker Willie Brown, who was married and 30 years her senior. It’s unlikely she will stand aside and let AOC become the female, minority voice of the Democrat party especially if there is a presidential election up for grabs. It’s not too difficult to imagine who will capture the black vote in such a contest.

There’s also the small matter of AOC’s politics. The Democrats are as keen to retain the status quo that has delivered them fabulous wealth as the most brutally capitalist Republicans. Despite millionaires like Pelosi and Warren talking about equality and fairness, they are paid-up members of the political establishment which has never quite got around to addressing these issues. But when AOC starts talking about whacking up taxes and clobbering the rich, she means it. This doesn’t just pose a threat to the personal fortunes of her Democrat colleagues, but to the fortunes of those who bankroll them as well. They will be under considerable pressure to ensure AOC’s swivel-eyed socialist ideas don’t get anywhere near the floor of Congress. But like Trump, much of AOC’s appeal derives from her representing the downtrodden and overturning the established order, and in moving to block her the entrenched Democrats are going to look like hypocrites or be exposed as pigs with their snouts in the trough.

In short, AOC is going to present a far bigger headache for establishment Democrats than she is Republicans in the coming years. With this in mind, and the fact powerful, minority women in the Democrat party will be looking to take her down a peg or two, the best thing the Republicans can do is to cede the floor, let her speak, and don’t interrupt:

Stuff like this will help them in the long run, provided they don’t respond.

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35 thoughts on “Red Queen Rising

  1. “But when AOC starts talking about whacking up taxes and clobbering the rich, she means it.”

    Ace. Bearing in mind the amount of pinko rubbish corporate America supports, I’d happily see them tax-spanked by AOC.

  2. AOC is in the running along with a host of other likely candidates, though after the Demorats ‘superdelegates’ handed Shrillary a huge boost for nomination in ’16 despite Old Uncle Bernie looking good, you know that in the end it is down to what the big bosses say, not what the people want. (Oh wait… that’s the whole Brexit business, isn’t it?)

    All I would ever say to potential front runners from the left in America, all your dreams will crumble when Michelle shoulders her way to the front. (And yes, there is a joke in there.)

  3. Benjamin Franklin said “cunning proceeds from want of capacity”, undoubtedly this little loud mouthed and incapable sheila has oodles of cunning.

  4. Ms Ocasio-Cortez is not yet 30 and so, come the next US Presidential election, will not have reached 35 and hence will be ineligible to stand. Matt Yglesias wrote an article for Vox saying this was an outrage, the Constitution should be changed, she should stand anyway and dare the Supreme Court to disqualify her &c; Ms O-C responded with the most sensible thing I’ve seen attributed to her: How about… no.

    Incidentally, however many times people refer to her as such, the abbrv AOC will always be Air Officer Commanding in my head.

  5. AOC: Alexandria Occasional Cortex.

    There is a level of stupid that cannot be hidden for long. When the MSM find their next thing, she will disappear.

  6. There is a level of stupid that cannot be hidden for long. When the MSM find their next thing, she will disappear.

    She won’t disappear. Not on your Nellie! She’s way too hot, and too girly cutesy.
    Heck, I’d do her. Any man who says he wouldn’t is batting on Julian Clary’s cricket team.

  7. Tim, are you assuming zer/xis gender there?

    Report for re-education immediately.

  8. AOC is peaking too early by cashing in a limited supply of novelty. Its impossible to maintain high interest over a long period of time.

  9. Heck, I’d do her. Any man who says he wouldn’t is batting on Julian Clary’s cricket team.

    Gentlemen, what do we not stick our dicks in?

  10. Appellation d’Origin Controllee?

    “Occasionally Coherent” is a distraction from reality (but a comely one).

  11. The author of that site was responsible for this quite wonderful twitter thread, incidentally.

    you're not actually a communist if you can only imagine fighting for revolution if you get be the leader and yes this is a subtweet of all the men on here having an entire meltdown over a woman suggesting that maybe white men shouldn't be in leadership in communist organizations— Rosa Astra (@morganastra) December 26, 2018

  12. Kamala Harris … ruthless and unprincipled,

    She is foul. She almost makes me nostalgic for HRC.

  13. “AOC has certain things going for her in the Democrat party, namely being non-white and female, but those backing her for greatness may be getting ahead of themselves. ”

    She has the ‘Pretty Privilege’. Attractive enough to not get told she is a complete idiot while growing up. I would not for a second under-estimate her. Jacinda Ardern or Justin Trudeau are both examples of people who have nothing other than an ‘attractive’ profile, and fuzzy good feelings and have translated that to real power.

  14. Good article:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the left’s Sarah Palin, Stephen Daisley

    When the media falls in love, it falls hard. Its latest crush is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat congressgirl from New York. With Obama gone, she’s their new idol and how they gasp every time she flutters her Bambi eyes from behind those Deirdre Barlow-grade glasses. Brits find the deference US journalists show their president unseemly — all that standing to attention, Hail to the Chief stuff — but their slobbery swooning over every Great Progressive Hope that comes along is just creepy. There was the White House correspondent who offered to fellate Bill Clinton and the New York Times writer who blogged her shower dream about Barack Obama and claimed ‘many women’ were having sexual fantasies about him. (This is strictly a lefty behaviour. Reporters on National Review don’t get hot under the collar for Mike Pence).

    It’s not hard to see why Ocasio-Cortez has captured the hearts of the media. She’s a woman, she’s a Latina, she’s an endearing geek. If she wasn’t in Congress, she’d have her own show on MSNBC. She also calls herself a ‘democratic socialist’ and advocates a 70 per cent tax rate, which is to say she’s 29 and before entering the House of Representative was a ‘community organiser’. Ocasio-Cortez describes herself as ‘working class’, as only an architect’s daughter who grew up in Yorktown Heights could. Two years into their Trump trauma, the New York Times and the rest needed a new pin-up. It was supposed to be the guy who pretends his name is ‘Beto’ but he lost to the guy who pretends his name is ‘Ted’. Ocasio-Cortez is an upgrade: she’s a real Hispanic.

    So gaga have they gone for the neophyte lawmaker, the media is even hallucinating Republican attacks on her. Last week an anonymous Twitter account snarkily tweeted a video of an undergraduate Ocasio-Cortez busting moves from the Breakfast Club. Without Republicans actually saying anything about the video, the media splurged out dozens of stories about a GOP smear against Ocasio-Cortez based on a single tweet from someone calling themselves @AnonymousQ1776.

    But the press is in love; and as well as imagining right-wing conspiracies against their girl, they also conveniently avoid a rather inconvenient truth: she’s not all that bright. Love means never having to say, ‘You’re an idiot’. No, I know it’s not a nice thing to say but I am simply applying the media’s template for reporting on conservative women — and, besides, lots of not-nice things are still true.

    Yes, Ocasio-Cortez is young and new to politics and on The Good Side but she is responsible for a trail of gaffes that would see her daily lampooned by the media and the Twitter mob if she had an R rather than D after her name. Like the time she said the ‘three chambers of government’ were ‘the presidency, the Senate and the House’. The three branches of government are the executive, the legislative and the judicial. Or the time she was campaigning for a Democrat in Kansas City and pledged that ‘we’re gonna flip this seat red in November’.

    Those are minor brain freezes but she’s not much better on big ticket items. She has claimed that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ‘is required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees every single night and that number has only been increasing since 2009’. The law requires ICE to have 34,000 beds available every night, not to round up 34,000 illegal immigrants to fill them. It’s like a hospital having to keep a set number of beds available; the doctors aren’t expected to go out ramming passing cars to fill a patient quota.

    She told an interviewer: ‘Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.’ First off, that’s not how unemployment figures work. Secondly, as PolitiFact noted, there are at most seven million Americans with more than one job, multiple jobs have not been at a particularly high rate for years, and ‘people who might be working 70 or 80 hours a week amount to a tiny percentage of a tiny percentage’.

    Appearing on the Daily Show last August, she simpered: ‘Just last year we gave the military a $700 billion budget increase, which they didn’t even ask for.’ The defence budget rose by $61 billion, not $700 billion. $700 billion is the entire defence budget. And, while we’re at it, they did ask for it. Then she hailed the Democrats’ victory in Georgia’s 6th congressional district despite being ‘outspent 5-1’. In fact, the Democrats outspent the Republicans in that election.

    Last month, she tweeted that a universal health insurance system could be two-thirds funded by ‘$21 trillion in Pentagon accounting errors’. She had confused cumulative transfers for actual expenditure which should have been obvious since, as the fact-checkers pointed out, ‘the data suggests that the Pentagon hasn’t spent $21 trillion in the entire history of the United States’. Asked about her military expenditure errors, Ocasio-Cortez said: ‘I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.’

    Why, Republicans are entitled to ask, isn’t she being ridiculed the way Sarah Palin was? Why isn’t the basic bolshevik being sent up by Saturday Night Live week after week? Republicans, because they’re Republicans, will instinctively blame liberal media bias. It’s really about culture, though. Media people know a lot more Ocasio-Cortezes than Palins; in fact, most don’t know any Palins. They don’t work with, live with, socialise with, or hook up with people who disagree with them. Ocasio-Cortez looks like someone from their circle of friends; Palin looks like something out of the Dukes of Hazzard.

    More than that, they suspect Ocasio-Cortez gets up the noses of all those toothless banjo-duellers and Russia-brainwashed white supremacists who make up that bit of America between Fresno and the Upper West Side. They are on the wrong side of history and Ocasio-Cortez is post-Trump America: young, progressive, non-white and contemptuous of history and tradition. The internet abounds with articles extolling her facility for trolling conservatives. The aesthetics of antagonism — my enemy’s enemy is my ideal president — will only divide the nation more and Ocasio-Cortez’s conviction that she is right even when her facts are wrong is a sign that post-Trump America won’t be all that post-Trump.
    (c) The Spectator 2019

  15. “Kamala Harris … ruthless and unprincipled,

    She is foul. She almost makes me nostalgic for HRC.”

    No kidding. KH comes across as more bloodthirsty and all around cunty than even Clinton, even with her bodycount.

  16. Daniel Ream

    “Gentlemen, what do we not stick our dicks in?”

    Very fine advice. But let’s face it, we are not often good at taking good advice…..

  17. She Guevara is the best nickname I’ve heard for her.

    Ha! Very clever.

    @David Moore
    She has the ‘Pretty Privilege’. Attractive enough to not get told she is a complete idiot while growing up.

    Guess we can blame that on the Patriarchy… 🙁

    @Pcar

    That *was* a good article. Can’t remember ever having read anything by this Stephen Daisley before… will have to keep an eye out for that name.

  18. This is how tribal loyalty works. She may be dumb as hell but smart tribal elders tell her what to do and what not to do.

    Loyalty is everything. She may be serial killer, but until she is loyal to her ethnic group, her voters do not care. They got access to power and this is the only thing what matters.

    Entire world outside Anglozionist Empire works like this. My town major is little corrupt and we still keep voting for him because he is anti immigration and we consider High Treason greater sin than messy town finances.

  19. AOC is simply too young to be competing with Harris now. The age gap is 25 years. Harris will be 56 in 2020, about the age at which LBJ and Nixon were elected in 1964 and 1968, and slightly older than Bush II in 2000.

    Three of the four most recent presidents, including Trump, were born in 1946. Clinton was the first, elected at 46 in 1992 (22 years G. H. W. Bush’s junior). Twenty-four years later, another 1946-born is in the White House. It could change in 2020 (or get worse: Joe Biden was born in 1942) but it’s unlikely that Trump’s challenger will have been born later than the early 1970s.

    I’m not convinced AOC is “stupid”. Ignorant, probably, which is curable with some effort.

  20. AOC is simply too young to be competing with Harris now.

    I’m not so sure. I think inter-generational jockeying for the levers of power will feature heavily in western democracies in the coming years.

  21. I think inter-generational jockeying for the levers of power will feature heavily in western democracies in the coming years.

    If Trump wins in 2020 or a Democratic oldster like Biden or Warren beats him, AOC could jump the queue and run in 2024.

  22. “If Trump wins in 2020 or a Democratic oldster like Biden or Warren beats him, AOC could jump the queue and run in 2024.”

    If Trump has won in 2020 then yes AOC ‘could’ be a contender in a open contest for both sides. She turns 35 in October 2024 so would I assume just squeeze past the 35 age barrier to be President.

    But if the Dems win in 2020 how likely is the incumbent to be prepared to stand down in 2024 and not run for a 2nd term?

    If I were the Reps I’d let her build up a head of steam, keep VERY quiet, and let her be a loose cannon within the Democratic Party, because she’s already p*ssing off her own side, so even by 2024, certainly by 2028 she’ll have shot her bolt. The media will have moved on, and the enemies she’s already piling up will do her in at some point.

    The other point to consider is money – running for Pres takes $$$ and she’s not got it, so someone is going to have to stump it up. How likely are the big money donors on the Left to bankroll a candidate who is promising to tax them to the hilt? Leftists, especially rich ones like to hang on to their wealth, whatever they say about social justice etc. Obama never threatened Old Money, and they were prepared to back him, are they going to do the same for a Socialist who is publicly gunning for them and their ilk?

  23. Politics is the art of winning votes. I don’t think AOC is too young. In fact, youth is an important USP for her. Look at what Caminski is doing across the pond. She makes Alexandra look like Queen Solomon.

  24. As Napoleon (the original one) is reputed to have said “Never interfere when your enemy is destroying themselves.”
    Or words to that effect.

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