Troublesome Priests

A couple of weeks ago I speculated that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be more of a thorn in the side of the Democrats than Republicans. Yesterday I read this:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has infuriated colleagues by aligning with a progressive outside group that’s threatening to primary entrenched Democrats. Now some of those lawmakers are turning the tables on her and are discussing recruiting a primary challenger to run against the social media sensation.

At least one House Democrat has been privately urging members of the New York delegation to recruit a local politician from the Bronx or Queens to challenge Ocasio-Cortez.

“What I have recommended to the New York delegation is that you find her a primary opponent and make her a one-term congressperson,” the Democratic lawmaker, who requested anonymity, told The Hill. “You’ve got numerous council people and state legislators who’ve been waiting 20 years for that seat. I’m sure they can find numerous people who want that seat in that district.”

She poses problems to the Democrats on two fronts. Firstly, she is drawing attention to real, existing social and economic problems that both parties have ignored for years. She has a habit of taking to Twitter and discussing things with her 2.7m followers that establishment Democrats would rather stay buried:

Which party do you think the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos support? Which candidate do you think Google and Twitter favour in a presidential election? I suspect a few establishment Democrats have received sharp words from powerful donors with respect to putting a leash on this Latina upstart, and she’s having none of it. On the contrary, she seems bent on unseating some of her party colleagues.

It goes without saying that AOC’s solutions to problems either real or imagined are insane. When it comes to actual policy she’s about as well-informed as you’d expect for any product of the American education system, but that doesn’t matter. Bernie Sanders thought socialism was a cure for America’s ills, but that didn’t mean he was wrong when he criticised the corrupt, crony capitalism that underpins corporate America and the difficulty millions face finding decent work. This so dented Hillary’s run for Democrat party nominee she had to resort to skulduggery to secure it (which in her case is a bit like saying a career thief had to resort to stealing in order to make a living). When a socialist candidate appears on the political left and starts pointing out obvious problems and the hypocrisy of those who occupy the centre, it’s not the opposition party which feels the heat but the establishment left. On whom has Corbyn’s Momentum wrought more damage: the Conservatives or New Labourites?

The second problem is the Democrats desperately need a presidential candidate who is not a raving lunatic. Thus far we have Elizabeth Warren who is laughably inept, and Kamala Harris who has staked out her stall way over on the left, probably to outflank Warren and Sanders. The only centre-left candidates on the horizon are Joe Biden (who is my father’s age) and Tulsi Gabbard who has been ostracised for wrongthink. Any sensible Democrat candidate who puts themselves forward will have to contend with AOC’s Twitter army trashing them in favour of (probably) Harris. And woe betide them if they happen to be a white man with greying hair; he’ll be trying to talk about economics, foreign policy, and compromise while AOC and Harris will be shrieking about white supremacy, misogyny, and Nazis. He’ll not get a word in edgeways, and will receive the same treatment as McCain and Romney when they dared run against the Messiah. For this reason I’d be surprised if we see any white men putting themselves forward. Aside from being a rather large handicap going into the race, I’m not sure wealthy Democrat donors will like what they’re seeing. If the Democrats don’t rein in AOC and her fellow travelers soon, chequebooks will start closing.


14 thoughts on “Troublesome Priests

  1. Whether she’s a breath of fresh air in the political swamp, or an infantile and naive newcomer, my US friend texted, ” Alexandria Occasional Cortex (sic) has, at least, put an end to dumb blonde jokes.”

  2. “I’m not sure wealthy Democrat donors will like what they’re seeing. If the Democrats don’t reign in AOC and her fellow travelers soon, chequebooks will start closing.”

    Which is exactly what I said a few posts ago on AOC. Being a loudmouth on Twitter costs nothing, running for President costs millions, hundreds of millions. You don’t get that from a few mad socialist students and cat ladies, you need the wealthy elite to buy into you, and who is going to spend their money trying to get a candidate elected who promises to tax away every penny you have?

    All the likes of AOC are doing is drive the centre line of the Dems even further Left, and mean they move further and further from the electorate. Look at the UK – if it wasn’t for Corbyn and his bunch of loony lefties running Labour the Tories would be toast right now, as it is they’re still ahead in the polls (just) and stand a fighting chance of winning the next election, if they pull their fingers out. With even an Ed Millband in charge Labour would be out of sight right now.

  3. Rain in Spain
    Rein in a runaway horse
    Reign in a country

    I’m pendantic about these things

  4. With the Clinton crime family in the picture the bug-eyed dancer might stand in some danger. The Toxic Two have never spectated the suicide of someone with so many spotlights aimed tho’. But it is not impossible. An auto-erotic choke out could be arranged –a la the late David Carradine ( very suspicious in its own right)– which would end her trouble-making and largely discredit her. Would be very risky tho’ with so much attention around.

  5. I’m pendantic about these things

    Fair enough, good spot. I do know the difference only I wrote it in a hurry. I’ve got exams next week, y’know!

  6. Regardless of anything happening around her she is handicapped by being terribly dim to the point of being retarded, knowing how to tweet on hot topic issues will only carry her so far as she is a lighter,skinnier Diane abbot when it comes to numeracy and general smarts.

  7. I’m surprised about her comment regarding the tech monopolies and threats to good journalism. How are they impeding her goals?

  8. I’m surprised about her comment regarding the tech monopolies and threats to good journalism.

    My guess is she’s read some of the tweets from the HuffPost women who’ve been polishing her handle for the past few months, and has jumped on the anti-tech scapegoat without having the faintest idea what she’s on about.

  9. I’m pendantic about these things

    Fair enough, good spot. I do know the difference only I wrote it in a hurry.

    I think zut alors wrote ‘pedantic’ in a hurry as well. 😉

  10. A couple of years ago there was an article in, I think, The Atlantic that said, basically, that Trump’s supporters took him seriously but not literally, while his critics took him literally but not seriously.

    The Right is doing pretty much the same thing to AOC as the Left did to Trump. It’s both dangerous and wrong to regard her as a moron. She’s not. She’s playing the Right the same way Trump plays the Left. They both make wild exaggerations that their critics take literally and think, ‘OMG I can’t even’ while their supporters point and laugh.

    On the eve of the election Trump had a 3% chance of winning. He was such a buffoon that he couldn’t possibly pull it off. Everyone knew that. Oh, wait.

  11. Caught this on Twitter a few days back, though he’s still sputtering on about it at the time of this writing.

    While Millheiser is admittedly a partisan hack, he is hysterical over the chance that Howard Schultz might throw his hat into the ring as an independent, spoiling the Democratic bid for president in 2020. How many donors do you suppose Schultz could muster? What are the odds we have a Ross Perot situation this go around?

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