Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a national name for herself not only by becoming the youngest congresswoman in Washington but by steamrolling a senior Democrat on her way to doing so. She primaried Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley on her way to stardom, a major upset that instantly made her the darling of the media. And if Axios is correct, AOC may be planning a similar coup in just a few years.
“Top Democrats tell ‘Axios on HBO’ they expect Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may eventually primary one of the two New York senators — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in 2022, or Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2024,” reports Mike Allen. “Why it matters: AOC has instantly become one of the party’s most coveted endorsers (up there with Clintons and Obamas) — and has recently made common cause with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a pairing that could take off.”
To be sure, this could be nothing more than Axios on HBO trying to pop a rating by talking to Democrats who are really just speculating by the divination of the stars. Certainly, Ocasio-Cortez and her team will deny this up and down. On the other hand, this could actually be emanating from the AOC camp. Maybe she’s sending out a trial balloon. Get some cable channels to run some polls and see how she would fare in a primary battle against Schumer or Gillibrand. Even if it doesn’t inspire her to steal their seats, it could give her even more power within the Democratic caucus.
Policy-wise, there’s very little to recommend Ocasio-Cortez for the Senate. What’s she done for New York? Drive Amazon jobs away? Cool, let’s give her a promotion. And her only major legislative package – the infamous Green New Deal – was dead on arrival. This stinking mass of socialist nonsense is, nonetheless, inspiring many 2020 Democrats to follow her lead. We won’t speculate on why New Yorkers like this kind of quasi-Communist prattle, but judging by the election of Ocasio-Cortez and Bill de Blasio, like it they must.
What is clear is that Ocasio-Cortez has no intention of limiting her rising star to the representation of her Bronx district. If she doesn’t have her targets set on the White House, we’ll eat our MAGA hats right now. Her ignorance and socialist worldview makes her a dangerous threat to the future of this country – even more so than an idiot like Chuck Schumer. Here’s hoping she gets sidetracked by Hollywood opportunities or a spot on MSNBC’s primetime lineup before she winds up in a position where she can do real damage to the nation.