The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Show attempts to turn her district upset into a national movement.
The traveling Ocasio-Cortez show reminds me of how Obama got his start toward the White House by campaigning for other Democrats. The problem is that Barack Obama payed a center-left kind of politician. And, frankly, when he got in the national spotlight, he sounded more intelligent than she does. Perhaps she can get some coaching to make her sound like she knows what she’s talking about.
U.S. News reports, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Risky Road Show.“
Abdul El-Sayed is currently running third in Michigan’s Democratic primary for governor.
The 33-year-old former Detroit health commissioner is young, progressive, Muslim and an undeniable underdog.
But he also happens to be one of eight candidates around the country who have earned the blessing of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialist wunderkind from New York City who convulsed the political world by pulling off the upset of the year in her late June primary defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley.
In the month since her win, Ocasio-Cortez has gotten too big to stay put in the Bronx. She’s become an instant celebrity of the Democratic resistance as well as a prime pinata for right wing adversaries seizing on her every utterance.
And now her show is on the road, as she lends support to a brigade of start-up insurgents she hopes to help lift into her fold. Last weekend, she trekked from Kansas to Missouri to rally for three congressional candidates. This weekend, she’ll hit four cities in Michigan to campaign for El-Sayed.
“She’s certainly validated the brand of politics that we’re engaged in. Unapologetic, honest, focused on speaking truth to power, and inspiring and engaging voters who felt locked out of the system for a long time,” El-Sayed says. “I think she brings a certain energy and validity to that approach. A lot of folks in the Democratic establishment tell you . . . the only way you win is speaking right to the middle of Democratic issues. We’ve got to be a lot more focused on the issues that real people are talking about and not these talking points. She’s shown how it’s done.”
The idea behind her national tour is to make her moment more than an anomaly in a single liberal enclave where she’s heavily favored to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. It’s to try to show that a rising tide of unrepentant liberalism can flourish from the surfing beaches in Hawaii to the corn fields in Kansas.
Ocasio-Cortez’s double-digit victory was surely powerful, but there’s healthy reason to wonder whether it’s transferable.
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