OCASIO-CORTEZ’S UPSET STUNNED THE ESTABLISHMENT……BUT IS IT REALLY A GOOD THING FOR THE DEMOCRATS?

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In a move reminiscent of Eric Cantor’s ouster from Congress at the hands of an unknown challenger several years ago, longtime Democrat stalwart Joe Crowley was knocked off last night by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old ultra progressive.

The upset was a stunner and surely a wake up call for the Democrats, but what does it actually mean?

Sure, Ocasio-Cortez won, and did it despite getting outspent by an incredible amount.

But it is an ultra liberal district covering parts of Queens and the Bronx, a territory that was never in play for Republicans in the first place.

Seems hard to believe that candidates on the absolute fringes of the left are going to be all that helpful in other parts of the country where the Democrats are trying to flip seats.

To illustrate my point, here is a short list of some of Ocasio-Cortez’s positions:

  • Medicare for all
  • Government funded college for all
  • Mandatory paid maternity and sick leave
  • Abolish ICE
  • Publicly funded elections

Oh, and here is what she had to say about the recent Israel/Palestinian dust up at the border:

“This is a massacre.

I hope my peers have the moral courage to call it such.

No state or entity is absolved of mass shootings of protesters. There is no justification. Palestinian people deserve basic human dignity, as anyone else.

Democrats can’t be silent about this anymore. This is a massacre.

I hope my peers have the moral courage to call it such.

No state or entity is absolved of mass shootings of protesters. There is no justification. Palestinian people deserve basic human dignity, as anyone else.

Democrats can’t be silent about this anymore.”

As a centrist who leans slightly right, I may think those ideas are a nightmare and that Ocasio-Cortez’s worldview is borderline insane.

I actually think that if her agenda were to be fully implemented, it would destroy the country almost completely.

You may agree or you may think Ocasio-Cortez’s vision is the greatest thing you have ever heard.

But the question that really matters is not whether her message resonates with you or me, but whether it resonates in key swing districts.

We saw how badly this burned Republicans in 2010 when candidates like Christine O’Donnell and Sharon Angle ruined very winnable races.

It could very well play out that way this time for Democrats.

Ocasio-Cortez should win the general election easily, but that is New York.

Will other hard-left candidates be able to do the same in parts of the country that are more amenable to moderates and centrists?

We will find out soon enough, but I sure as hell hope not.

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