Democrats Need to Support Alexandra Ocasio-Ortiz or Be Quiet While She Leads the Way

Article by Guest Editor Alexandra Shiels

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[IMAGE: Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez during interview, looking leftward to camera and determined.

“Her policies are so far from the mainstream, her election in November would make it harder for Congress to stop fighting and start fixing problems.”

“Meteors fizz out.”

“If we as a Democratic Party are going to move from a minority at every level that is dedicated to resistance, to a majority that is capable of governing, we have got to move from grievance to optimism…and we’ve got to abandon a politics of anxiety that is characterized by wild-eyed proposals and instead deliver ideas and practical solutions.”

 

These cutting remarks aimed at Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (quoted from Joe Liberman, Alcee Hastings, and Chris Coons, respectively) aren’t being slung from Republicans, but from her fellow Democrats.

Ocasio-Cortez historic win, combined with her youth and outspokenness should galvanize the Democratic party or at the very least, not be met with this kind of insider sniping.  Ocasio’s bio is the stuff of American dreams. She was born in the Bronx and still lives there in a modest one-bedroom. She comes from a Puerto Rican family who sacrificed everything for their daughter’s education.

And she produced a soulful, viral campaign video which led to her Democratic primary win in New York’s 14th congressional district in June 2018. This win showed us that voters (not just liberal ones) are ready for politicians who don’t just speak in stale talking points who never had to work a job in retail or the service industry (like Ocasio-Cortez). Her working-class background combined with her fear in calling out corporatism is what we need if we want our party to represent (and perceived as) champions of the working class again.

Her platform is in-line with what many of us believed in: single-payer health care, equal rights for women, POC, gay, and trans people, justice system, immigration, and campaign finance reform. She’s even pushing for a New Green Deal to combat climate change.

Ocasio-Ortiz has electrified the Democratic party. Like her or not, she’s pushing out ideas and a platform that mainstream Democrats are too afraid or unwilling to vocal about. By pushing our party out of its complacency, she’s doing her job. If we consider ourselves the party of progress, we must be less resistant to those who challenge us to change.

Trump’s approval rating in the GOP is 89%. I’ve seen many Democrats say that he has high support because the GOP is shrinking. What polls do they use to support their claim?

Carter Moore

Carter Moore, Degree in Political Science, former Congressional aide and Federal employee

The most common one cited (because of its longevity and consistency) is Gallup’s party affiliation survey:

Source: Trump owns a shrinking Republican party (Brookings)

But when you take those self-described Independents’ partisan preferences into account, you don’t see a really major shift.

Related reading: Gabriel Guzman‘s answer to Independents are now the largest political bloc at 44%. How will this affect the short and long term future of the Democratic and Republican parties?

However, what Democrats and political forecasters are really looking at when saying that the Republican Party is “shrinking” are the demographics of the parties’ composition.

The Republican Party has a lock on rural, white-majority working class areas and older voters generally, but the long-term prospects of those electorates aren’t great. America is diversifying, becoming more educated, ever-moving into cities and suburbs, and the older, conservative generations will be replaced by liberal ones.

Now, prognosticators erred in thinking that these forces were going to come together in 2016 (eg, “The Old White Man’s Last Hurrah (TIME, 2016)”); but unless there’s a significant demographic realignment in the parties – and in the Republican Party specifically – they’re not wrong. (They were also caught off-guard by a reversal in minority voter turnout in 2016).

So even if you can kinda-sorta point to long-term measures of voter identification, it’s not really any particular poll that Democrats and others cite to say that the Republican Party is shrinking, but long-term demographic trends on top of their voting behavior.

Another Fox Host rejects the Trump Kool-aid

What’s happening at Fox?– Blogger question– fls

Trump Tweets: they’re good for what Ailes you, right Roger?

First there was Shepard Smith. Then there was Neil Cavuto.  Now there is this …

Fox News Host Says Donald Trump is to Blame for Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation

by Alexandra Hutzler, Newsweek — 9/1/18

[…]

But Fox News host Chris Wallace points out that the recusal of Sessions is not the reason for Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“Remember though, that the recusal of Sessions did not lead to the special counselit was the firing of Comey, of James Comey the FBI Director that lead to the appointment of the special counsel,” Wallace said in a segment on Fox News on Friday.

The only person the president can blame for that is himself,” Wallace added.

[…]

What in the world is going on over there in Fox-news-land?

A different editorial policy, that they must tell the Truth at least once per day?

A dose of reality, in the form of real world convictions, that has burst the ‘Witch Hunt’ bubble?

Or is it a dawning awakening, that eventually there will be a political world without Trump, and some there may need a bit more than “Trump Cheerleader” on their Resumes?

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Or it could just be that old truism:  Even a broken clock is right — twice a day.

At those rare moments when “alternative facts” and “reality” converge.

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Tic Tock, Fox.  Oh wait that’s for Clocks that actually tell the Time …

See this breathtaking photo from earlier today? from Giffords ‘COURAGE TO FIGHT GUN VIOLENCE’

Progressive Future blogger f.l. shiels:

This is from a worthy political action committee who may be over-interpreting, but what the hell. The symbolism here is obvious and quite powerful. The may be legitimate reasons why Justice “hopeful” Kavanaugh refused to shale the hand of a Parkland teen shooting “survivor Parent”, but I sure can see them and will be anxious to see if this makes the mainstream media.

 

Giffords

frederick –

See this breathtaking photo from earlier today? It’s the father of a young girl killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida trying to shake Brett Kavanaugh’s hand at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.


* Photo credit: Andrew Harnik, Associated Press

Sadly, Kavanaugh ignored him, buttoned his suit coat, and was ushered away.

The truth is, Brett Kavanaugh is a Second Amendment radical. He believes that limiting access to the weapon that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida is the same thing as limiting free speech.

We have to stop him. His confirmation threatens strong gun laws already passed in states like Connecticut, and it would threaten any gun safety legislation passed in the future by the next Congress.