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Is Ocasio-Cortez the Democratic version of Trump?

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Ocasio-Cortez's critics' mistake: They should learn from how liberals and conservatives failed to bring down Donald Trump

https://www.aol.com/article/news/20...ives-failed-bring-down-donald-trump/23634200/

What are Republicans to do when faced with an inexperienced, often underinformed, but charming and social media-savvy political opponent? This is the challenge facing Republicans in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman representative from New York’s 14th Congressional district.
Republicans face a confounding problem: attack her, and she only becomes more popular. Ignore her, and she will inevitably rise through the ranks of the Democratic Party, becoming an even greater threat down the road.

Ultimately, the best strategy for the GOP might be no strategy at all. Which is to say, learn from the failed attempts to undermine another inexperienced, uninformed, charming and social media-savvy politician whose current address is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has been something of a media darling since her surprise primary upset of 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley. Representing a fresh alternative to the staid Democratic establishment, she is a telegenic, believably genuine new face in politics with a keen eye for social media engagement. When someone aims at her on Twitter, she hits back with ferocity and intelligence. Her folksy Instagram live-streams rack up hundreds of thousands of viewers.

But what AOC has in PR savvy, she lacks in policy chops or even the basics of governance. Ocasio-Cortez has at times struggled to articulate in interviews, when pressed, how to fund and implement her more lofty progressive policy objectives. Her fallback is that nobody ever makes Republicans explain how they intend to pay for wars, so they should not similarly scrutinize domestic priorities. Her constitutional knowledge is, at best, Trumpian. Nor is she above threatening private citizens with the might of government.

Like Trump, however, none of that matters to her supporters. And that is a problem for Republicans.

Sensing a legitimate threat, or perhaps just seeking to calibrate their attacks on a doe-eyed political neophyte, conservatives have pursued the entirely counterproductive strategy of taking on AOC directly. Legitimate criticisms of her ignorance of policy and economics, and somewhat more tenuous attacks on her claims of poverty, and even her choice of clothes have been lobbed from the right.

Normally, dunking on democratic socialists who wear nice suits is an easy way to score quick political points. Likewise for some of AOC’s more notable substantive policy gaffes.

But conservatives have underestimated the power of the social media halo and AOC has managed to turn the tables on critics. Sympathetic media coverage has also helped in that regard.

Simply ignoring AOC, however, will likely prove just as counterproductive. Giving her an unopposed platform will allow her to grow her supporters and lay the groundwork for higher political ambitions down the road that Republicans would struggle to stop.

Ironically, perhaps Republicans’ best hope comes from Nancy Pelosi and the establishment wing of the Democratic Party. Already attempting to bring the more disruptive freshmen elements of the party to heel, pragmatic senior party leadership has the most leverage over their nascent political careers. Mindful of purple state representatives and seats flipped in the 2018 midterms, they have not shown a great deal of warmth for newcomers’ more extreme progressive positions.

Whether Democratic leadership isolates and freezes out AOC and her more far-left ideas or assimilates her into the Democratic Borg with promises of plum committee posts if she plays nice, Pelosi and Democratic higher-ups are the best friends Republicans have in containing a still-unbowed AOC.

To take on an unconventional politician, Republicans must be cautious and learn from their experience on the rise of Donald Trump. To blunder headlong into direct attacks on Ocasio-Cortez simply leaves Republicans open to another embarrassing defeat at the hands of a political rookie.
 

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"Sandy"
 

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2nd Amendment?
If you have an offending appendage, cut it off?
Turn the other cheek?
Get closer to it and trip it, from with-in?

There's no ignoring this wench and I've picked up on what she's doing:
Best that I can describe it

Her platform has taken ideas we've heard while growing up, some arguably can be taken on a positive note, but she has spin on these ideas, spin that always costs people more money in the end, her spin is an emotional one that entangles the poor by offering hand-outs, etc, and these spins always take the beginning idea, if she hasn't already spun that off, and it always leads back to her base, Hyper-Progressivism, which only leads towards Communism and I have no doubt, these folks would be happy with a life-time dicktater to run the entire program

so, I digress

Listen to what she presents, now how she presents it, and you'll hear what I mean. She starts out attempting to re-run ideas from the past, she spins them with some type of emotion, then moves into sounding completely intelligent, then spins it all around into how they will take us to a 'better place' one where the government can do it all for us, blah blah blah

It's a very good style as it takes 'conservative ideas', and allows for the re-spin into 'socialism', all the while, selling this idea as something that has been needed for years, yet this approach is Brand New, oh yeah, and It's Smart, and what with all the poor folks we have around these days, etc you'd be stoopid and outdated and ostracized if you don't agree, we can even shame you into submitting to our force,, er, leadership

then she brushes right past the fact, her ideas are going to cost us Trillions to implement.

Goody, They're Going To Build Our Cages For Us, In Front Of Us, While We Give Them All The Money They Want, Just To Be Sure They Build The Cages Strong Enough



she's a parrot for someone / something else
she's NOT original, in any way
 

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She might well be, I wonder how Trump will handle it when everybody else sinks to his level, that will be a show.
 

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She might well be, I wonder how Trump will handle it when everybody else sinks to his level, that will be a show.
What level is that Mr. Rat?
 

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There is beer in my keyboard, thank you.
Right after you clean it up feel free to prove me wrong or join the long list of losers who can't.
 

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Sandy is simply the new female political version of Obama, and though hard to believe, even dumber...
 

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Sandy is simply the new female political version of Obama, and though hard to believe, even dumber...
Nope, Obama was a "Business as usual democrat" with a darker complexion, still owned by Israel, AOC is not an Israeli puppet like 95% of Washington D.C., and that is a giant difference.
 

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The truth is that Sandi is so dumb she doesn't even realize who she is parroting for...
 

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People who voted for her should not be allowed to vote again, amazingly fuking stupid woman
Considering most voters in her district are dead, illegal or pitifully stupid, you are very correct.