I warned you. The kids think the only alternative to Trump is socialism---and now they have a star.
Democrats are racing to figure out how to handle Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose primary win over a longtime incumbent is set to shake up the party’s Washington establishment.-RW
Ocasio-Cortez’s shock victory over Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) made the 28-year-old an overnight sensation in the Big Apple and across the country, leading Democrats to bombard her with messages of congratulations and offers to cooperate in the future.
“The entire spectrum of House Democrats, party leadership, [campaign] leadership, is trying to assess what she wants to do and how ready she is to play ball,” said one Democratic source.
They want to know “how does her coming to Washington change my plan, or even help my plan?”
Democrats are largely thrilled to welcome the telegenic rising star to their ranks, though she is already ruffling some feathers.
Ocasio-Cortez plans to hit the campaign trail for at least three other Democratic candidates in primary races this year who are backed by Justice Democrats, a PAC that supports progressives.
That includes Missouri congressional candidate Cori Bush, a former teacher, registered nurse and pastor who is vying to unseat longtime Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay....
A source close to Ocasio-Cortez said the candidate is not interested in following the conventional Democratic playbook. What’s the point, the source said, or “we’re gonna get the same results we have had for the last decade.”...
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) predicted that Democrats will welcome Ocasio-Cortez, who served as a foot soldier in Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign. He noted that her surprise win is likely to earn her major respect within the conference....
self-described democratic socialist, Ocasio-Cortez seized on voters’ desire to topple the political establishment. Key components of her campaign include rejecting corporate PAC money, raising the minimum wage, banning private prisons and making Medicare available for all.
She is not expected to face a tough general election race, meaning that when she visits Washington to meet with Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and a handful of her early supporters, she can feel assured she is meeting with her future colleagues. The meeting is still in the works, but could come as early as next week.
“She’s going to be a rock star and a huge progressive force the first day she arrives,” said Khanna, a Bay Area liberal who endorsed both Ocasio-Cortez and Crowley in the primary.
Ocasio-Cortez will have enormous political firepower when she gets to Congress.
She boasts nearly 700,000 Twitter followers, far more than many members of Congress, and has shown a skill for handling the media. After her victory, her team said it was dealing with 1,000 media requests, and she quickly made the rounds not only on the news shows but in interviews on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert.
Lawmakers, aware of the clout she may yield, have already been reaching out to ask which caucuses she wants to join, whether she has leadership ambitions and what some of her broad ideas and goals might be, according to a Democratic source.