Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked the Democratic political establishment right down to its foundation Tuesday night, after she defeated powerbroker Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. The seismic jolt was felt all the way to California, right to the doorstep of party leader Nancy Pelosi.
The “after-shock” of what comes next for the Democratic Party and the future of its aging leaders like Pelosi are still not clear. However the stunning defeat of the 56-year old, 10-term Queens incumbent wasn’t a fluke, losing decisively by a 57% majority, to the 28-year old Bernie supporter from the Bronx.
Cortez, a member of the radical leftwing Democratic Socialists of America Party ran a “bare-bones no frills” campaign, was outspent by a margin of roughly 10 to 1, by the New York Democratic machine.
Her platform was quite simple and direct, almost mirroring that of Socialist Sanders, “We have had our country on autopilot and we’ve been accepting what’s been happening,” she told news outlet Refinery29 earlier this month. “And what’s happening in this country is indicative that we need new leadership. We need new leadership in the Democratic Party and we need new leadership in the country.”
Cortez continued, “We beat a machine with a movement, and that is what we have done today. Working-class Americans want a clear champion and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018.”
Adding, “The Trump administration is a threat to everything we stand for here in Queens and the Bronx, and if we don’t win back the House this November, we will lose the nation we love, this is why we must come together. We will only be able to stop Donald Trump and the Republican Congress by working together, as a united Democratic Party.”
The radical leftist has called for the elimination of all U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements policies against Illegal aliens, including the total abolishment of ICE. Which if ever actually implemented would end America’s sovereignty as a nation, and hurl our national security interests into chaos.
Cortez’s surprise win at the very least fuels another distraction for established Democrats this November, with no clear policy message of their own, except to obstruct and resist the President’s policies. Democrats now find themselves in a precarious position, being pushed even further to the far left.
Moreover Crowley’s sizable defeat in New York’s 14th Congressional District showed he ran a lackluster campaign, and wasn’t in tune with the voters, who apparently saw something new and fresh in Cortez. The New York Times which covered the race extensively pointed out Crowley took the young charismatic socialist for granted choosing to debate her only once during the entire campaign, which may have sealed the deal for Cortez.
Jim Newell writing for the online website Slate compared the stunning victory of Cortez’s to that of unknown Republican Dave Brat in 2014, when he defeated the “invincible House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Newell also points out there’s no clear successor to Pelosi. If the party should recapture the House, and attempt to force Pelosi to resign, which would no doubt cause a clash between the two factions.
“In the short term, Pelosi may have crossed another potential challenger off of her list, but the bigger picture can’t be good for the existing Democratic leadership structure,” Newell writes. “Crowley, for all his accumulated power, just got taken out on the mantra of generational change. This presents an argument, for Pelosi’s detractors in the conference, that the rest of the leadership should follow suit.”
However regardless of who’s the leader within the Democratic Party, they still need to run on the issues, and although Cortez trounced Crowley in the primary, America isn’t ready for a Socialist to govern America like Venezuela, and hopefully never will.