Above, that’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this morning at CWA District 1’s annual conference in NJ, her first public appearance since winning the NY-14 Democratic primary. This will surely piss off the Democratic political professional I had a long exchange with yesterday – you know her, but I won’t embarrass her here – who refers to progressives as the “toxic left” and those of us delighted by this 28-year-old Democratic Socialist’s win as “cult-of-personality” types. Of course, she was a YUGE Hillary Clinton person, I mean if you really want to discuss cult-of-personality. Nevertheless, I want to see this woman (the political consultant, not Hillary) as an ally. Even when she’s insulting me and a lot of folks who vote like I do. Hell, I’ll even try to see Hillary as an ally, if she behaves like one.
Below, CD7 Dem nominee Tom Malinowski was also there – yesterday. I’m voting for Tom in November. And – On the other side of my universe of people I’d like to see as allies are some Green Party folks who focus their attentions on trying to get Greens elected to federal positions like the House & Senate, or even exec positions like President & Governor, instead of local races they have a better shot at actually winning which might help build a party that might someday compete successfully up-ballot. As I talk to Greens, good people all who I side with on issues, I see a small group given to absolutes. Their platform is glorious (yours is crap), their candidate is right on all the issues (yours is crap). If you championed somebody else in the primary (I did) then vote for the (not terribly progressive) Democratic nominee like I’m voting for Malinowski, you’re a neo-lib (or a a neo-lib enabler), and you must worship George Norcross and Steve Sweeney (um). Malinowski, also a neo-lib, ditto Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Yup. Because these folks I talk to don’t see Democratic Socialists as reliably progressive. Sigh. The difference is, Ocasio-Cortez is going to Congress (the GOP can’t stop her in Nov), progressive DSA Marine Lee Carter won a state seat in Virginia, a fresh crop of amazing DSA women won primaries in PA. DSA is actually winning seats all over. (So they must be crap).
Now, all that DSA win has my Hillary fan friend – and my Green friends – unsettled. Hillary fan insists Ocasio-Cortez won’t play everywhere (LOL tell that to NY-15 – or, you know, the Midwest) – and if we think her appeal extends outside NY-14, we’re the downfall of the Democratic Party. Well, I’d say the Democrats are already doing a fine job of self-inflicting enough wounds to make their own downfall. But beyond that, she means commies or whatever her team can scare voters with. But what I mean is candidates who have a forward-thinking mission that resonates with people, and can light people up with it. Something that someone like Hillary had trouble with. Also, all this Ocasio talk has my Green friends frustrated and mad at me for suggesting they haven’t reached critical mass yet to generate the resources, vote strength, or credibility to launch somebody to Congress like DSA just did (join DSA here).
I have a Facebook headache from this. I’m voting Malinowski in November, I think AOC rocks, and screw it, I’m going to the beach.