There is Something Very Strange About the Ocasio-Cortez “Victory”

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“… this triumph is particularly unique considering incumbent rates for reelection to the U.S. House hover near 90 percent since 1964, and in 2016 it was 97 percent. So Ocasio-Cortez beat the odds, but why?

Despite Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist label, the issues played a relatively minimal role. Both candidates seemed to agree on nearly everything except abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and impeaching President Donald Trump (something Pelosi herself opposes).

Crowley had a track record and certainly wasn’t a moderate Democrat. He co-sponsored the Medicare for All Act and legislation to make the federal minimum wage $15 an hour. At the local level, he supported closing the Rikers Island prison and brought substantial federal funding to the Queens and Bronx areas (Ocasio-Cortez admitted as much after her victory)…

While Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign arguably went negative highlighting his gaffs, Crowley’s campaign never attacked because his campaign never felt she was a threat. The Crowley congressional campaign’s last poll was conducted three weeks before election day and it found him 36 points ahead.

Voter turnout was depressed, which was to Ocasio-Cortez’s advantage. According to political scientist Matthew J. Streb, low voter turnout favors the anti-establishment because they are typically highly engaged and know the issues; only 13 percent of registered voters turned out in the primary…

However, Ocasio-Cortez’s major advantage was her motivating life story which her campaign brilliantly promoted. Ocasio-Cortez told a touching, unique story about her humble background in her campaign video by saying “women like me aren’t supposed to run for office.” This Cinderella story clearly struck a chord with her campaign video going viral.” The Hill July 3 2018

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Ocasio-Cortez made her hardscrabble roots a prominent feature of her campaign, and bragged to late-night host Stephen Colbert that President Donald Trump wouldn’t know how to handle a ‘girl from the Bronx’ such as herself.

Critics bore down hard after the New York Times revealed on Wednesday that she had moved to the home in Westchester at age five – a fact obscured in her official campaign biography.

Identity politics duped the left. They got a Westchester girl that campaigned as the Bronx,‘ Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor to Trump’s reelection campaign, wrote on Sunday in a tweet, citing a DailyMail.com report on the controversy.

Now Ocasio-Cortez explains that her father, an architect who ran a business focused on remodeling and renovation, did not make the move with her and her mother, leaving her caught between the city and the suburbs. 

My dad had a small family business in the Bronx, and the rest of my whole family stayed there. So I grew up between two worlds, shuttling between the Bronx and Yorktown most of my life,’ she said.

‘It was that experience that allowed me to internalize at an early age that the zip code a child in born in determines much of their opportunity; and that was an early motivating factor for me to work for community change,’ she continued.

‘As soon as I graduated college and had a choice of my own, I moved back home to the Bronx to work in the community and be with my family to help raise the little ones in my family.’ Daily Mail July 2 2018

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She had helped launch Flats Fix, a tacos and craft cocktail spot in Manhattan, while pondering what to do next.”..

She’d worked with Bronx progressives and the Democratic Socialists of America to lobby Crowley’s office”..

Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, among the progressive groups that had urged her to run, ended up staffing her campaign.”..

“In her campaign videos and posters, designed by friends from New York’s socialist circles, she came out for the abolition of ICE, universal Medicare, a federal jobs guarantee and free college tuition. The ads also made it clear that she was a different candidate – a young Latina from the Bronx, not a white man from Queens. The posters, which she said were designed to look “revolutionary,” were bilingual and centered her face; her viral campaign video, created by a socialist team called Means of Production, began with her saying that “women like me aren’t supposed to run for office,” over an image of her getting ready for the day in a busy apartment building.”…

“The only time we create any kind of substantive change is when we reach out to a disaffected electorate and inspire and motivate them to vote,” Ocasio-Cortez told the left-wing magazine In These Times, in one of many interviews she gave as her campaign seemed to surge in the final weeks. “That is how [Barack] Obama won and got reelected, and that’s how Bernie Sanders did so well.” LA Times June 27 2018

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3 Responses

  1. Cui bono? Pelosi deputies consist (consisted) of only one that was not, like herself, almost 80 years old: Joseph Crowley.

    “Many expect House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to try to reclaim the speaker’s gavel, which she held for four years starting in 2007. But the 78-year-old San Francisco Democrat is a polarizing figure; Republicans have made her their boogeyman in the 2018 elections, and many Democrats think the party needs new leadership.

    There’s no shortage of other House Democrats with an eye on the speaker’s job, starting with her three deputies.

    • Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, has been Pelosi’s No. 2 for 15 years, so he would be the natural successor by seniority. And Hoyer has a loyal following within the Democratic caucus, thanks to years of work getting lawmakers plum committee assignments and votes on legislation. But as a 78-year-old from the East Coast, Hoyer may not represent the change in leadership that Democrats are looking for.

    • South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn is the No. 3 Democrat in the House. And as a southerner and the highest ranking African-American in Congress, he could help the party build its strength as Democrats seek to make inroads in traditionally GOP territory in part by increasing turnout among black voters. But Clyburn is also in his late 70s, and he’s been in Congress for more than two decades.

    • Rep. Joseph Crowley, a New Yorker who chairs the Democratic caucus, has also been positioning himself as a possible Pelosi successor. Like the other contenders, Crowley has been raising money for his party and campaigning for Democratic challengers across the country. At 56, Crowley could satisfy the demand for a younger leader, even though the 10-term Democrat is not exactly a fresh face in Congress.”

    Source: USA Today, 11 Apr 2018 — Who’s who in the race to become the next House speaker?

    • that is a very interesting take on the outcome of that primary contest. I hadn’t even thought about that aspect of it. I had heard he was a contender to replace Pelosi even potentially moving past neoliberal Hoyer in the line of succession, but it never occurred to me just how convient Ocasio-Cortez’ victory was for the establishment Dems in the House. Thank you for this.

      • I think you nailed it in your follow-up video. Ocasio-Cortez is being groomed as a powerful symbol. She proves the system works. That change is possible within the system. She reassures and convinces Dem-leaning Americans to waste their energy participating in the US political theater called democracy, while forgetting the DNC corruption (revealed very publicly in 2016) and the effective Duopoly of the last 100 years. She is Lucy, teeing up the football for Progressive Charlie Brown and yet another of his futile attempts at kicking it.

        Ocasio-Cortez’s victory also served to politically disappear Joseph Crowley. I think Crowley’s support for something (Medicare-for-all?) was deemed too dangerous for the powers-that-be. We’ll know more when we can compare the records of the forthcoming new speaker and that of Crowley. We already know that Pelosi opposed Medicare-for-all, despite its bipartisan popularity with Americans. I suspect the new speaker will have very similar positions to those of Pelosi.

        I watched Jimmy Dore’s video with Ro Khanna (audio interview), where Dore, like Lee Camp, described Crowley as a corporate Dem. But Khanna found him to be admirable. I don’t think Dore and Camp had any inkling that Ocasio-Cortez would win; i.e., I think they’re just being hopelessly naive. The odds of her winning, like all challengers to incumbents, were terrible and polling proved it. Are Dore and Camp not a little skeptical of this miracle?! And have they already forgotten the results of eight years of a “progressive” Dem presidency? What effect is a twenty-something rookie House member going to have in the scheme of things?

        (Note that in the Dore video, Khanna essentially says that the Justice Dems have no leverage over him and that he doesn’t feel pressure or obligation to endorse other JD-supported candidates. Thus, JD is basically worthless as an anti-establishment organization. But it helps the establishment because JD, like Ocasio-Cortez, has some symbolic value; it herds some disaffected Dems back into the fold. Khanna says it is dumb for politicians like him to endorse other candidates, especially those that are running against incumbents like Crowley. Because Khanna must work face-to-face with these incumbents before and, most likely, after elections.)

        The powers-that-be provide Democrats with lots of celebrity symbols* that prove the system works, that reassure us that our press will eventually uncover all of the establishment’s criminal conspiracies. Particularly effective are whistleblowers that have suffered for their acts, and that are _permitted_ to still have a voice. Here are a few examples of other powerful symbols:

        1. Daniel Ellsberg (anti-war hero that proactively covers up his CIA connections, see Counterpunch: “Will the Real Daniel Ellsberg Please Stand Up”)
        2. Seymour Hersh (gritty reporter, but has gentleman’s agreement with CIA not to reveal its secrets; he can generally report sensational isolated events involving CIA, but must avoid revealing broader organizational aspects behind the events)
        3. Glenn Greenwald (Ellsberg for Millennials; exemplifies several “Compatible Left” media celebrities that are funded by tycoons — this employment arrangement subliminally endorses the exploitation and imperialism the tycoons are engaged in).

        *hat tip to Douglas Valentine, who discusses this in his latest book which I highly recommend, The CIA as Organized Crime.

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