Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has attracted a tremendous amount of attention with her surprise victory while promoting an avowed Democratic Socialist agenda over an incumbent liberal Democrat in the primaries, leading to her imminent swearing-in as the youngest member of the House of Representatives.
Her youth and outspoken advancement of progressive issues such as universal health care and opposition to Trump administration immigration policies have made her a target not just for Republicans, but also for the more conservative members of the traditionalist wing of the Democratic party.
Outgoing Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who was defeated in the midterms by the Trump-supporting Republican Josh Hawley, recently warned Democrats against placing too much political capital on progressive candidates like Ocasio-Cortez as the party heads towards the 2020 presidential election year.
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In an interview with CNN, Senator McCaskill had this to say about the dynamic and energetic new representative:
“I don’t know her,” McCaskill told the cable news outlet. “I’m a little confused why she’s the thing. But it’s a good example of what I’m talking about, a bright shiny new object, came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman.”“And so she’s now talked about a lot. I’m not sure what she’s done yet to generate that kind of enthusiasm, but I wish her well. I hope she hangs the moon. But I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issues that we can actually accomplish something on. The rhetoric is cheap. Getting results is a lot harder,” McCaskill concluded in a defense of her losing centrist orientation.
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