An outgoing centrist Democratic senator just attacked Ocasio-Cortez and her response is epic


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.
Now, Representative Ocasio-Cortez has responded to McCaskill’s comments by expressing her own disappointment at being unfairly objectified by the departing Senator and pointing out that McCaskill’s own defeat may have been rooted in her insistence on parroting Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda against the progressive tide sweeping her own state.
The Congresswoman soon to represent parts of The Bronx and Queens in the House also accused the departing two-term senator of covering up Republican complicity in propping up the Trump regime by disclosing that, in private, GOP senators will admit to the president’s genuine insanity.
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez obviously represents a very different constituency than Senator McCaskill has, with her urban district more diverse and open to new solutions than the primarily rural base that McCaskill has warned Democrats against abandoning.
McCaskill’s centrist strategy and concessions to Trump supporters in her state, however, proved inadequate to motivate a sufficient number of Missouri voters to return her to a third term in the Senate, while Ocasio-Cortez’s energetic advocacy for progressive causes has brought her and the issues she is promoting to the forefront of the political conversation.
Perhaps, the difference in their respective election results should teach the Democratic party which direction they should emphasize as they move forward and try to address the primary issue that the base of the party cares most about: reversing the disastrous policies of the Trump administration and setting the nation back in the direction of progress and equality of opportunity for all, not just the beneficiaries of the rigged Republican system supporting their wealthy donors at the expense of everyone else.
This is the Democratic party that Representative Ocasio-Cortez will help lead into the future as an essential component of a diverse and effective movement.

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