I’m very much of the “what pisses off Republicans pleases me” crowd these days. In that vein, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is my heroine:
It hasn’t sunk in yet for the political establishment — and by that I mean not just the electeds, but the whole infrastructure of consultants and wingnut welfare types and staffs and so on — and the elite political media ecosystem, that they are a day late and a dollar short in the face of those who simply don’t accept their asserted authority.
AOC and many more did not come to the arena to play. She is no where near dumb enough to acquiesce to the pre-existing “rules”. Those norms are intended both to constrain policy, but, as important, to channel political warfare into forms that favor incumbent power.
This is the one true lesson Donald Trump absorbed, and now others have learned: don’t apologize. Attack.
Which is, of course, ever more vital when you are on the right side of history.
Image: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge, 1890.