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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been discussed in other threads but since she is becoming more of a media sensation, I have created her own thread. Whatever your political feelings are about her, there is no denying that the 29 year-old is articulate, knows how to Twitter effectively, and has a passionate following that is resembling a populist movement...a young version of Bernie Sanders, perhaps. The New York Times had a recent article on her entitled, Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not
From the NYT: "In the two months since her election, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has had the uncanny ability for a first-term member of Congress to push the debate inside the Democratic Party sharply to the left, forcing party leaders and 2020 presidential candidates to grapple with issues that some might otherwise prefer to avoid."
After Trump's Oval office address, she appeared on Rachel Maddow's show, and it was the most watched show ever on the Rachel Maddow show. She was very, very good. I watched her. She is indeed a media darling now. You can read more about her appeal in the NYT article, but on the conservative side, there is fear as depicted by this Fox News headline: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the voice of an ignorant generation
The Fox News opinion article addresses her grasp of economics and foreign policy: "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ignorance of economics and foreign affairs typifies her generation. Despite holding expensive degrees in both Economics and International Relations from Boston University, Ocasio-Cortez threw up her hands in exasperation during an interview on Margaret Hoover’s “Firing Line” program, laughing, “I’m not the expert on geopolitics.” Fortunately for her, in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king; and among a blithely ignorant generation, the lightly educated activist is congresswoman."
There are many articles flattering to her in the liberal media and many equally non-complimentary articles about her in Fox News and other right wing media. She certainly has the media's attention and in that respect is a challenge to Donald Trump because she is educated, knows how to speak and write to be understood instead of mocked, and definitely has pushed the Democratic Party presidential hopefuls to the left -- to discuss topics that normally would make a politician uncomfortable.
For that I give her high marks. She is a refreshing voice, and she will not be quieted.