Saturday, July 7, 2018

Are Democratic-Socialists the New Tea Party?

By Weekly Standard, July 05, 2018

On June 26, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off an upset victory against Incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley, a senior Democrat who had been floated as a replacement for Nancy Pelosi. Ocasio-Cortez is a Democratic Socialist who ran on a platform that involved abolishing ICE, Medicare for all, doing a one-time cancellation student loan debt, and other goodies.

The superficial comparison here was obvious: In 2014, Dave Brat primaried then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor from the right, both demonstrating GOP antipathy towards the party establishment and the power immigration would have as an issue in the 2016 presidential primary. But the more interesting question is how Ocasio-Cortez and the rise of Democratic-Socialists in the party compares with the Tea Party movement in 2010.
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