Socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently explained how the far left can copy her strategy for success, and it has nothing to do with convincing voters to support her bright “new” ideas.
Essentially, the woman Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez calls the “future” of the party wants to create new voters who align with her “progressive” politics – the same strategy union bosses have promoted for years.
A moderator at a recent Democracy Now! event asked Ocasio-Cortez to lay out how she managed to unseat Joe Crowley, chair of the house Democratic Caucus, during the primary for New York’s 14th congressional district, and here’s what she had to say.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admits that she can only win by expanding the electorate.
She says she can’t win with people in the center or by convincing people that her ideas are the best. pic.twitter.com/OFTLzVbX6A
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“I do think that the way we won in New York 14 is a model for how we can win almost anywhere,” the 28-year-old said, adding that she was aware the “New York political machine” was not on her side.
“I knew that if we were going to win the way that progressives win on an unapologetic message is by expanding the electorate. That’s the only way that we can win strategically. It’s not by rushing to the center, it’s not … spending all of our energy trying to win over people who have different opinions,” she said.
“It’s by expanding the electorate, speaking to those that feel disenchanted, dejected, cynical about our politics and letting them know that we’re fighting for them.”
Flashback to 2009, when Service Employees International Union Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina – leader of the Democratic Socialists of America – explained at an “America’s Future Now!” conference how the “expand the electorate” approach favors the far left.
“Now as you know, the negative tone of the immigration debate has created intense interest in the Latino and immigrant community. We in the last election had the largest turnout of Latino voters in our history. And everything tells us these voters fully intend to become engaged into the elections in the future. They have tasted what it is like to participate and win and they are not going to go away,” he said, according to EAGnews.
“Now, when they voted in November (2008), they voted overwhelmingly for progressive candidates. Barack Obama got two out of every three voters that showed up and so I think there’s two things, very quickly, that matter for the progressive community,” Medina continued.
“One, if we are to expect this electorate to win, the progressive community needs to be solidly on the side of immigrants. That will solidify and expand the progressive coalition for the future,” he said. “Two, we reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million on the path to citizenship and eventually voters. Can you imagine if we have even the same ratio – two out of three – eight million new voters that care about our issue and will be voting.
“We will create a governing coalition for the long-term, not just for an election cycle.”
Is it any wonder why Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign centered on abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and creating a path to citizenship for both legal and illegal immigrants? She also wants a government job guarantee, free public college for everyone, government run prisons, and more restrictions on gun owners.
Ocasio-Cortez faces Republican St. John’s University economics professor Anthony Pappas in the November 6 general election, though New York’s 14th congressional district has six times as many Democrats as Republicans, making Ocasio-Cortez’s victory virtually guaranteed.