by Frank Holmes, reporter
In the least reported election in U.S. history, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is running against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
No, Hillary didn’t come out of retirement to run for AOC’s Bronx-based congressional seat. In fact, their names aren’t on the ballot, but they’re fighting each other—tooth and nail—to see which one of them will control the future of the Democratic Party.
The two liberal ladies have turned the battleground state of Ohio into ground zero of a proxy war between the Democratic Party’s extreme socialist insurgents (led by AOC) and the party’s establishment (led by the Clinton family).
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The battlefield is a reliably Democratic congressional seat in northeastern Ohio currently held by Rep. Marcia Fudge. When Joe Biden named her the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, her seat opened up—and AOC and her far-Left allies ran in to elect another member of the Squad.
They endorsed Nina Turner, a radical state senator who co-chaired Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. She says she wants to let most criminals out of jail without bail, “defund the police,” and replace Medicare with a socialist-style “Medicare for All.”
AOC personally stumped for Turner, telling Ohio Democrats, “I need her alongside me in Congress in the fight for racial, economic, social, and environmental justice.”
That’s some endorsement. Her fellow Squad members and others on the party’s fringes have put their money where their mouth is. Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution PAC has ponied up campaign funds. So have Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ro Kanna; Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard; celebrities like Mark Ruffalo and Dylan McDermott and many others.
But the idea of AOC and her growing band of crazies getting more power scares the devil out of some Democrats, who think AOC’s dimwitted revolution is the best thing that ever happened to Republicans.
AOC’s socalism “does not represent the Democratic Party or where America is,” one Democratic House insider told the New York Post. “They represent where teenagers on Twitter are.”
One of the people who thinks AOC has to be pushed out of the party is Hillary Clinton.
The only thing that’s ever mattered to Hillary is power—getting it, hoarding it, and using it. But you can’t do anything if you don’t win…and she thinks AOC’s acolyte is a born loser.
Now she’s bucking for a fight against the Squad. And she’s scheduled High Noon to take place during the Ohio Democratic primary on August 3.
Hillary is used to palace intrigue (and having to fight younger women), and she’s stage-managing a massive revolt against AOC’s proxy candidate.
Clinton maneuvered the party elders to throw their support behind another Democrat running against Turner in the primary: Shontel Brown. Brown, who was chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, is a “team player”–which means she’ll do whatever she’s told. Those are the kind of people Hillary and the party brass want in the Capitol.
James Clyburn, the House Majority Whip, endorsed Brown…and absolutely tongue-lashed people like Turner. Left-wingers, with their extremist messaging (like “defund the police”) are “cutting the throats of the party,” Clyburn said.
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Party strategists hope the fact that Clyburn is the most powerful black member of Congress will hold a lot of weight in the 11th congressional district, which represents the area from Cleveland to Akron and where the population there is 53 percent black.
Clyburn is well-respected in the community—and his endorsement worked wonders for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential primaries. They hope they can recapture that magic again this year. Brown is also pulling in heavy donations from Democratic Party regulars, some Republicans, and several pro-Israel groups who don’t want to see the party elect another member of the pro-Hamas caucus.
So far, Hillary’s strategy seems to be paying off. Polls taken a few months ago showed Turner way ahead—beating Brown by a humiliating 35 percent.
But according to the latest poll, that gap has closed to just seven points.
The game is tightening, and the innings are running out.
Who will win control of the Democratic Party?
On one side is Turner, who could be the next members of the “Squad plus three”: AOC, Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and the new congressional Democrats: Mondaire Jones and Jamaal Bowman who are from New York, and also Cori Bush of Missouri.
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On the other side are more traditional liberals, like the anonymous House insider who told the Post, “The more members (the Squad) gets, the less mainstream we will be able to be, and the harder it will be for us to keep the House and the White House” in the 2022 and 2024 elections.
One thing is certain: In a gerrymandered district like this one, whoever wins the Democratic primary is a shoo-in to win the general election.
Will it be AOC and the socialist Squad, or Hillary’s henchmen?
As Henry Kissinger once said, “It’s a pity both sides can’t lose.”
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”