The Democrats are bracing for a wipeout in this year’s midterm elections.
They hold an eight-seat majority in House, but the president’s party sees a 26-seat loss during the first midterm election. Plus, congressional Democrats are polling low — even lower than President Joe Biden, by some metrics.
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Not to worry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been giving campaign advice! The socialist superstar made some bombshell statements for Tuesday’s edition of New York magazine.
She blamed Biden for the Democrats’ grim prospects in the upcoming elections. In particular, she faulted Biden for spending too much time on a failed deal with swing voter Sen. Joe Machin, D-W.Va. Before long, she pivoted to her favorite hobby: bashing the more senior Democrats.
“I was never under the illusion that we can bring Manchin along,” Ocasio-Cortez told the magazine from her campaign office. “I have the utmost respect and confidence in the president, but I just felt like we called two different plays on this one.”
I think that there is a sense among more senior members of Congress, who have been around in different political times, that we can get back to this time of buddy-buddy and backslapping and we’ll cut a deal and go into a room with some bourbon and some smoke and you’ll come out and work something out. I think there’s a real nostalgia and belief that that time still exists or that we can get back to that.
Eventually, she turned her focus outside the federal government, and she railed against New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
She told the magazine:
I think it’s really disgraceful, frankly, the lack of Latino representation. And the thing is that this isn’t just about identity representation, it’s also about issue representation. Frankly, even with the mayor, some of his Latino appointments have been homophobic and have been unrepresentative of the interests of our broader community. Even on the state level, there is an enormous dearth of real representation of people fighting for Latinos.
Of course, she expressed her Democrat bona fides by recounting her 2008 vote for former President Barack Obama and her record of collaboration with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Still, she devoted much of the interview to railing against New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
She said, frankly:
I think it’s really disgraceful, frankly, the lack of Latino representation. And the thing is that this isn’t just about identity representation, it’s also about issue representation.
Frankly, even with the mayor, some of his Latino appointments have been homophobic and have been unrepresentative of the interests of our broader community. Even on the state level, there is an enormous dearth of real representation of people fighting for Latinos.
Not to sound too pessimistic, Ocasio-Cortez gave Biden some advice on how to raise the Democrats’ poll numbers.
“If the president does pursue and start to govern decisively using executive action and other tools at his disposal, I think we’re in the game,” she told the magazine.
“But if we decide to just kind of sit back for the rest of the year and not change people’s lives — yeah, I do think we’re in trouble. So I don’t think that it’s set in stone. I think that we can determine our destiny here.”
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez advised Biden to boost the Democrats’ chances by waiving all federal student loan debt, a kind of debt affecting only 15 percent of Americans.
After the 2020 presidential election, Ocasio-Cortez ramped up a Twitter feud with former Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. She took issue with McCaskill’s warnings against spending too much time on the culture war.
Referring to the former senator’s 2018 loss, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Why do we listen to people who lost elections as if they are experts in winning elections?”
In 2020, Ocasio-Cortez won her district by 44 points. However, Biden carried that same district by 48 points.
In 2012, McCaskill won her Missouri district in a landslide, even though that same district voted for a Republican presidential candidate by a margin of nine points.
Ocasio-Cortez is underperforming all these other Democrats, and she’s still giving them campaign advice.
The Horn editorial team.