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For Democrats, it may be a case of be careful what you wish for. There appears to be a steadily growing apprehension that their new superstar might turn on them.
Democrats finally received an infusion of fresh blood when the young and telegenic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked the nation with her monumental upset win on June 26, in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th congressional district.
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But there was a catch: she won by defeating ten-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley, the number four Democrat in the House.
Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, has already backed another leftist insurgent targeting a member of the party establishment.
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She has endorsed congressional candidate Cori Bush, running against nine-term Democrat Rep. Lacy Clay in Missouri’s August 7 primary. Both Ocasio-Cortez and Bush are backed by the progressive PAC Justice Democrats.
Now, Democrats may be showing a whiff of panic.
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On Wednesday, The Hill quoted NY Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks as saying, “We’re trying to take back the House, but it seems like they’re just trying to go after Democrats. It makes no sense.” He added, “I would hope that the new member coming in would … keep the eye on the prize.”
But it’s not just Meeks who may be afraid of a leftist insurgency against the Democratic establishment — and that concern has been growing since her victory.
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Liberal political analyst Peter Beinart wrote a piece in The Atlantic headlined, “Crowley’s Defeat Should Scare Joe Biden,” the day after Ocasio-Cortez won her election. It was subtitled, “The Democratic Party’s shift to the left will leave centrist politicians hard-pressed to defend their records.”
Beinart mused that if former Vice President Joe Biden is mulling a presidential bid in 2020, he should be worried because Ocasio-Cortez is “part of a broader pattern that has been playing itself out in Democratic...
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