Columnist Jonah Goldberg contemplates the recent statements of Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and says he’s seen this sort of thing before:
If you point out the absurdity of these things, the almost instantaneous defense is that her critics are obsessed with an incoming-freshman congresswoman. In some cases, they’re right. The fixation some conservatives have with her clothes is over the top (though I did love one wag’s phrase, “Neiman Marxist”).
But what her defenders leave out is their own obsession with the woman.
In other words, AOC is quite brilliantly playing a lot of people for suckers. She already has more Twitter followers than the other 60 incoming freshman Democrats combined.
Ocasio-Cortez, wittingly or not, has appropriated a technique mastered by President Trump.
Trump prefers positive attention, but he’ll take negative attention over no attention every time, in part because he knows his supporters will intensify their dedication to him in response to allegedly unfair attacks. AOC is doing the same thing. By forcing partisans to take sides, she generates controversy. Controversy attracts media attention. Media attention generates even more controversy. And so on.
As with Trump, sometimes she clearly knows what she’s doing, and other times she simply displays her ignorance. But at this stage, it doesn’t matter. The more right-wing partisans attack her, the more left-wing partisans rally to her. The more left-wingers rally to her, the more justified the right feels in paying attention to her.
Personally, I think she’s fun to watch, and if occasionally she trips herself up, well, sometimes you need to be wearing different shoes. Then again, that’s just my take. AOC seems to terrify Severian:
I, personally, am terrified of Ocasio-Cortez, because I used to teach college. I taught college for many years, in fact, and I’m exaggerating only a very, very little when I say that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is every single college girl I have ever met.
I’ve met thousands, y’all, and they’re all like this. It’s not stupidity, really — though she sounds dumber than a box of rocks, I doubt this woman lacks for IQ points. What she is is solipsistic. Her narcissism is so vast, so all-encompassing, that the so-called “real world” only exists insofar as it impinges on her Twitter feed. She has the college girl’s invincible, sneering ignorance — if she doesn’t already know it, it’s by definition not worth knowing, and moreover, if what she knows ain’t so, well, that’s the so-called “real world’s” fault for not getting with the program.
Which may well point out my own weakness here, inasmuch as I had limited exposure to college girls and never actually went out with one. Okay, maybe once.