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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez changes shoes

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.


  1. McGehee »

    12 December 2018 · 1:03 pm

    Nah. She’s the Democrats’ attempt at a Trump counter-figure. And if she really wants to ever be taken seriously, she’ll need to demonstrate skill at something other than getting attention.

    For the last two years Trump has had the media busy chasing squirrels, so that now the Democrats think a squirrel will be their savior.

  2. fillyjonk »

    12 December 2018 · 1:36 pm

    He must’ve taught at a more elite college than I do; a lot of the female students I get are pretty serious and outward- rather than inward-focused. Of course, some of them are also over 25 – a few even older than I am, and that’s no mean feat these days.

    (This is equally true of the male students. I get my share of fools that I have to pretend to suffer lightly, but a lot of my students are pretty solid people)

    But yeah, I’m getting a little tired of “famous for being famous” being a THING.

  3. Roger Green »

    12 December 2018 · 4:22 pm

    I’m convinced the right really created her. When she won the primary in June and was then all but elected, herb opponents seized on every step. She needs the money, so how can she afford that (not very expensive) coat? Her demonization has made her a lot more popular than if they’d left her alone.
    And she’s not all wrong. She took a beating in some quarters for questioning the Amazon deal in Long Island City, but many conservatives feel the same way about corporate welfare.

  4. CGHill »

    12 December 2018 · 8:58 pm

    I’d question that deal myself. And I suspect if she didn’t exist, they’d have had to invent her.

  5. jsallison »

    12 December 2018 · 9:40 pm

    I’mna going to sit back with some popcorn and an adult beverage to watch the fur fly as she goes after her party’s old dawgs and they circle the wagons. Pretty sure she’ll either get with the program and march to SanFranNan’s line or be a one-termer.

  6. hollyh »

    13 December 2018 · 9:45 am

    ” Her narcissism is so vast, so all-encompassing, that the so-called “real world” only exists insofar as it impinges on her Twitter feed.”

    Sounds perfectly presidential, by current standards.

  7. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    13 December 2018 · 9:37 pm

    Does this mean she will lead her party to a disastrous midterm election?

  8. hollyh »

    14 December 2018 · 8:18 am

    Don’t they all?

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