There’s little doubt that AOC is a lightning rod for the extreme left. However, a top Democratic strategist warns that an internal poll shows that AOC is also a lightning rod for those swing states that voted for Trump in 2016 and dislike AOC’s brand of socialism.
Furthermore, voters within those swing states are tying the brash “in-your-face” Bronx lawmaker to the mainstream of the Democratic Party, which could spell disaster for 2020.
Like it or not, the young congresswoman – thanks in part to a 24/7 news cycle and the media’s love affair with her every tweet, every remark, and every misguided statement – is fast becoming the “face” of the Democratic Party.
Axios reported Sunday that top Democratic operatives are concerned that the nonstop publicity generated by the 4-radical freshmen and especially from the 29-year old self-described “Democratic/Socialist” who is currently in a war-of-words with the Speaker is now overshadowing Pelosi’s legislative agenda within the House.
One operative, in particular, lamented, “If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the House majority at risk.” A top Democrat involved in 2020 congressional races told Axios, addressing the poll’s details, “She’s getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races.” The poll included 1,003 likely voters who are white and have two years or less of a college education.
The internal poll paints a grim picture for 2020, if this trend continues, in that more then 74% of voters know who AOC is, however only 22% have a favorable view of her.
This is also true for AOC’s colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who polled at nearly the same level of name recognition among those surveyed. The Somali born legislator is recognized by 53% of the voters. However, only 9% have a favorable impression of her.
The poll, which was shared to Axios on the condition of anonymity, shows swing voters don’t think much of AOC’s brand of socialism, in which only 18% of those polled shared her views, while a whopping 69% did not.
Another not surprising number also found that voters favor capitalism by a margin of 56%, compared to 32% who do not.
The poll was conducted in May, before the hostilities between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her 4-upstart freshmen heated up with tweets and counter tweets, which also included AOC’s veiled accusations that the 4 were singled out by the Speaker because they were “woman of color,” suggesting that Pelosi may harbor some racial animus towards them.
On Sunday Rep. Omar of Minnesota, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts appeared in Philadelphia for a panel discussion at the annual Netroots Nation conference, defended their ongoing feud with the Speaker.
A defiant Omar doubled down saying, “We never need to ask for permission or wait for an invitation to lead.”
Adding later that there’s a “constant struggle oftentimes with people who have power about sharing that power,” that reference no doubt aimed at Speaker Pelosi.
The racial comment regarding “woman of color” came a week or so earlier when an irate Pelosi lambasted the 4, for voting against a House Resolution approving a 4.6 billion dollar humanitarian package for migrants at the border.
The vote against the bipartisan resolution so irked the Speaker that she stated publicly during an interview with Maureen Dowd of The New York Times “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following.”
Pelosi continued, “They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.” Ocasio-Cortez then used the race-card against the Speaker.
In a July 11th interview with the Washington Post, AOC responded to Pelosi’s comment, “When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood.”
Adding, “It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
There it was, the ominous race card being pulled on Pelosi, who has played that same hand, against President Trump on numerous occasions…in short “what goes around, comes around.”