This is an under-appreciated story, understandably so given the dramatic rise of Joe Biden after he was once left for dead. Yet, it’s an important one.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and the rest of the “squad” may want to re-think their strategy to remake the Democratic party because it pretty much face-planted last night. The most obvious example is Bernie Sanders well underperforming expectations and giving up a primary lead that most thought he wouldn’t relinquish.
In the case of Ilhan Omar, she went all out for Bernie Sanders in her home state of Minnesota. In fact, it was widely projected he’d win there, especially after Klobuchar dropped out. The most recent polling had shown Sanders with a slight lead. It’s also the kind of state that you’d expect the “Democratic Socialist” message to play well given its large congregation of blue-collar jobs, immigrants (namely Somali), and union workers.
But then it didn’t.
Omar, after stumping for Bernie the past several days, helped deliver one of his more surprising defeats, with working-class people in the suburbs running in horror. Apparently “Democratic Socialism” doesn’t play very well outside of the wokest of circles.
Then there’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has tried to position herself and a king-maker by endorsing primary challengers to incumbent Democrats. How’s that going? Not very well.
This went final over night in a 52-48 margin:— Tom Benning (@tombenning) March 4, 2020
South Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar defeats Jessica Cisneros, progressive challenger backed by Warren and AOChttps://t.co/w3ipBxuyMI