2018 Pie Fight
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley was the story of the night. (Pratchett fans will pardon me if I accidentally type Crawley, please*). She is young, he is not; she is a woman, he is not; she is a person of color in a district that is minority-majority, and he is white. She is aa self-described socialist, and well, Crowley is as Establishment as they come.
(Quick note: as far as I can tell, Crowley is not some creature of the beltway, though he’s been there forever. At worst he was a small cog of The Machine but hardly a DLC’er, his positions seem fairly progressive. An older white man up against a 28-year old Latina in the age of #MeToo is really the story line.)
Now, the Villagers are all gasping because Crowley was the #4 Dim in the House, and so they are comparing his being knocked off to Eric Cantor’s walloping in 2014, which I don’t think is accurate. Cantor was the House Majority Leader, Crowley was, well, nothing. Cantor, maybe only due to his sliminess and ubiquitous presence on the talkies was nearly a household name; my guess is that outside of his district few people knew Crowley’s name before last night. As the Villagers all started gasping at once I looked him up, but still didn’t understand the shock waves going through the cocktail circuit, like a bad batch of olives.
Now the Elite Media are all pearl-clutching, trying to read their Tarot Cards and proclaiming that the Dims are in Disarray (favorite story line) and/or Divided; and they assert that Pelosi’s goose is cooked because the Dims cannot win national elections with socialists! The cosseted media also says that obviously Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will go down to defeat because she’s too far to the left. And of course, civility.
I disagree, of course.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents the demographics of her district (which Cooks has rated a D+29) and will prevail there. If there is a lesson in all of this it is: the Candidate should match the district. This is why we have Blue Dogs and why we will have a Latina Socialist.
Or more succinctly put: all politics are local.
Let’s end with this:
I think this might be the most amazing thing I've ever seen a primary loser do.
Goddamn, what a badass, and what a gentleman. https://t.co/IJRMQEjQvu
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) June 27, 2018
Statement from Crowley in defeat pic.twitter.com/QC17V6rhMr
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 27, 2018
That is a class act.
*I checked and corrected the Crawley to Crowley. I told you I would do it!