Commentary: Americans don’t want what AOC is selling

Voters are begging Democrats to shift to the center. The party of electric vehicles has never been more out of touch.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking to attendees at a rally for Bernie Sanders in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Matt A.J./Flickr)

Anyone but the most rabid ideologue knows Democrats are headed for an electoral drubbing in about seven months. Republicans should retake the U.S. House, and if primary voters choose electable candidates in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, U.S. Senate control is within reach.

But while sane Democrats acknowledge their party’s failure to appeal to voters, noxious socialists still have not, and actually believe moving farther toward the fringe is preferable.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks President Joe Biden, inarguably running the most partisan administration in generations, is not radical enough. In particular, the Bronx congresswoman wants to be crueler to West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — a Democrat who miraculously wins in a deep red state, and is the lone reason Democrats have 50 Senate seats.

But the deranged 32-year-old firebrand does not care and continues to mutter the worst clichés to compliant media.

“I think that there is a sense among more senior members of Congress, who have been around in different political times, that we can get back to this time of buddy-buddy and backslapping and we’ll cut a deal and go into a room with some bourbon and some smoke and you’ll come out and work something out,” she ranted last week. “We need to acknowledge that this isn’t just about middle of the road, an increasingly narrow band of independent voters. This is really about the collapse of support among young people, among the Democratic base, who are feeling that they worked overtime to get this president elected and aren’t necessarily being seen.”

Nothing in that word salad is true.

Ocasio-Cortez and the entire radical House Progressive Caucus are not concerned with issues affecting Americans, like inflation, crime, foreign affairs, and the border crisis; they are instead calling on Biden to issue unconstitutional executive orders about the weather, and force working class Americans to pay off the graduate school debt of white collar professionals.

Everything these days is “too important” for the unhinged left, so they concoct fake crises like climate change, so-called income inequality, and the entire Trump presidency.

There are actual serious matters, yet Marxists demand Biden use the National Emergencies Act to implement a “Green New Deal” that’s overwhelmingly unpopular. Do they care that their regressive anti-energy polices are enabling totalitarians from Russia and China to Iran and Venezuela?

The reality is that Ocasio-Cortez and most of the other 95 “congressional progressive caucus” members represent narrow urban areas.

Data also refutes their positions.

The New York Times reports that 90% of Americans are concerned with inflation, and three in four rate the economy as subpar. Americans also worry about violence, homelessness, federal spending, and gas prices.

An NBC poll discovered voters care more about traditional economic issues like the cost of living than climate change and student loan debt.

The 2023 Biden budget is mostly bad, but it does focus on security, with increased spending for public safety, though defense spending barely keeps up with inflation.

Perhaps the biggest blow to AOC’s argument are surveys showing the vast majority believe Democrats “have been so focused on catering to the extreme left wing of the party that they’re ignoring Americans’ day-to-day concerns.”

Voters are begging Democrats to shift to the center. The party of electric vehicles has never been more out of touch. That’s why voters trust Republicans to handle the most critical issues.

This is clear to everyone except the Squad and many residing in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle squalor.

Democrats will undoubtedly lose this fall, and to avoid a complete shellacking, blockheads like AOC should acknowledge reality and tone down their invective.