Every day brings a new dawn and, apparently, a new conservative attack on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The newly elected Congresswoman from New York is making Republicans flip their wigs like rarely before. They seem desperate to destroy her before he even gets started, with her ambitious, progressive proposals like a return to a 70% marginal tax rate and Medicare for all clearly leaving some conservative upper-crusters sweating.
So far AOC’s opponents have dropped the bombshell that she used to be nicknamed “Sandy” and have released a devastating video of her dancing. All of it has only made AOC more prominent and fired her supporters up.
The newest, and possibly dumbest, line of attack came from Washington Post columnist Max Boot who compared AOC to Sarah Palin, one of the most famously ignorant politicians of recent times. Boot called AOC a “talented communicator” but who, like Palin, would have “her lack of knowledge painfully exposed.”
Ocasio-Cortez reminds me of Sarah Palin, another talented young communicator who made a big splash in national politics before having her lack of knowledge painfully exposed. This is a cautionary tale for Ocasio-Cortez. My latest in @PostOpinions: https://t.co/bHmNmcyAD0
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) January 8, 2019
AOC had little doubt that the sudden attack on her competence was a direct response to her call for higher taxes and said as much.
Naturally, the same week we kick-start a nat’l convo on marginal tax rates endorsed by Nobel-Prize winning economists, I’m being described as “vacuous.”
If you’re allowed to characterize female politicians as “unlikeable,” are we allowed to describe takes like these “resentful?” https://t.co/cMikVKcJ5U
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 8, 2019
The comparison between Ocasio-Cortez and 2008’s Palin, who seem to have little in common other than being women and new to national politics, was off-base and the response was swift.
Literally the dumbest take of 2019. Sarah Palin couldn’t name a Supreme Court case or a newspaper she read and thought Africa was a country. @AOC is calling for a marginal tax policy backed by Nobel-prize winning economists and a Green New Deal backed by top climate scientists. https://t.co/LVDRWrBTbd
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) January 8, 2019
You’re describing Paul Ryan. https://t.co/ebKjtBA2Ri
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) January 8, 2019
It's very rare that I make jokes about "the confidence of a white male" but I can't think of a better example than Max Boot making this argument mere months after acknowledging that he got politics fundamentally wrong for the bulk of his career. https://t.co/TYVlwNNz3k
— David Klion (@DavidKlion) January 8, 2019
god, imagine having your weak grasp of the facts in your supposed area of competence painfully exposed, that sounds awful pic.twitter.com/bqqF9hVLUE
— flglmn (@flglmn) January 8, 2019
It is possible to disagree with someone at times AND see she is intelligent and her ideas are good for America. AOC will make mistakes -and as she noted, she will correct them when she does. It's a learning process.
I suspect AOC also knows you can't see Russia from Alaska. https://t.co/xPohB5vl3E
— Net (@NetG) January 8, 2019
— Kenneth Thomas (@MiddleClassPoli) January 8, 2019
People who criticize AOC need to educate themselves on what it actually means to have a "Marginal Tax Rate". A marginal tax rate of 70 percent for income above 10 mil will benefit the economy if it is done correctly https://t.co/O3PBo7JMme
— Edozie John Akunyili (@dogzigee) January 8, 2019
The propaganda machine is running full throttle. We love you out here, AOC, don't let them tear you down.😍 https://t.co/wVX74quKlI
— Curt Montague (@CurtMontague) January 8, 2019
Loving this is actually mandatory. https://t.co/S34fTw1Cwz
— Michael S. McKenna (@michaelsmck) January 8, 2019
At least one supporter thought the daily clapbacks, as satisfying as they are, are becoming a distraction.
Girl, they're gonna keep coming at you. Legislate or spend all day responding to negative op-eds. You can't do both. https://t.co/JIZJpplFTP
— Crappy New Fear (@Amanda_Kerri) January 8, 2019
But most people appreciated the fire.
You know you're being effective, when the 1 percent targets you 24-7! Go #OcasioCortez! We need fairer tax rates, a green revolution, Medicare for all, and Net neutrality (so we can talk to each other without the MSM filter). https://t.co/trcySik2yy
— Tom Grace (@portsideview) January 8, 2019
Da Queen Slays! https://t.co/1kkKT1j5Gv
— Laura, BRD (@LiglyCnsrvatari) January 8, 2019
— Susie Coleman (@luvmibug) January 8, 2019
I love this woman 😭😭😭 https://t.co/nvlrAaxXic
— Existential Dread Personified (@CassTheBean) January 8, 2019
This woman is a boss https://t.co/ukObcsLXO3
— Terick Warner (@Terk33) January 8, 2019
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore