The DCCC Must Be Kicking Itself Over the OTHER “OC”

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The other OC – 28-year-old new Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – hangs out with her working class supporters.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, spiritual granddaughter-of-color of Bernie Sanders’smade history is Tuesday’s primaries by defeating Rep. Joe Crowley, a decent liberal in leadership who probably should not have been representing such a strongly minority-majority district in the first place.

Ocasio-Cortez, who I like to think of as “the other OC,” won for many reasons ranging from her own good qualities to the qualities of the district to the qualities of the times, but let’s not forget one of the major reason reasons she won:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, flat out did not see her victory coming.

Had DCCC taken her as seriously as it should have, it would have produced a dossier against her — as it did in the case of other Berniecrats (such as CA-39’s Andy Thorburn) — slamming her personal history and her policy positions.  After all, DCCC envisions its job as (1) to protect incumbents like Coakley and (2) to ensure that the Democratic party gives as little hope as possible to its insurgent wing.

Now we see what happens when they get caught napping: a wildly energized local party, a suddenly inspired national leftist reform wing, and (the only upside they may see) someone they can blame for their own losses this year.  (After all, she calls herself a “Democratic Socialist,” which centrist Democrats have worked hard, hand in glove with Republicans, to lead the public to equate with Stalin rather then Sweden.)

I wonder how many DCCC employees are getting sacked over the failure to produce a dossier on her!  I wonder if they will ever make this sort of mistake again.  One can only HOPE.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)