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 attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)