The new darling of progressives and Democrats, New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is uninformed and currently, if not permanently, unqualified for office, and not just because she embraces the proven fraud of socialism. Two recent quotes suffice to make the case:
“Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.”
This is redolent of Yogi Berra’s famous line about nobody going to a famous restaurant any more because it was too crowded. Does she really think that if one person worked 327 million jobs, the stats would show full employment? Apparently so. Aw, unemployment, underemployment, what’s the difference? Capitalism BAD!
Now this ominous exchange…
During an interview on PBS’s “Firing Line” on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I also think that what people are starting to see– at least in the occupation of Palestine– is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian condition and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue.”
Asked what exactly that was supposed to mean, Ocasio-Cortez responded, “Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes. Oh I think — what I meant is that the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas and places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes…”
Asked, in essence, “Huh?”, the new Democratic star said, “I am not the expert at geopolitics on this issue,” as she giggled. “I am a firm believer in finding a two-state solution on this issue, and I’m happy to sit down with leaders on both of these — for me, I just look at things through a human-rights lens, and I may not use the right words. I know this is a very intense issue.”
This is the kind of not-ready-for-prime-time stuff that made Sarah Palin such an easy target. Of course, Saturday Night Live would never dare mock a Latina Democrat, but what her comments demonstrate is that the rising Democratic force is, at the moment, primarily a young and pretty face that represents a fad ideology—yes, she’s cuter than Bernie—and little else.
Will the Democrats respond to the confounding success of a GOP Presidential candidate who did nothing to hide his ignorance on a wealth of issues by concluding that such candidates are the secret to ballot box success?
Let’s hope not. Let’s also hope that Ocasio-Cortez realizes, as Palin never did, that since she had been given an opportunity she was not ready for, she now has an ethical obligation and responsibility to become qualified for office, and that it’s going to take more than saying the first thing that pops into her head.
It is a positive sign that she admitted when she didn’t know what she was talking about.
Imagine if other politicians had the courage to do that.