Democratic Party leaders were still taking turns late into the week, bashing each other, pointing fingers, and blaming after Terry McAuliffe lost to Glenn Youngkin in Virginia on Tuesday, among other stiff election losses for the Blue Team throughout the nation.
New York Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit back Friday at Clinton campaign strategist James Carville, after the architect of Bill Clinton’s 1992 upset of the presidential election blamed “stupid wokeness” for his party’s election losses this week.
Speaking to PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff, Carville lamented how thoroughly the Republicans trounced Democratic candidates in elections this week, not just in Virginia ” Don’t just look at Virginia and New Jersey. Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis, even look at Seattle, Wash.”
The guy who worked in perfect tandem with the likes of CNN and the New York Times to scare up an overblown recession panic in ‘92, telling voters “It’s the economy stupid,” stayed on message for NewsHour listeners, arguing that the identity politics so fashionable on leftist social media these days is a losing issue at the ballot box:
“I mean, this ‘defund the police’ lunacy, this takes Abraham Lincoln’s name off of schools. I mean that people see that.”
A sentence like that might seem incomprehensible to many reading it even today, who haven’t caught wind yet of the most outlandish ideas the fringe left is cooking up on college campuses and social media groups.
Not many years ago, it wouldn’t have made sense to anyone. But we are now dealing with a tiny but irate minority of political agitators who have tortured logic to the point of claiming Abraham Lincoln is a symbol of white oppression of racial minorities. They’re even pulling down Lincoln statues in Oregon now.
They went from pulling down Confederate statues in Virginia in 2017 to pulling down Lincoln statues in just four years, validating the guess that the new woke left isn’t anti-racist at all and that the labels anti-racism and anti-fascism are just cheap talks, a strategically chosen fig leaf to cover their authentic designs for America’s future: a Maoist-style cultural revolution and purging.
George Orwell had them all figured out when the same kind of people were doing the same kind of thing in Russia. Quoth Orwell in his 1948 exploration of the Bolshevik revolution, Nineteen Eightyfour: “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” And apparently, American voters last week have figured them out too.
Carville summarized Tuesday’s election results like this: “What went wrong is just stupid wokeness.” That led Ocasio-Cortez to hit back on Twitter Friday, “As the average audience for individuals utilizing the word ‘awake’ in a 2021 political conversation are James Carville and Fox News analysts, so that should tell you everything you need to know,” he told followers.
True to form, AOC did not defend her points or discredit her detractors’ points. Instead, she just made a joke that they are not very excellent or something, basically how Donald Trump bashed his way through the 2016 GOP field to the White House.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while she may brand herself as some polar opposite of the likes of Donald Trump, is more like him than she cares to admit, uses his most effective tactics even more than he did, and has far, far less substance than the multi-million career dollar real estate developer and television entertainment mogul.
None of her followers should laugh too hard when she says “wokeness” is a term used “almost exclusively used by older people.” So are “New Deal” and “democracy.”