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Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Election In a Landslide

The progressive wunderkind will bring to Washington an ambitious, expensive policy agenda.

JOHN ANGELILLO/UPI/NewscomJOHN ANGELILLO/UPI/Newscom

Progressive wunderkind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won by a landslide in New York's 14th Congressional District. With some 80 percent of precincts reporting, Ocasio-Cortez has earned 79 percent of the vote, far outpacing the 13 percent going to her Republican rival.

The lopsided victory for Ocasio-Cortez is hardly a surprise, given the deep blue nature of her district covering parts of Queens and the Bronx.*

The result is nevertheless impressive for the 29-year-old former bartender and self-described democratic socialist, who rocketed onto the national stage by knocking off 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D–N.Y.) in June's Democratic primary.

In her short time in the national spotlight, Ocasio-Cortez has managed to raise the profile of a number of issues supported by the left-wing of the Democratic party, including Medicare-for-All, free college, a carbon tax, the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and a federal jobs guarantee.

There was even some talk of her election being a harbinger of a "socialist moment" in American politics.

She has also had a number of notable gaffs, including the claim that the unemployment rate is low because more people are working two jobs, or that Medicare-for-All would save the country money by cutting down on funeral expenses.

Ocasio-Cortez has also consistently failed to explain how exactly she would pay for her ambitious agenda, which would grow federal government spending by an estimated $40 trillion over 10 years.

Now elected, she will be a strong advocate for progressive policies in the new Congress.

CORRECTION: The original version of this post said New York's 14th Congressional District covered Brooklyn.

Photo Credit: JOHN ANGELILLO/UPI/Newscom

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  • Antilles||

    God, kill me now. I don't want to live in a world where this lunatic's rhetoric is considered rational.

  • CLM1227||

    Her opponent was a staid, absent, old fart. I knew she'd win when she won the primary.

    I don't think Rs ever dreamed they'd have a shot at that seat so only that guy ran.

    When she's up, someone should run a real campaign against her.

  • Robert||

    Someone will...in the Democrats' primary in 2020.

  • Kevin Smith||

    Yeah, its the same as it is where I live in Chicago, the general election is a mere formality, with the winner having already been decided in the Democrat primary

  • Naaman Brown||

    One-party Democrat machine politics in the fine tradition of NYC's Tim Sullivan and the Chicago Daleys.

  • Naaman Brown||

    Calm down. You are not there. In the opinion of many outside New York's 14th Congressional District, the rhetoric of this fine example of moderin Democrats is not considered rational. 14thCD is not the world.

  • AER1972||

    look at it this way.. she will be a source of entertainment for years to come and a source of embarrassment for dems

  • Don't look at me!||

    She will be largely ignored.

  • Nonstopdrivel||

    Exactly. To succeed in Congress, you have to be able to work with people. I don't see much evidence this creature works well with others. She's nothing more than a squawking crow.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    She mghtget along with Maxine Waters. They're both batshit stupid.

  • Nardz||

    Yes, she will.
    It's nice of Reason to get a head start, running interference for the progressive establishment.

  • josh||

    I came here to say exactly this.

  • Naaman Brown||

    So, she will be the "canary in the mine" to test the viability of Democratic Socialism?

  • Antilles||

    God, kill me now. I don't want to live in a world where this lunatic's ideas are considered valid. I pay too much in taxes already. No more.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Trump should put her district under martial law.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    How about 2 states for 2 people living side by side in peace? Just unilaterally grand independence to her congressional district.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    In her short time in the national spotlight, Ocasio-Cortez has managed to raise the profile of a number of issues supported by the left-wing of the Democratic party, including Medicare-for-All, free college, a carbon tax, the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and a federal jobs guarantee.

    Important part in bold. With a literal white nationalist as President, libertarians and progressives need to work together and focus on what unites us. Although we might disagree on minor economic issues, democratic socialists and Koch / Reason libertarians both advocate unrestricted, unlimited immigration into the US. Ocasio-Cortez's victory is excellent news for all of us who #Resist Orange Hitler's draconian immigration policies.

    #LibertariansForOcasioCortez
    #OpenBorders
    #NoBanNoWall
    #AbolishICE

  • troll_reviewer||

    2/10 - unfunny, low effort

  • Troglodyte Rex||

    including Medicare-for-All, free college, a carbon tax, the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and a federal jobs guarantee.

    With the exception of a carbon tax, those sound like programs that were present under the USSR. How well did that turn out?

  • sharmota4zeb||

    They tanked the economy so badly, that the fossil fuels were still in the ground when the empire collapsed.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Another crazy Lefty in Congress that will be ignored.

  • Jerryskids||

    The result is nevertheless impressive for the 28-year-old former bartender and self-described democratic socialist, who rocketed onto the national stage by knocking off 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D–N.Y.) in June's Democratic primary.

    Libertarian moment! And some people seriously believe some large sector of the electorate is libertarianish, rational and reasonable and immune to the blandishments of "Free Shit!" A people get the sort of government they deserve and I for one am glad to see them get it.

  • Qsl||

    If it was as easy as promising free shit, EVERY politician would be on the bandwagon, with each promising more than the last.

    Read it for what it is- the national dialogue has ticked a little more left, which makes even moderate democrats more dangerous as they adjust to the new center..

    Even in my neck of the woods (which runs highly conservative), people have concerns over healthcare and the like which only seem to be addressed by the left, no matter how wrongheaded their policies are.

    And by god, they will get it too, as there is nothing coming from the other side but shrugged shoulders.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    It's all about the soma.

  • Nonstopdrivel||

    She'll probably propose a flurry of bills her freshman year. She'll rake in the free exposure as media hacks oo and ah over groundbreaking progressivism and legislative innovation, but not a single piece of legislation will make it out of committee.

  • Nonstopdrivel||

    Jesus Christ! Where is the edit button when you need one?

  • Sevo||

    Nonstopdrivel|11.6.18 @ 11:13PM|#
    "Jesus Christ! Where is the edit button when you need one?"

    Maybe where you should go.
    Fuck off.

  • No Yards Penalty||

    Remember to moderate your heroin intake tonight, Sievo.

  • Naaman Brown||

    You are supposed to hit [preview], proofread, edit, [preview], proofread again, edit, then hit [submit].

    We are not allowed to [submit] silly posts then edit to make the comments to the original look silly (the theory behind no edit commentary systems).

  • Naaman Brown||

    Oh, you were addressing Jesus Christ, not me. Nevermind.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Jesus Christ was my nickname when I was younger.

  • Mcgoo95||

    Free shit is popular. Go figure.....

  • John C. Randolph||

    Maxine Waters hardest hit! She will no longer get the attention that comes from being the stupidest person in the congress.

    -jcr

  • Spiritus Mundi||

    Hank Johnson is still the winner, who was reelected with greater than 70% of the vote.

  • Hattori Hanzo||

    She's going to be unintentional comedy gold. She's a dolt.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Even my far left aunt thinks she's an idiot. And she doesn't see anything wrong with Maxine Waters.

  • Nonstopdrivel||

    What's the early money line on Miss Lexi's reelection chances?

  • kevrob||

    NY CD-14 is partly in the Bronx, and partly in Queens. B'k'lyn is spared having to have to apologize for her future idiocies.

    I wonder if she will travel from one part of the district to the other via the Frog's Neck Bridge? :)

  • Juice||

    Damn. Look at those horse teeth. Along with the crazy eyes, she's going to be a sideshow.

  • fish||

    Damn. Look at those horse teeth. Along with the crazy eyes, she's going to be a sideshow.

    Looks like she could eat an apple through a picket fence!

    She's cute as long as her mouth is shut….something she might want to apply to her politics as well!

  • BunkerBill||

    A Marxist with the IQ of a turnip, but hey she promised lots of FREE STUFF!

  • PaulTheBeav||

    How long until she's in the pocket of some big monied interest?

    Someone set an egg timer.

  • Agammamon||

    All socialist candidates *start out* in the pocket of some monied interest.

  • Agammamon||

    Progressive wunderkind


    What she is, is a progressive 'demagogue'.

  • Widhalm19||

    Gads ... she is the dumbest of the dumb. Progressivism is parasitism.

  • tlapp||

    Hopefully good advertising of her ignorance will stop the bad product.

  • Microaggressor||

    This is what I'm thinking. More exposure to the idiocy of socialism might be a silver lining.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The result is nevertheless impressive for the 29-year-old former bartender and self-described democratic socialist...

    Doubly so when you consider her level of intellect (even relative to most democratic socialists).

  • Tony||

    I love the smell of gulags in the morning.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    We know you do. You're a Marxist sociopath, so how could you not?

    Kill yourself.

  • fish||

    Well yeah…..all that hot male prisoner on prisoner action!

  • sharmota4zeb||

    There's a difference between a Turkish prison and a Soviet gulag. They don't have a weight lifting room in the gulags.

  • Kure'i||

    Almost giddy, Reason?

  • TGoodchild||

    Look at it cynically - if she lost, she'd more-quickly fade into obscurity and deprive everyone of another deluded punching bag.

  • Austen Heller||

    When she starts getting attention (ridicule) on the various evening comedy shows then she has something. That is where her fame will really grow.

  • Uncle Jay||

    Finally!
    Some sanity restored.
    Now we socialists elitists have someone who is a real socialist that get things done, like redistribution of wealth, gun confiscation, government healthcare, the elimination of private property, halting all voting, terminate due process, build some gulags, control the dissemination of information to the unwashed masses, launch local re-education camps and pick who we want for the firing squads to eliminate all the doubters and dissenters.
    Comrade Ocasio-Cortez represents the bright and shining hope that all true enlightened, forward-thinking totalitarians. She is just the first wave of slavers we socialists have been praying for decades to liberate the American masses by imprisoning them, starving them and shooting them. There will be of her ilk in the future as our glorious re-education camps in America continues its duty to indoctrinate the frail of mind and spirit to the joys of socialist oppression. Somewhere such kind, understanding and tolerating dictators like Hitler, Stalin, Castro and Mao are smiling.

  • ||

    Wunderkid?

    I hope you're being fucken sarcastic.

  • inoyu||

    It's easy to see the developing matriarchy. More difficult to observe the effort to bring about a world without men.

  • vek||

    Some shit lib was always going to win that district... The fact that it's Crazy Eyes Cortez will be a gift that keeps on giving!

  • ECONLAW||

    Wunderkind? The woman is an ignorant idiot! She is an embarrassment to herself, her University and New York, and it takes a lot to embarrass New York!

  • Nuwanda||

    Somewhat reminiscent in idiocy and in looks to NZ's PM, Jacinda Ardern, who's nicknamed My Little Pony by some unkind souls.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Wikipedia says she got an economics degree from Boston University. How does one earn an economics degree and then end up as a socialist bartender? ... Oh wait. Now I see the connection.

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