It’s no secret that Democrats are desperate to keep Trump out of the White House in 2024. It’s also becoming clear that Democrats don’t have much confidence in Joe Biden to rise to the occasion.
Is there an answer to the party’s prayers? According to Democrat strategist Michael Starr Hopkins, it’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Is AOC the answer?
In a column for The Hill, Hopkins called AOC a “force to be reckoned with,” comparing her charismatic entrance to the political scene to that of Barack Obama in 2004.
Dipping into a bit of theology, Hopkins said that AOC’s upset victory against Democrat Joe Crowley in 2018 felt “predestined,” like Obama’s rise before her.
“She’s Barack Obama if Barack Obama was an actual progressive. I love Obama, but he was a moderate who sounded like a progressive. ”
With her pugnacious, highly personalized brand of politics, AOC could “out-Trump Trump like no other politician has been able to,” Hopkins said. Echoing something many Trump supporters say about the former president, Hopkins said that AOC is a streetwise “fighter.”
“Democrats want a fighter, not a politician. They want someone who punches back and isn’t afraid to say what they mean.”
A brand ambassador?
Declaring AOC “the future” of the Democratic party, Hopkins oddly compared her to fictional mob boss Michael Corleone, from the Godfather, and likened her socialist mentor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), to Corleone’s father Vito Corleone.
Hopkins asserted that AOC is “less of a personality and more of a movement,” a claim some on the left might take issue with.
AOC was recently called out for her “performative” approach to politics by a medical student after she canceled a meeting on healthcare policy despite taking the time to get arrested at an abortion protest. One of AOC’s Democratic allies in New York added that she is never around in her district.
Democrats and the mainstream media have finally begun to acknowledge concerns many voters had in 2020 about Biden’s cognitive health as the president plummets in the polls.
Most Democrats want someone other than Biden to run in 2024, and his direct successor, Vice President Kamala Harris, is also deeply unpopular.