Sean Hannity Tries, And Fails, To Attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rep. Joseph Crowley and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi following a meeting of the House Democratic caucus at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 31 2018 in Washington DC

"I can imagine", Lukes said, "that many of us at Boston University now feel like fathers or mothers of that great upset in NY". She is part of a growing trend of millennials, many of whom are persons of color, stepping up as outsiders to challenge long-standing representatives in their districts, according to the Wall Street Journal.

After refusing to commit to backing Pelosi as House Speaker if Democrats retake the House in November, Ocasio-Cortez suggested one alternative choice in an interview with the Post.

I mean no disrespect to Rep. Joseph Crowley, the New York Democrat she beat.

Like Ben Jealous, the former NAACP president who just won the Democratic nomination for Governor of Maryland, Ocasio-Cortez won not only by running unabashedly to the left-both candidates worked for Bernie Sanders in 2016 and were themselves endorsed by Our Revolution-but as a "movement" progressive.

Holtzman was 31 when she entered Congress, the youngest woman ever elected to the House. She will likely go on to an easy victory in the heavily Democrat district, and become the first Latina to represent the district.

Ocasio-Cortez also made an impression during her time at BU.

Yes, Ocasio-Cortez is aligned with the Democratic Socialists of America-she even has the red rose of socialism in her Twitter profile-and ran on a democratic socialist's platform: Medicare for all, free college tuition, a federal jobs guarantee. She took no corporate donations. The Center for Responsive Politics tells me that in 85 percent of Democratic House primaries this year, 252 of 296, the victor was the candidate who raised the most money; of the 44 exceptions, 31 were women - suggesting the reason is gender, not ideology.

She has repeatedly rejected the supposed divide between economic concerns and "identity politics", a frequently invoked diagnostic tool for Democratic races, as a false dichotomy.

Millennials are just starting to be elected to Congress, but they could one day make up the largest generational group there, bringing a distinctly Millennial approach to policy and governing.

What the institutional Democrats who closed ranks around Crowley until his dying breath can't understand is that there is no place, anymore, for rhetoric to not match action.

And yet it's easy to imagine, when things are going your way in the elections department, it's because you're right and people are waking up to that fact. They've also refused to endorse many women who are running, and a record number of women are trying to run, although unfortunately many have not actually won these primaries.

Lives are literally on the line.

Ocasio-Cortez also called for the impeachment of President Trump and abolition of ICE. Surely it is beginning to dawn on them that doing everything in their power to thwart Sanders and rig the primary against him was akin to shooting themselves in the foot.

Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, was widely rumored to have ambitions to succeed the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, if she stepped down.

Ocasio-Cortez grew up in a working class family in the Bronx.

Political analysts see her 15 percentage point victory as the biggest political upset since Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in 2014 to a little-known right-wing professor, Dave Brat.