In a massive upset Tuesday night, 28-year-old Democratic Socialist and former Bernie organizer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley — the man many expected to be Nancy Pelosi’s successor — in the Democratic primary for the 14th congressional district. The socialist’s big win is yet more evidence of the hard-left turn the Democratic Party has taken as of late, but what is getting even more buzz online is Ocasio-Cortez’s response to learning that she’d won.
In a video that’s quickly going viral, Ocasio-Cortez responds with a must-watch mixture of shock and exuberance (h/t Twitchy):
A few reactions online:
As The Daily Wire reported, Crowley, who has been in Congress for nearly two decades, hasn’t run against a challenger since 2004. Apparently, he was a little rusty. But the real reason is that the Democratic Party no longer resembles its 1999 self:
Ocasio-Cortez’s positions reflect her hard-left socialist leanings; she favors Medicare for All as well as abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement. As Buzzfeed reports, “She’s backed by the Democratic Socialists of America and by Our Revolution, the group backed by Bernie Sanders. She spent the last weekend of the campaign in Texas, protesting President Donald Trump’s border policy.” Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Ocasio-Cortez had told BuzzFeed, “When it comes to power, we can’t just be tempted by power and money alone. What we need to do is be bold enough and courageous enough to choose leadership that takes no corporate money and advances health care, education, and housing for all.”
There’s a reason Ocasio-Cortez was so genuinely shocked at her victory Tuesday: Democratic analysts were certain she had no chance, as summarized by NY Democratic operative Hank Sheinkopf, who said, “No one believes Joe Crowley’s gonna lose but with the changing demographics in that district this could be an attempt to soften him up to take on more progressive positions.”
Now Crowley will never have the chance to prove that he’s willing to be as progressive as the increasingly more socialist Democratic base wants their representatives to be.