It would appear that Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders and Seattle’s uber progressive showboater Rep. Pramila Jayapal don’t have much pull in Cuellar’s congressional district. Nor does Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who went there to exert her nonexistent influence.
Although the far left has long fancied its endorsements as electoral gold, recent history tells us they are of interest mainly on left-wing Twitter. Recall how Ocasio-Cortez and Warren famously rallied behind a defund-the-police candidate for New York mayor. In coming in third, she lost not only to a moderate Democrat, but to two.
The left’s considerable experience with defeat has not made it a good loser. Even before the vote in Texas, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “If Cuellar wins, leadership’s decision to go to the mat for a pro-NRA incumbent will be the reason why.”
Guess the voters don’t have a say.
For the record, Cuellar supports expanding background checks for gun buyers, which, outside the big cities, is a fairly progressive stance in Texas. Ocasio-Cortez would have known his actual position had she read the local news — or, for that matter, The New York Times.
It happens that Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders and other self-described socialists have their own party. It’s called the Democratic Socialists of America. But if they ran under that label, no one would pay them any mind. That’s why they latch onto the Democratic Party. Once there, the saboteurs define successful conquest as exacting revenge on Democrats they don’t like.
The left-leaning media tend to ignore the fringe’s parade of losses, even in primaries dominated by liberal voters. They seem more interested in the players’ performance than their political reality. Right-wing media, meanwhile, can’t get enough of these outliers. What would Fox News do without The Squad?
The few far-left victories occur in very liberal districts, where jobs are plentiful and health coverage relatively easy to obtain. Life in these places is good, whoever runs Washington. For the political celebrities, there are parties. There are fashion events. There are cover stories in Vanity Fair.
Had Cuellar lost to Cisneros in the Texas primary, the results would not have been a new lefty in Congress but another Democratic seat lost to a Republican. Smart progressives know that real power comes from supporting candidates, who, even if not their ideal, can get elected.