The national media’s premature rollout of 28-year-old socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is continuing to look like one of the biggest failed product launches in recent memory.
The unheralded Bernie Sanders protege stunned the political establishment when she snuck up on entrenched Democrat Joe Crowley in the June primary for New York’s 14th congressional district and dealt a humiliating blow to one of Nancy Pelosi’s lieutenants.
It’s not difficult to understand why a guy like Rep. Crowley paid little attention to a woman who was only months ago working at a local taco and tequila bar but Ocasio-Cortez ran a classic type of guerilla insurgency campaign that not only staggered the status quo but dragged socialism into the mainstream.
Now many including those who used their national media platforms to transform Ocasio-Cortez into a celebrity like Lady Gaga are trying to restrain a monster of their own creation by exposing the utopian Marxism espoused by “the future” of the Democratic party as total hogwash.
CNN is clearly looking to distance itself from the balderdash that they helped encourage.
None other than Jake Tapper has been given the job of debunking the Ocasio-Cortez/Comrade Bernie mythos and ironically is skewering their nonsense in which the Koch Brothers critics are trying to bamboozle the flock by misrepresenting a study by the “conservative” billionaires to give official heft to their promises of free stuff.
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CNN’s Jake Tapper called out Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday for their claim that a Koch Brothers-funded study found Medicare for all would save the government trillions of dollars.
The claim from two self-proclaimed Democratic socialists stemmed from a report from the Mercatus Center, a non-profit think tank that the Kochs have donated millions to, and reportedly influence the hiring and firing of professors.
According to a Sanders spokesperson, the study concluded that healthcare-for-all would expand the budget by $32 trillion but cause overall health care expenses across the U.S. to drop by $2 trillion.
Tapper cited the author of the report, researcher Charles Blahous, who insisted that the Kochs had no direct influence on his work, and that Sanders is making assumptions about data suggesting a spending increase with Medicare-for-all. Tapper acknowledged that influence from the Kochs is an open question, but concluded Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez seem to be taking the study out of context.
If there is anything that the establishment hates and fears as much as Trump, it’s socialism which at the end of the day, is just plain un-American.
Bernie’s revolution is now running on fumes as the establishment now tries to reign in a monster that they unwisely helped to enable out of their hatred for Trump.