A 'socialist' tea party? Democrats prepare to get 'primaried'
Updated: Feb 18, 2019
We once knew a now former member of Congress who was primaried by the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party. He was bitter and resentful.(We couldn't really blame him.) The GOP had changed right below his nose and he was ousted. He did however 'land well' as a lobbyist as former members of Congress always seem to however.
But being "primaried" was something that was relatively new. It of course had happened from time to time in the past, but with the TEA Party things got, as they say, real. But this was a mostly Republican phenomenon. The Dem establishment, with Hillary all but assured the presidency in 2016, was solidly in control.
Then Trump won and things changed.
(From The Washington Free Beacon)
Ocasio-Cortez, largely unknown a year ago, is now one of the most prominent members of Congress following her stunning upset win over former Rep. Joe Crowley (D., N.Y.) in last year's Democratic primary. A democratic socialist, she cruised to a general election win in her heavily liberal district in the Bronx and Queens.
The freshman Democrat, known for her social media prowess, looseness with facts, and support for radical policies like the Green New Deal, has taken Congress by storm.
Now, according to a New York Times report, insurgent progressives are taking aim at several other incumbents around New York City.
"They should be afraid," said Maria Svart, the national director of the Democratic Socialists of America.
You know, the old old school Republicans used to say that communists always ran as Democrats.