Trump and AOC
Democrats eager to defeat Donald Trump should be careful in how they define moderation. Certainly the rookies in Congress would be better to speak in a more qualified voice when advancing the “Green New Deal” or college for all. But the so-called moderates who advance Joe Biden or other like candidates would be well advised to criticize these views in a more measured way.
Take Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as an example. Surely, she is definitive and sharp in her views and analysis. And rather than pull her punches, she also includes capitalism in her list of those things in which she has doubts. On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough thought he pulled the plum from a pie when he hectored John Hickenlooper for not swearing fealty to the American economic system. By not taking an oath to the capitalist system, Hickenlooper was criticized for somehow being intimidated by the freshman class of Democrats.
Perhaps Scarborough, who is an unabashed libertarian, could explain how the invisible hand of the marketplace dropped millions of Americans into an economic hole in 2008. Also how a Democratic president, Barack Obama, got them out of the soup only by guaranteeing a considerable slice of the financial pie to those who created the problem in the first place. It might have been necessary, but Obama never explained why he had to do it — perhaps for those who help fund his campaign.
Indeed it has been a regular staple of the “no labels” movement to suggest that Democrats should nominate their own version of George W. Bush. That it will nominate a centrist who has good manners, not like President Donald Trump. That seems to be the essence of the small jury of Conservatives who dislike the president. Trump’s deportment is not what it should be and he blurts out opinions that the GOP has silently believed since 1980. Nothing Trump has done is original and his critics within his GOP seem more upset that he has not cut Social Society.
So it is not unusual that someone like Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortex might be suspicious of the anti-Trump coalition. Indeed even the president probably realizes that he needs to tack to the left if he is to win.
Within the GOP, Trump has been subject to a policy of containment. Mitch McConnell is every bit as dutiful to the donor class, as is Terry McCauliffe of Virginia.
Neither the Democratic or Republican hierarchy fully appreciate the problems of younger Americans who are often swamped by debt. The American economy works for most but not for all.
Ocasio-Cortez has worked many jobs and has a better view of the struggling American than her detractors. So far Trump is as trickle down as Obama and Bush — but he could change.
Indeed Trump has yet to realize that he was a change agent in 2016. But what moderates do not realize is that incumbents can change course. In this way, Ocasio-Cortex is correct in believing that the “forgotten” majority might be still up for grabs. Better grab the levers of change before Trump grabs them.