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The Ditz vs. the Don? Strategist Touts AOC as Dems’ Best Hope for 2024

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Yes, it seems like a joke, but Michael Starr Hopkins, who says he is an “experienced Press Secretary with a demonstrated history of working in the media industry,” is dead serious: in an op-ed in The Hill on Tuesday, Hopkins argues that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Would You Like An Olive?), who is already renowned for her wisdom and intellect, is the Democrats’ best hope to take on the evil Trump and prevent him from forcing another pause in their ongoing efforts to destroy the United States as a free and sovereign republic.

Yes, Hopkins is serious; so serious, in fact, that he dares to compare the winsome AOC to the light-bringer himself: “When Barack Obama came out of nowhere to win his Senate seat in 2004, it almost felt preordained,” Hopkins writes. “As if he was the person we had been waiting for to breathe fresh air into the Democratic Party. Flash forward to 2018, and the meteoric rise of a 29-year-old bartender from Queens feels eerily similar.”

Maybe Hopkins has a point. Both Obama and AOC seemed to be celebrated beyond a level that would be justified by their talents and abilities. Hopkins indulges in quite a lot of that in his op-ed, boosting his heroine in terms that would never have occurred to a rational human being. AOC has, Hopkins insists, “been unafraid, unapologetic and unwilling to bend to the will of Washington. She is a force to be reckoned with, and in 2024 Democrats are going to need her force to reckon with Republicans.” Yes, because they’ve created so many disasters with their policies, what better thing to do than get behind an avowed socialist who wants to create even more?

But AOC, Hopkins says, “is less of a personality and more of a movement.” Then he goes on to refer to her as “the smart, photogenic congresswoman.” OK, come on, now, Hopkins. Smart? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is legendary for saying things that indicate that she isn’t all that bright. Last February, she attempted to explain away skyrocketing crime rates in New York City by saying, “The surge in violence is being driven by young people, particularly young men. And we allow the discourse to make it sound as though it’s, like, these shady figures in the bush, jumping out from a corner. These are young men. These are boys. We’re also not discussing the mental-health crisis that we are experiencing as a country as a result of the pandemic.” Ah, you see? It’s a mental health crisis, not a crime crisis.

AOC added, “The child-tax credit just ran out, on December 31st, and now people are stealing baby formula. We don’t want to have that discussion. We want to say these people are criminals or we want to talk about ‘people who are violent,’ instead of ‘environments of violence,’ and what we’re doing to either contribute to that or dismantle that.”

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