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Biden Showcases Ocasio-Cortez – Dissing Pennsylvania

Biden Showcases Ocasio-Cortez – Dissing Pennsylvania
May 18
18:37 2020

By all measures, it is quite certain that Joe Biden has not yet secured the support of the majority of Bernie Sanders’ voters.  Most of them have expressed strong reservations about the guy who beat their champion.

These folks are not Democrats.  They are radical socialists.  Their cause – revolution, if you will – is paramount in importance – not political parties or individual candidates.  In fact, they have disdain for the Democratic Party nearly as deeply held as their disdain of the Republican Party.

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So, how can Biden win them over?  The most obvious way is to move much further to the left – but that risks turning off the more moderate Democrats – the independent and swing voters.  A second strategy would be to take some symbolic actions that appeal to the left but do not impact too much on actual policies and the Democrat platform.

Biden seems to have taken up the second option – or has he?  At first blush, his appointment of radical Congresswoman Alexandria Cascio-Cortez to oversee Biden’s climate change programs seems to be one of those symbolic gestures.  Get her name on the letterhead and hope it draws in the extreme left.

But the appointment may also mean that Biden is taking on the radical Green New Deal lock, stock, and barrel.  Would a Biden administration actually have Ocasio-Cortez as head of the Environmental Protection Agency?  That would make Obama’s choices look like Wall Street capitalists.

We do not yet know what the appointment means since Biden has judiciously avoided taking any firm stands on almost any issue.  So far, he is running an “I am not Trump” campaign – and how well did that work for Hillary Clinton?  We do not know who or what Biden IS – a progressive wolf in moderate sheepskin or a moderate chameleon trying to match a radical background.

Biden’s problem is that he may not be able to fool the Sanders’ true-believers with symbolism – and Ocasio-Cortez is not likely to serve merely as window dressing.  Even at Biden’s side, she will be the voice of the most radical – and often most stupid – proposals.

With Ocasio-Cortez setting environmental and energy policy, Biden may have kissed off his birth state of Pennsylvania — where the fossil fuel industry is the backbone of the economy.  And maybe West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska – to name a few other key energy-producing states.

If the Lady-from-the-Bronx is not just a pretty face on a campaign brochure, she is likely to be Biden’s voice in the Platform deliberations at the Democratic National Convention.  She will be the proverbial lighted match entering the fireworks warehouse.  What fun.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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