Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York has certainly rocketed up the greasy pole of politics. In 2017, AOC was an obscure barmaid and part-time (at least by her account) political activist. Then, in 2018, she surprised everyone by knocking off a member of the House Democratic leadership in a primary and then going on to be elected to Congress comfortably in a deep blue district. In 2019 she became as famous as many politicians with decades of experience on the strength of her Twitter followership, her outrageous behavior on the stump, and the Green New Deal, a draconian proposal to bring down American civilization to save the planet.
As 2020 drew nigh, AOC had become the favorite surrogate of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, socialist and candidate for president. She has been promised a prominent position in a Sanders presidency should such come to be. All of these things have been accomplished by the time she had turned 30.
Could Ocasio-Cortez achieve even higher heights of power and position? According to Politico, some people dream of it.
“Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez’s fans have also begun thinking about AOC 2024 or 2028. At their rally in Los Angeles, chiropractor Samuel Aguilera predicted that Ocasio-Cortez will eventually run for the White House: ‘In fact, I’m excited about that. She’s intelligent. I’ve got three daughters, and I’m excited that she’s opening up our opportunities for women.’ Another audience member at the event shouted ‘Ocasio-Cortez 2020!’ as she spoke.”
AOC would barely be of constitutional age to be elected president in 2024, should she decide to run. She is said to have a certain appeal to young people and people of color. Thus, an Ocasio-Cortez run for the presidency as soon as four years from now is not outside the realm of possibility. She is young enough to wait until 2028, if necessary. However, if Trump wins reelection in 2020, many of her supporters will not be willing to wait for the feisty firebrand to throw her hat in the ring and go for it.
The International Business Times speculates another possibility:
“If the Democratic Party doesn’t nominate a woman as its presidential bet for 2020, the intriguing question now is, ‘Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez versus Ivanka Trump in 2024?”
“The idea of Ivanka running for the presidency was brought up during a guesting on MSNBC’s “Facing the Nation.” The presidential daughter was asked if she was interested in running for president.
To this question, Ivanka replied:
“Gosh, for me the politics is less interesting. The policy and the impact of lifting communities and changing people’s lives and the stories I’ve heard from the people I’ve met across this nation are just amazing. It’s really energizing and I’m deeply passionate but the day I walk into the West Wing and I don’t feel a shiver up my spine is the day I’ve been here too long.”
Of course, as pundits point out, a lot has to happen before either lady gets the nod of her party. First, they have to win the nomination. AOC will have to win over a slew of more moderate candidates (which is just about everyone else in the Democratic Party.)
Ivanka, though more personable, more experienced, and demonstrably smarter than AOC, will have to convince enough Republicans to start a royal dynasty. In 2024, a great many other Republicans (Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Nikki Haley come to mind) may also want to run for the top job. Also, Ivanka Trump will have to want to run.
The Politico article notes an impediment to an Ocasio-Cortez presidency:
“If Ocasio-Cortez ever does run for president, she’s certain to face competition for Sanders’ base in the Democratic Party. She would have to reckon as well with the fact that Republicans are already putting in the work of driving down her favorability rating, much as they did to Hillary Clinton over several decades. Since 2018, Republican candidates across the country have used Ocasio-Cortez as a foil in TV ads and mailings.”
Of course, it can be said with a great deal of confidence that AOC has been cheerfully cooperating with Republican efforts to demonize her. Besides the details of the Green New Deal, she has been known to rant on the stump. Newsweek reports that recently she had some unkind words to say about the United States of America.
“The richest country—who cares about how much gold is being amassed if we can’t realize an advanced society with those resources? We’re here to say that what we’re living in right now is not an advanced society. A society that allows people—it is fascism!”
It can be left as an exercise for the reader to wonder if anyone who talks like that can be elected president of that same country.