There is less to this than meets the eye, but it is not any any. CNN to highlight Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tonight To be with Dana Bash, building on her momentum over the eviction moratorium victory over the Biden White House. This interview took place in June, well before the moratorium clash, but it cannot be a coincidence that AOC is receiving soft focus attention as a consequence.
CNN’s Dana Bash asked Ocasio-Cortez, the two-term congresswoman representing the Bronx and a prominent member of the party’s progressive wing, if she will challenge Schumer in a primary race in the future.
Schumer will run for re-election in 2022, and for years there has been speculation about whether the 31-year-old activist will face her party’s Senate leader. Schumer has represented the Empire State in the upper house since 1999.
“I know everyone goes crazy, but the way I really feel about this and the way I really approach my politics and my political career is that I don’t look at things and I don’t set my course positionally”, Ocasio- Cortez told CNN during an interview that it took place in late June, but that it will air in its entirety on Monday as part of CNN’s new series “Being.”
“And I know that there are many people who do not believe that, but I really, I can not operate the way I operate and do the things that I do in politics while trying to be, aspiring to other things or calculating other things,” he added.
The representative said that the decisions she makes are based on the needs of her community before adding, “I’m not going to comment on that.”
CNN’s flogging over this It makes all sorts of sense … in terms of the audience for tonight. For the rest of us, this is not an answer to a question that is almost moot. The word salad aspect of your non-response makes this even clearer. What politicians do not “positionally set my course”? Isn’t running for office, even re-election, a “poisonous” course?
All of this distracts from the obvious: If Ocasio-Cortez wanted to give up her safe seat in the House to challenge Schumer across the state, she would have had to change direction by now. It takes a lot more money to run a Senate campaign, especially in an expensive media market like New York; various media markets, indeed, but New York in particular. Where does Ocasio-Cortez think she could lay a stronger foundation than Schumer, even with a sudden influx of cash for media campaigns? She has Brooklyn; Schumer has all five boroughs, especially Manhattan. Without a doubt, Schumer sells better than AOC would outside of the Big Apple. The answer to that question is that she do not He thinks he can beat Schumer, but he’s pandering to his progressive activist base by not dismissing the challenge.
By 2028, that calculation may change. Schumer would be 78 by then, a little older for anything other than the Senate, and Ocasio-Cortez would have three more terms under her belt at the time, assuming she can keep her district. But if you’re not announcing a challenge to Schumer in August 2021 for the 2022 primaries in a year or less, Ocasio-Cortez will not challenge Schumer at all in this cycle. Come on man.