Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter on Thursday night that the use of a discredited image by a prominent conservative outlet showed that “women in leadership face more scrutiny. Period.”

She said the actions of the Daily Caller were “just a matter of time” given that Republicans had been “frothing at the mouth all week” – a phrase that she did not explain. She also criticized the Daily Mail which she accused of sending a reporter “to my boyfriend’s relative’s homes” offering them cash for “stories”.

This is more scrutiny than a political party hiring a retired spy to find stories about a pee pee tape?


35 thoughts on “Rilly?”

  1. Photos of bare feet are ‘nude photos’ now?

    Also, pretty privilege. (A concept I first learnt – not in person, more’s the pity – from Jorja Smith, who sure knows what she’s talking about!)

  2. AOC–AUK?–is stupid leftist scum who is there because of the Hispanic leftist vote. Ethnic imports who love tyranny and want handouts are the death of the West unless we start taking back the vote from those who support evil–socialism /ROP / gen leftist imports.

  3. Republicans will be wise to learn the lesson of master persuader and walking media maelstrom trump’s success and recognise she has a lot of the same appeal and ability.

    Thus if they want to beat her they need to leave her alone and not score own goals

  4. She has a point, tho not precisely the one she’s trying to make.

    She faces more scrutiny than most pols. Most of the media and large sections of the US Right are obsessed with the horse-faced chalupa.

    Why, I dunno. Her tits are nice, I suppose? Butter face looks like she narrowly escaped Pleasure Island from “Pinocchio”.

    It’s strange how the press faps over one baño-standard Latina socialist and has relatively zero interest in the retarded Somali who married her brother and just got elected to Congress.

  5. Philip Scott Thomas

    Republicans will be wise to learn the lesson of master persuader and walking media maelstrom trump’s success and recognise she has a lot of the same appeal and ability.

    Mike Cernovich and Scott Adams are saying the same. Adams in particular is pretty impressed with her persuasion techniques, reckoning she’s not up there with Trump yet but is still miles ahead of the rest of them.

  6. @ PST and RH – indeed. She is young, moderately attractive and a radical. She has the ability to peddle deeply immoral policies while giving the impression of sincerity, so a natural politician. Given her youth and abilities, I can see her going a long way as she appeals to a significant proportion of the electorate – the ones who want free stuff paid for by the rich.

    So, yes, don’t play into her hands. Recognise her strengths. Her gaffs at the moment will diminish as she becomes more adept at this. Give it a decade or so and she will be running for the presidency. It would never surprise me if she won.

  7. Commenter “Johansen” at Tony Heller’s blog has renamed her Alexandria “Occasional-Cortex”
    Seems more appropriate…

  8. Mark Steyn is similarly impressed by her. On Tucker the other day he observed that if she was old enough to run for the Presidency, Trump could be in far more trouble than facing one of the Dems’ octongenarians.

  9. She is a juvenile.

    She distracts from her policies with indirection.

    “You want to take everyone’s money?”

    “Women in leadership face more scrutiny.”

    The press loves it because it gives them plausible deniability as they give full backing to the socialists.

    The Dems distractive politics is wearing thin. The way to deal with OC is to explode her policies. Brush off her attempts to change the subject. Expect them to come; be ready for them.


    As coyoteblog puts it in his postscript

    “…what is the deal with your Ocasio-Cortez fixation? I hear many folks on both sides of the aisle who attribute some of Trump’s electoral success to the media fixation on him that kept him in the news constantly. I am reminded of the old Pepsi challenge, where Pepsi showed people choosing their product over Coke. But the thing was, while Pepsi’s sales increased, so did Coke’s because the commercials kept Coke’s name prominent in people’s minds and established it as the product to which everyone else compares themselves. Do you really want to do the same thing with Ocasio-Cortez?”

  11. Women in US politics would do well to stop moaning about how they are especially badly treated because they are poor victim women. It looks pathetic. Maggie didn’t do that.

  12. “Maggie didn’t do that.” Aye, and she had to put up with a lot of real misogyny, especially from the Left.

    At least the present day Left has established that we may refer to Ms OC as “you stupid woman”.

  13. Tucker the other day he observed that if she was old enough to run for the Presidency, Trump could be in far more trouble than facing one of the Dems’ octongenarians.

    Well, yes. Which means she’s going to create far more trouble for establishment Democrats than the Republicans. Can you imagine her running up against Hillary, for example? I can see these women – AOC, Pelosi, Warren, Harris, Hillary – tearing strips off one another at some point.

  14. Very good point, TimN. And none of those will have the slightest compunction in playing dirty. And have the friends in the MSM to help them do it.
    What with a battle for competitive victim-hood, some world-class finger-pointing & skeleton rattling could set this up to be the bimbo brawl of the century. Could beat mud wrestling as a spectator sport.

  15. She actually speaks pretty well, even if nonsensically. While there is some temptation to call her the Democrats’ Sara Palin, she’s probably a cut above. Being young and pretty, and able to dance, expect the press to pay a lot of attention to her, especially the old guys.

    However, the Dems are not going to enact anything that the Republican Senate doesn’t approve or that Trump doesn’t veto. The Dems can be as silly as they want.

    So, Washington will continue to be a goat rodeo, but it seems that Nancy Pelosi may not be the rodeo queen.

  16. There’s some good memes out there of AOC’s oncoming. Here’s one of her dancing to Mongolian heavy music.

    Republicans and to some extent Dems are making themselves look really stupid over this. Social media has video of teenage girl having fun is a big yawn to most people under about 40 and quite a few over it. Grown ups know it went on before social media and now accept its been captured for posterity.

    Far more worrying is that she is getting oxygen for her juvenile politics.

  17. “This is more scrutiny than a political party hiring a retired spy to find stories about a pee pee tape?”

    Unfair to compare running for the House of Representatives vs running for prez – she’s sucking up way more media attention than the average newbie.

    To put this into context, there are ninety-nine freshmen in Congress this year! (Freshpersons? And that’s with another district pending that is likely to produce the 100th.) How many of them other than her, Rashida Tlaib and Mitt Romney have received any media coverage in the UK? I imagine many of them, particularly representatives rather than senators, have received pretty much zilch outside their home markets even in the USA.

    AOC surely has the same problem as ‘slebs do – you’ve got to suck the coverage up because it’s the kiss of life to your career, but even the fame-hungry have reservations about all their tittle being tattled. I find it hard to disagree with her premise that if she were maler – or for that matter, staler or paler – the media would be far less worked up about her.

  18. The interesting thing about her potential for trouble among Dems is the likelihood that she is their current/future demographic, that demographic knows it, and won’t give a stuff for what the hitherto anointed such as Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi want.

    I think this was George Galloway’s insight when he founded Respect: these people are the future of pols like him, so try and make nice to them.

    But can they make it work?

    I agree with Messrs. Newman and in Spain that HRC would stop at nothing, and I do mean ‘nothing’, to do in AOC, but if AOC proves to be untouchable in the manner of William J Clinton or D Trump, then I think AOC might be able to drive over Hillary without noticing so much as a road hump.

    Be fun to watch the media-entertainment complex’s heads explode as all this happens, though.

    Btw, what happened to SMFS? I’d been meaning to ask…

  19. Mr Ears, to some extent I think that is right. She risks disproving the adage that politics is showbiz for the ugly.

    Not that I would, but she’s an acceptable specimen when brushed-up.

    And as a latina she is likely to age well for about the next 12 to 15 years. After which, all comparisons with the fragrant Sarah Palin are off. And as far as SP goes, I would.

    But I don’t sympathise with AOC’s plight, if that is what it is. She is using her youth and looks to scream around advancing all the feelz she wants. She can’t have it both ways. She could refuse to speak to Anderson Cooper, if she wanted, on the perfectly legitimate grounds that she is a mere 1 of 99 new congresspersons, she is still finding her way, and would like to spend a few years getting her feet under the desk, and learning a bit more about what’s what, before, for instance, casually slandering the head of state/government or ramping up Laffer ignorant, chippy tax arguments.

  20. @Mr Lud

    My sympathy for any politician is necessarily limited, similarly for anyone craving attention. The intersection of both imposes a severe restriction upon my sympathies.

    Nevertheless, I do feel she’s got a point.

  21. Watching Maggie wink at Terry, enjoying her posture, I’ve just realised she might have had somewhat more influence on my views of sexiness in women than I’d appreciated, or remembered.

    I am not an uncritical admirer, but. What a gal.

  22. Does she have the Hispanic vote though? My understanding was she won via the richer, white areas.

    While too many of us label “Hispanics” as a bloc, they tend not to do so to themselves. Well no more than Irish and Italians see themselves as having a common identity. Are Mexicans really going to vote for a Puerto Rican, merely because she is a Latina?

    The rich end of the Democrats are obsessed with race and identity. It doesn’t mean all of them are. For every vote they get because she ticks all the “right” boxes, there’ll be a loss repelled by her actual politics.

  23. Philip Scott Thomas

    …there is some temptation to call her the Democrats’ Sara Palin…

    There is an article on the Spectator blog calling her exactly that. The level of snark is hilarious and well worth reading. Some brilliant (and highly steal-able) turns of phrase. Unfortunately it’s behind a subscription wall.

  24. Stop press.

    Bernie Sanders is a evil woman molester.

    I wonder which approach the left will take? Disown him or it’s different because reasons.

  25. The Occasional-Cortex/Palin article appears to be open access on the Speccie’s US site.

    Note that to me the most annoying thing about the young Congresscritter is the habit people have of referring to her as AOC which will never stand for anything other than Air Officer Commanding in my head.

  26. @Philip Scott Thomas January 10, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the left’s Sarah Palin, Stephen Daisley

    When the media falls in love, it falls hard. Its latest crush is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat congressgirl from New York. With Obama gone, she’s their new idol and how they gasp every time she flutters her Bambi eyes from behind those Deirdre Barlow-grade glasses. Brits find the deference US journalists show their president unseemly — all that standing to attention, Hail to the Chief stuff — but their slobbery swooning over every Great Progressive Hope that comes along is just creepy. There was the White House correspondent who offered to fellate Bill Clinton and the New York Times writer who blogged her shower dream about Barack Obama and claimed ‘many women’ were having sexual fantasies about him. (This is strictly a lefty behaviour. Reporters on National Review don’t get hot under the collar for Mike Pence).

    It’s not hard to see why Ocasio-Cortez has captured the hearts of the media. She’s a woman, she’s a Latina, she’s an endearing geek. If she wasn’t in Congress, she’d have her own show on MSNBC. She also calls herself a ‘democratic socialist’ and advocates a 70 per cent tax rate, which is to say she’s 29 and before entering the House of Representative was a ‘community organiser’. Ocasio-Cortez describes herself as ‘working class’, as only an architect’s daughter who grew up in Yorktown Heights could. Two years into their Trump trauma, the New York Times and the rest needed a new pin-up. It was supposed to be the guy who pretends his name is ‘Beto’ but he lost to the guy who pretends his name is ‘Ted’. Ocasio-Cortez is an upgrade: she’s a real Hispanic.

    So gaga have they gone for the neophyte lawmaker, the media is even hallucinating Republican attacks on her. Last week an anonymous Twitter account snarkily tweeted a video of an undergraduate Ocasio-Cortez busting moves from the Breakfast Club. Without Republicans actually saying anything about the video, the media splurged out dozens of stories about a GOP smear against Ocasio-Cortez based on a single tweet from someone calling themselves @AnonymousQ1776.

    But the press is in love; and as well as imagining right-wing conspiracies against their girl, they also conveniently avoid a rather inconvenient truth: she’s not all that bright. Love means never having to say, ‘You’re an idiot’. No, I know it’s not a nice thing to say but I am simply applying the media’s template for reporting on conservative women — and, besides, lots of not-nice things are still true.

    Yes, Ocasio-Cortez is young and new to politics and on The Good Side but she is responsible for a trail of gaffes that would see her daily lampooned by the media and the Twitter mob if she had an R rather than D after her name. Like the time she said the ‘three chambers of government’ were ‘the presidency, the Senate and the House’. The three branches of government are the executive, the legislative and the judicial. Or the time she was campaigning for a Democrat in Kansas City and pledged that ‘we’re gonna flip this seat red in November’.

    Those are minor brain freezes but she’s not much better on big ticket items. She has claimed that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ‘is required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees every single night and that number has only been increasing since 2009’. The law requires ICE to have 34,000 beds available every night, not to round up 34,000 illegal immigrants to fill them. It’s like a hospital having to keep a set number of beds available; the doctors aren’t expected to go out ramming passing cars to fill a patient quota.

    She told an interviewer: ‘Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.’ First off, that’s not how unemployment figures work. Secondly, as PolitiFact noted, there are at most seven million Americans with more than one job, multiple jobs have not been at a particularly high rate for years, and ‘people who might be working 70 or 80 hours a week amount to a tiny percentage of a tiny percentage’.

    Appearing on the Daily Show last August, she simpered: ‘Just last year we gave the military a $700 billion budget increase, which they didn’t even ask for.’ The defence budget rose by $61 billion, not $700 billion. $700 billion is the entire defence budget. And, while we’re at it, they did ask for it. Then she hailed the Democrats’ victory in Georgia’s 6th congressional district despite being ‘outspent 5-1’. In fact, the Democrats outspent the Republicans in that election.

    Last month, she tweeted that a universal health insurance system could be two-thirds funded by ‘$21 trillion in Pentagon accounting errors’. She had confused cumulative transfers for actual expenditure which should have been obvious since, as the fact-checkers pointed out, ‘the data suggests that the Pentagon hasn’t spent $21 trillion in the entire history of the United States’. Asked about her military expenditure errors, Ocasio-Cortez said: ‘I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.’

    Why, Republicans are entitled to ask, isn’t she being ridiculed the way Sarah Palin was? Why isn’t the basic bolshevik being sent up by Saturday Night Live week after week? Republicans, because they’re Republicans, will instinctively blame liberal media bias. It’s really about culture, though. Media people know a lot more Ocasio-Cortezes than Palins; in fact, most don’t know any Palins. They don’t work with, live with, socialise with, or hook up with people who disagree with them. Ocasio-Cortez looks like someone from their circle of friends; Palin looks like something out of the Dukes of Hazzard.

    More than that, they suspect Ocasio-Cortez gets up the noses of all those toothless banjo-duellers and Russia-brainwashed white supremacists who make up that bit of America between Fresno and the Upper West Side. They are on the wrong side of history and Ocasio-Cortez is post-Trump America: young, progressive, non-white and contemptuous of history and tradition. The internet abounds with articles extolling her facility for trolling conservatives. The aesthetics of antagonism — my enemy’s enemy is my ideal president — will only divide the nation more and Ocasio-Cortez’s conviction that she is right even when her facts are wrong is a sign that post-Trump America won’t be all that post-Trump.
    (c) The Spectator 2019

  27. @GC

    Yes, or against animalkin or therians, or otherkin more generally…

    Though I fear the “being” aspect discriminates against people with Cotard’s syndrome?

    (“Cotard delusion is a rare condition marked by the false belief that you or your body parts are dead, dying, or don’t exist. …

    Can it cause complications?

    Feeling like you’ve already died can lead to several complications. For example, some people stop bathing or taking care of themselves, which can cause those around them to start distancing themselves. This can then lead to additional feelings of depression and isolation. …”)

    Do think they could have put some of the more drastic consequences first in that article.

  28. “Ocasio-Cortez”: how the hell is she allowed to call herself after one of the most racist, most murderous conquerors in history?

    I mean, “Cortez” is just a variant of “Cortés”, isn’t it?

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