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How a Socialist Latina Millennial Beat a Wall Street Favorite


How a Socialist Latina Millennial Beat a Wall Street Favorite

Natasha Hakimi Zapata
It might seem unbelievable that after Bernie Sanders’ immense success in the 2016 Democratic primaries, running on a grass-roots campaign that condemned Wall Street’s influence and called for social justice, Democrats can still be caught off guard by progressives unseating their heavyweights.


This is quite cool. The fact that she won by double-digits over the number four Democrat in the House who had a sizable campaign budget and no major scandals is just wonderful. I hope the enthusiasm and support in her district stays high heading into November as her Republican opponent will now be very well financed and will start throwing mud quickly.


How can she be a Socialist if she’s running in the capitalist democratic party?


Posted in another thread, but this picture belongs with the other images in this article. From Jeff Stein, WaPo: (top image)


Its interesting how MSNBC was ignoring this race but I heard about it on UTUBE . And I hope she is being careful because all the special interests are going to be knocking on her door. The number one issue here is all the corrupt money in politics----I do hope she will use this platform to call out the corruption. And as she stated the primary is an ideal way to take on the establishment in strong Democrat districts------Now Calif needs to send Feinstein packing----and I like Feinstein as a person , but she needs to go.


And there’s this. The turnout in the Dem primary was about 12% of registered Dems.

This shows a number of things:

  1. The vast majority of Dems don’t give a shit, even when they have a real Dem to vote for;
  2. Ocasio-Cortez stands on shaky ground because the party can find a way to undermine her by/in Nov. Her base is tiny;
  3. The Rethugs can and will put gobs of money into defeating her while DLC/DNC Dems wipe their beaten noses and arses.

Her voting base must be converted to an organizing base for November and she and Cynthia Nixon need to tie their boats tightly together to face the storms in Sept (gubernatorial primary) and Nov. And Bernie needs to get off his well-funded keister and get back home to NY to support both of these progressive women in the second most populous state in the U.S.


My profound gratitude to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had the rare COURAGE to call Israel’s massacre of Palestinian protesters, including targeted assassinations of reporters and doctors, a “massacre”.

Increasingly people are acknowledging, as President Jimmy Carter has, that America is no longer functioning as a democracy, but as an oligarchy. Things large majorities want done are not being done, and things large majorities want not done are being done. This is all due to big money, which has captured the press and the politicians.

Just as the colonists of 1776 revolted against the big money of Britain, Americans today need to revolt against the big money behind Israel. A succinct history of this corruption and its immense ramifications is given in
“War Profiteer Story”


Excellent points.


When the chips are down, MSNBC is definitely an oligarchy “news” outlet behind a progressive mask.
“Is MSNBC Now the Most Dangerous Warmonger Network?”


Not sure. Should we ask Bernie on this one?


Sounds right.

Well, hail Mary.

It’s nice to see she’s gotten this far. If anything is going to come from the Democratic Party in the next decade or two, it has to take something like this path.


Her best strategy was staying under the radar. Her base was aware she was running and showed up at the polls. Nobody else did. The other guy’s base prolly had no idea who was running against him.


How did the Republican party go from the party of Lincoln to the party of Trump?


DNC: move! Move over or lose big. Your power is in PEOPLE, not in your “war chest.” Do what the people want! Now.


Maybe this will help answer your question, EVD.


the colonists of 1776 revolted against the big money of Britain, Americans today need to revolt against the big money behind Israel.

Always surprises me how very little people really know about the class-divide during the American War of Independence. Are you sure George Washington was such a pauper?


Good articles. Will people opt out of the capitalist democrat/republican duopoly before its too late? It’s probably already too late.


I agree Washington was not a pauper. But the Crown was squeezing the colonial economy as a whole. One of its later acts was to forbid the colonies from creating their own currency, forcing them to use British currency, a significant economic leash.