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Why Democrats are Now Embracing Socialism

Bernie Sanders started the movement in 2016, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proved it wasn’t a one-person phenomenon last month.

By NTK Staff | 07.31.2018 @4:00pm
Why Democrats are Now Embracing Socialism

The rise and almost cult-like following of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) certainly irritated Hillary Clinton and mainstream Democrats. Here, a self-proclaimed socialist was beating a lifelong Democrat in primary states across the country.

It was an unimaginable scenario in 2015, but by 2018, it’s become part of Democrats’ playbook for winning the midterms.

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), a 10-term incumbent and likely heir to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) spot as top House Democrat, she ushered in a new era of Democrats embracing socialist candidates.

Now, as Axios reports, recruiting socialist candidates has become part of Democrats’ 2018 “playbook”:

The template:

1. Find candidates who fit the rising Democratic coalitions: young, female, minority — ideally all three.

2. Go big or go home with policy fights: Medicare for all, a much higher minimum wage, down-with-corporations regulations.

3. Bet that the Trump phenomenon is transferable: that political parties are open to swifter change than commonly believed as long as you are loud and authentic.

4. Bring in Bernie. He remains a rock star with the far left, and a sure bet to juice crowds and attention.

The problem with Democrats’ strategy is that it might make for good campaign fodder, but if these candidates actually get elected and are forced to legislate, they very well could find voters are not on board with the massive tax hikes that would be necessary to pay for single-payer health care, guaranteed jobs for everyone, and other various socialist policies.

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