If the Democratic Party allows Joe Biden to somehow snatch the 2024 nomination, they’ll deserve whatever prolonged period of political irrelevance that they get.
Biden has consistently suggested that he’d be running again in 2024, despite his already abysmal approval ratings and the fact that a number of prominent Democrats are beginning to demonstrate their unease with the idea.
And while one would think that the consideration of any other candidate would likely see the Democrats move incrementally, (particularly as it seems likely that they’ll once again be up against the MAGA Movement), one strategist seems to think that taking a massive swing to the left would be best.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., should be the 2024 Democratic presidential nominee, political strategist Michael Starr Hopkins argued on Tuesday.
In an op-ed for The Hill, Hopkins compared the congresswoman to former President Barack Obama as the “fresh air” Democrats need for their party.
“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is less of a personality and more of a movement. Yes, the smart, photogenic congresswoman is the face of the rising progressive movement, but she is also the future of the Democratic Party. AOC has cultivated a following beyond politics. She’s an influencer in its purest form. Her ability to relate to her supporters and allow them a glimpse into her private life is a blueprint for Democrats trying to act less like mannequins and more like humans,” Hopkins wrote.
He added, “She’s the voice of a movement that began after the banks were bailed out by the government, while homeowners were left to default. The simplicity with which she talks about everyday struggles hints that she’s not just a persona for consumption. She isn’t beholden to corporations, is a prodigious small-dollar fundraiser, and could out-Trump Trump like no other politician has been able to.”
The controversial liberal would almost certainly have a difficult time attracting the glut of moderate voters that Biden did, however, making it extremely difficult for her to find enough votes to be competitive in 2024 general election.