It’s not as if we turn to the Intercept for smart takes on, well, anything, but this is impressively bizarre even for them:
— juan vidal (@itsjuanlove) February 26, 2019
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) February 26, 2019
Intercept columnist and Al Jazeera English host Mehdi Hasan writes:
“It’s easy to call what AOC is doing as far-lefty, but nothing could be farther from the truth,” Nick Hanauer, the venture capitalist and progressive activist, told MSNBC in January. “When you advocate for economic policies that benefit the broad majority of citizens, that’s true centrism. What Howard Schultz represents, the centrism that he represents, is really just trickle-down economics.”
“He is not the centrist,” continued Hanauer. “AOC is the centrist.”
Hanauer is right. And Bernie Sanders is centrist too — smeared as an “ideologue” (The Economist) and “dangerously far left” (Chicago Tribune). So too is Elizabeth Warren — dismissed as a “radical extremist” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) and a “class warrior” (Fox News).
The inconvenient truth that our lazy media elites do so much to ignore is that Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, and Warren are much closer in their views to the vast majority of ordinary Americans than the Bloombergs or the Bidens. They are the true centrists, the real moderates; they represent the actual political middle.
Naturally, AOC thinks that assessment is right on the money:
But those of us who aren’t idiots know that it’s a steaming crock of B.S.
— Jon Blumenthal (@JonBlumenthal) February 26, 2019
— Gary Amato (@amatogl) February 26, 2019
In what universe? https://t.co/uCv3VBwoWb
— The eyes of Fred are upon you (@fredontwittur) February 26, 2019
She speaks for most Americans that don't know what the hell they're getting themselves into. I guarantee you that she DOES NOT speak for me.
— Anthony (@Republic1976TX) February 26, 2019
Please tell me this is a parody. Otherwise this charade has gone from entertainingly silly to just sad.
— Al (@alocke4454) February 26, 2019