In a much-needed wake-up call for Democrats, the party's fourth-ranking member of its House leadership, Representative Joseph Crowley, was ousted by 28-year-old progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her liberal platform, especially on immigration and health care, and her victory because of or in spite of it, show that the liberal base is energized, showing up at the polls and a force to be reckoned with and taken seriously, states The New York Times editorial board. As such, Ocasio-Cortez represents a refreshing change within the Democratic party, leading a new generation of young, liberal Democrats who are passionate to effect change.
In a defeat that pleased Republicans but shocked Democrats, liberal activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ousted top House Democrat Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic primary, emphasizing the party’s internal divisions. The fact that the No. 4 House Democrat, previously considered as Nancy Pelosi’s replacement as House leader, was unseated by a 28-year-old underfunded progressive highlights the Democratic Party’s widening divide between political and generational wings, state Steve Peoples, Deepti Hajela and Meg Kinnard of Associated Press as printed in News Observer. This divide may signal larger problems in November’s midterm elections.