Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent victory over House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley suggests that the Democratic party may be going through a shake-up led by liberal Millennials, argues Douglas MacKinnon in the Washington Examiner. Cortez’s underdog victory has set an example for others on the socialist-left that they, too, can make their voices heard within the Democratic party and its leadership. That Cortez won on a platform embracing free education for all, universal healthcare, and open borders, among issues, shows that she and other young socialists may be upending the Democratic party to shift it more left.
While liberal activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists in America, and her victory over Joseph Crowley in the NY Democratic primary may show that voters want something new, it is not proof that socialism is becoming a serious force in the Democratic party, argues CBS News. Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shoots down rumors of the self-identified socialist leading a left-leaning internal party shake-up. According to Pelosi, Cortez’s victory may show that socialism is, perhaps, ascendant in her district, but not within the whole Democratic party, which has historically hosted various ideological currents.