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What is less obvious is the role Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Omar will play for the Sanders campaign. Waleed Shahid, the communications director for the progressive group Justice Democrats, which helped propel Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional campaign, said the two women can mobilize their own networks of volunteers and donors. He pointed to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s influence this year in the Democratic primary for district attorney in Queens, where her support for Tiffany Cabán helped to nearly lift her to victory.

And because the two congresswomen represent the activist base of the party, he said, they could galvanize progressive activists around the country.

But perhaps above all, the endorsements will help dispel questions about Mr. Sanders’s viability post-heart attack, he said.

“Some voters do have questions around his age,” Mr. Mitchell said. “Voters who have that question in mind are probably thinking twice about that now that they see the youngest leaders of the Democratic Party supporting Bernie.”


Although we don’t like to talk about superdelegates, it’s helpful that both of them are.



In an interview with local news outlet NY1 ahead of the Queens rally, Sanders described Ocasio-Cortez as “one of the great political phenomenons in recent American history.”

“This is a young woman who a year ago nobody knew who she was. And in one year, in the United States Congress she has been a leader on major issue after major issue, including the Green New Deal, including issues of housing, including issues of addressing the crisis of student debt,” the Vermont independent said. “So she is really an inspiration to people not only in New York but all over this country and I’m very, very proud that she is now a part of our campaign.”

The endorsement, Justice Democrats Executive Director Alexandra Rojas said on the eve of the New York rally, is “significant in the sense that it shows that the Bernie campaign is important to progressives and Democratic voters.”

“I know that Justice Democrats and myself (in this role) wouldn’t even exist if it hadn’t been for Bernie’s 2016 presidential run,” Rojas said. “He has a young, racially diverse, totally working-class base of support, which is the same people that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents. She looks so much more like the grassroots base of the Democratic Party than Chuck Schumer, than Nancy Pelosi. And I think that’s why the endorsement was so important for Bernie.”


There was a little too much Bernie and twilight in this article, but the author is correct that eventually the torch needs to be passed and AOC is the logical next torchbearer.


The timing of Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement sends a sharp message to the party establishment and the progressive movement: We socialists are not here for Elizabeth Warren’s reformed capitalism. We socialists want socialism, and we’re not keeping quiet until we get it. Ocasio-Cortez seems to be telling us that Sanders and his movement will still be with us when he’s gone—and that she aims to be the one who leads it.

Ocasio-Cortez is making her move at a pivotal point in the race. Warren has eclipsed Sanders as not just the left-wing frontrunner, but the race’s frontrunner, leading or tied for the lead in most national and early state polls. Two weeks ago, Sanders suffered a heart attack, raising serious questions about whether his campaign could even continue. If Ocasio-Cortez didn’t see a significant difference between Warren and Sanders, or if she wanted to cozy up to Warren and be seen as part of her team, she would have great incentive to endorse Warren, urge her fellow socialists to join her, and help squelch any ideological skirmishing on the left.

The more obvious explanation is that Ocasio-Cortez wants to keep the socialist flame burning. Sanders is 78 years old and is in the twilight of his career. If the socialist movement that he has built is going to last, the torch must be passed. Ingraham may well be correct that Ocasio-Cortez wants to take that torch and eventually run for president herself. She would be just barely constitutionally eligible when she turns 35 in 2024. But her Sanders endorsement signals what kind of presidential campaign that would be—a direct descendant of the Sanders efforts that have put building a durable socialist movement in America above short-term electoral considerations.

So Ocasio-Cortez is prepared to remain in the Democratic fold, but her endorsement of Sanders means she has no intention of shelving the socialist banner in the process. The Democratic Party’s big tent has long been filled with ideological tensions between moderates and progressives, but now there is also friction between progressives and socialists. And considering that Ocasio-Cortez is 48 years younger than Sanders, you can be sure that the socialist wing of the Democratic Party is not going away anytime soon.


i hope aoc is president. she’d be vp if she was old enough.

there’s only friction between progressives and socialists if they insist on calling liberals progressive.


Genuine liberals are progressive. A Futurist (like me) is a type of visionary liberal democratic socialist.


Castro was certainly better than Buttigieg or Klobuchar


Julián Castro rebuked Pete Buttigieg in a fundraising email to supporters Friday, criticizing the Indiana mayor over his decision to accept funds from a former Chicago city attorney involved in the botched handling of the police shooting of teen Laquan McDonald.

Castro was the first Democratic presidential candidate to call out Buttigieg for his connection to Steve Patton, who made a $5,600 donation to the Buttigieg campaign in June and was scheduled to co-host a fundraising event Friday.

As city attorney, Patton was a key player in the effort to withhold footage of McDonald’s death. The Associated Press reported on Friday that Patton’s donation would be returned to him and that his name was removed as a sponsor of the fundraiser.

“I applaud Mayor Buttigieg for returning the contribution, but at a time where police violence remains such a critical issue, it shouldn’t take four months to return such a problematic contribution,” Castro wrote.

Castro has been especially focused on issues of social justice and criminal justice reform both on the debate stage and campaign trail this year, and his campaign has highlighted the fact that he is one of the few candidates to pay such close attention to those issues.

“While other campaigns focused on attacking bold ideas and the frontrunners in the last debate, I was the only one to highlight police violence, the shooting of Atatiana Jefferson, and I was the only candidate to point out the hypocrisy of letting ISIS fighters run free in Syria while keeping innocent children in cages at our southern border,” Castro wrote in the email.


There is something likeable about Castro. I didn’t hear much from him at the ‘debate,’ but wasn’t watching it either.


For those of you who have cable, Bernie’s rally will be on CSPAN 1 starting at noon CT.

You might see Subir there. He’s one of the volunteers for the event!

Margaret Carbone
Margaret Carbone

I’m here! In line, this is Mags btw. At Queensbridge Plaza.

Sign, “A heart of gold cannot break!”


way to go mags !!!!!


Please bring a full report. 🙂 I was hoping you could be there.

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