America isn’t a socialist nation, and the Democratic Party isn’t a socialist party.
But after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shock win in New York, a growing number of Democrats are pushing a formula to try to nudge the nation and the party in Bernie Sanders’ direction, Axios’ Alexi McCammond reports from Michigan.
- Find candidates who fit the rising Democratic coalitions: young, female, minority — ideally all three.
- Go big or go home with policy fights: Medicare for All, a much higher minimum wage, a down-with-corporations regulatory push.
- Bet that the Trump phenomenon is transferable — that political parties are open to swifter change than commonly believed, as long as you are loud and authentic.
- Bring in Bernie. He remains a rock star with the far left, and a sure bet to juice crowds and attention. And Ocasio-Cortez was just in California spreading the Democratic socialist message.
Why it matters: Ocasio-Cortez and the candidates she has endorsed are trying to blow up the Democratic Party. Yes, they’re angry about Trump,. But they’re more fed up with “establishment” Democrats who they say aren’t working hard enough for the people.