Friday, February 19, 2021

A Sweet Gal With Traditional Values

I can unabashedly say that I've been a fan of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez since her arrival on the political scene.  I remember seeing her campaign ads on NYC subway platforms, and getting the impression that they could be advertisements for a television drama or romantic comedy about a young woman trying to make it in the big city (I'd say she's made it in two big cities).  She's smart, media savvy, and dedicated to her constituents, mainly working-class residents of the Bronx and Queens.  She's also a sweet girl who better embodies 'traditional values' than the Republicans who claim to espouse them... here she is giving up meat for the entirety of Lent to memorialize Representative Jaime Raskin's son: I'm tempted to join Twitter just to give her my falafel recipe, learned from a Coptic neighbor decades ago, and refined over the intervening years (protip: use a 50/50 blend of chickpeas and peeled fava beans). The responses to her post are so sweet and wholesome, she has a nice community of fans, many of whom appear to be fantastic cooks. It's weird how such a wholesome, caring woman could be porttayed as a Stalinist menace by a bunch of hypocritical faux-Christians. Even better, Representative Ocasio-Cortez has proved to be a more effective advocate for Texas residents than their own senators (I'm looking at Fled Cruz, in particular). While they have been AWOL or MIA, AOC has raised money for relief for beleaguered Texans: She still had time to take the creep to the woodshed, in her typical 'raised in the internet age' fashion: Sure, 'Don't Mess With Texas', an anti-littering campaign slogan, has become a meme, but the real takeaway here is 'Don't Mess With the Bronx'.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Magnificent post about a magnificent person!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

She really is a remarkable individual, and I hope to follow her career for years to come.

PamieC said...

Thank you from the bottom of my Texas born and bred heart, AOC! Thanks also, Beto! Texas is going to go blue. It is inevitable. The people must be protected.

Marc McKenzie said...

I admit that I have, at times, been critical of AOC.

But I will also admit that there are times when I have to say that my respect for her has gone up quite a few notches and I that I am deeply impressed.

This is one of those times, and there will be more. She has a great future ahead of her in politics (which is probably why the GOP hates her so much).

Bravo, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Thank you from the bottom of my Texas born and bred heart, AOC! Thanks also, Beto! Texas is going to go blue. It is inevitable. The people must be protected.

I'd love to know how many voters now wish they'd voted for Beto.

This is one of those times, and there will be more. She has a great future ahead of her in politics (which is probably why the GOP hates her so much).

She's smart, she's good hearted, and she's worked her way up from a working-class life, she will be a game-changer of a politician throughout her career.