With AOC gracing the cover of Vanity Fair is Senate Democrat Leader looking at primary challenger in 2022?
Halloween is Saturday in spite of COVID restrictions.
Yesterday (Wed, 10/28), Vanity Fair released its December issue with the familiar face of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY-14) on its cover.
The 31 years old Boricua (Puerto Rican heritage) is on route to a 2nd term in the House. The leader of the 4-women Squad of Democratic Leftists with supporting cast of Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-11), AOC is the undisputed leader of the Squad which will welcome additional Leftists in the new 117th Congress.
And in spite of certain Republicans thinking Illinois’ Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D, IL-14) is a member of the Squad, she is not. Indeed, Underwood’s most vocal supporters are not fans of “AOC”, which they believe means “Always on Camera”.
The photo shoots of AOC, including video of photo shoots accompanying the online article, in the Vanity Fair cover story will only confirm their derision.
But it’s the following quote from the cover story titled “AOC’s Next Four Years” that drew headlines in more political publications, like POLITICO:
“I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what that would look like.
“I don’t see myself really staying where I’m at for the rest of my life.”Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, December 2020 Vanity Fair
While AOC would barely qualify to be presidential age in 2024, it is 2022 which shook up the political world, and especially 4-term senior Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer.
Centrist Democrats and Republicans, including the disgusting and despicable Lincoln Project, have contended a complete Democrat takeover of Congress and a Joe Biden presidency will not be the radical Democrat the vocal Leftists like AOC want to see.
From their thinking, the firewall to House Democrats would be Senate Majority Democrats predominately of centrists under the leadership of centrists(?) Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin (assuming Durbin wins a 5th term next week).
Will Schumer stay “centrist” with the prospect of an AOC 2022 primary challenge breathing down his neck after becoming Senate Majority Leader for the first time, should the Democrats flip the Senate?
And does Durbin turn down the possible chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee to stay Democrat Whip with a possible chance to become Democratic Leader if Schumer loses his seat in 2022?
(Many Democrats were unhappy with Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (CA) for praising Chairman Lindsey Graham at the end of the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings earlier this month. Should Democrats flip the Senate, several Democrats do not want the 87 years old Feinstein to become chair, and Durbin is next in line to be chairman, but he’d have to give up the Whip position).
Back to AOC, who’s running against her on the ballot next week in NY-14?
The Republican nominee is John Cummings, and on the surface, in spite of the district being very strong Democrat, he has raised a total of $9.6 million and had nearly $1.1 million cash-on-hand through October 14, according to FEC filings.
AOC has raised nearly $18 million and had nearly $4.1 million in the bank after fending off a very well-funded primary challenge from Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, winning with over 70% of the primary vote and included millions of dollars in Independent Expenditures against AOC.
AOC will win a 2nd term in the House, and could be Chuck Schumer’s worst Halloween nightmare who’ll be there haunting him long after Saturday night.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.