How does someone with such a poor grasp of civics win an election? If Republicans don’t learn a basic lesson now, they’ll face a tough slog in 2020.
Ocasio-Cortez, despite whatever you might say about her politics, worked her ass off to win her seat. And there’s evidence to prove it.
Cornell University has a new exhibit featuring scraps of history in their new “WOMEN EMPOWERED: Fashions from the Frontline”
The exhibit, which will debut on December 6th, calls on women to submit items of clothing that have empowered them in the past. Other items include collars from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a gown from suffrage activist Olivia “Livy” Langdon, a skirt owned by Janet Reno and the inaugural suit of Texas governor Ann Richards, among others.
Back in June, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a picture of her pair of shoes: beaten, worn-out and with hole-filled soles.
“Here’s my 1st pair of campaign shoes, ” she said. “I knocked doors until rainwater came through my soles. Respect the hustle. We won (because) we out-worked the competition. Period.”
“These shoes represent the hard work, dedication, determination, and commitment of the youngest woman ever elected to Congress,” the Cornell Costume Collection posted.
Source: Federalist Papers
She says she won that election because of all the doors she knocked on. These shoes are proof of that.
Some folks are saying I won for “demographic” reasons.
1st of all, that’s false. We won w/voters of all kinds.
2nd, here’s my 1st pair of campaign shoes. I knocked doors until rainwater came through my soles.
Respect the hustle. We won bc we out-worked the competition. Period. pic.twitter.com/RbpQMYTiWY
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 29, 2018
The question is, what will Republicans do about it for 2020? Will they hope to ride the coattails of Trump’s campaign or just run a negative campaign on how badly the other guy sucks?
That’s not how this works. Trump’s national campaign was relentless. People were amazed by his stamina crisscrossing the country with those endless events, meeting people as directly as a national campaign could let him… in those enormous rallies.
But local campaigns are different, aren’t they?
With a local campaign, you can literally knock on the door of almost every person you hope to represent.
You can look each voter in the eye. You can wear out the soles on your shoes. (That’s what O-C did!) You can find out what your local constituents REALLY care about by asking them directly and you can convince people at their own doors to register to vote.
Or, you can just mail it in and hope for the best.
You can put your trust in robocalls, slick marketing campaigns, and mailers. And then, after you lose, you can get together with pundits and bitch about how the voters don’t know what’s best for them, about how the progressive machine stole your vote.
Their political approach and structure — their activist base — is all about the ‘ground game’.
What’s it going to be? Hard work or excuses?
Because you can bet your bottom dollar… the other side wants their power back so badly they can taste it. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.
How about you? Are you willing to knock on doors in ‘the weather’ starting yesterday? Or are you already drafting that concession speech?
As one author put it, “If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat”
It comes down to hard work or excuses.
The choice is yours, Republican Candidates: get busy or get left behind.
The Trumpinator: every time his rivals think they’ve got him down and out, he stands back up and keeps on coming.
They laughed when he announced his candidacy. They took him for some kind of circus sideshow. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
Trump survived the primaries and got the nomination. He knocked out Crooked Hillary.
He beat CNN at their own game, and their ratings are now circling the toilet.
Mueller and the Dossier aren’t just coming up empty, they’re exposing the misdeeds of Brennan, Comey, McCabe, Strzok and all the rest.
And Trump is still keeping promises, and getting things done.
The economy is doing exactly what he promised it would. #PromisesKept
And in 2020, The Trumpinator is gonna do it again.
He’ll be back.
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