“The mere thought of having a young, articulate, telegenic nonwhite woman serve is driving many on the right mad,” wrote Paul Krugman. He was speaking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose progressive ideas are causing those on the right to “reveal their true selves.” Ocasio Cortez’s advocacy for a tax rate of 70% on high incomes is not, as the right has claimed, insane’”the US had a similar tax rate for 35 years after WWII and it’s supported by a Nobel laureate in economics.
- Ocasio-Cortez “is fully in line with serious economic research.”
- Is the right acting hysterical over Ocasio-Cortez?
Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut on the House floor in Washington on Thursday. Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
I have no idea how well Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will perform as a member of Congress. But her election is already serving a valuable purpose. You see, the mere thought of having a young, articulate, telegenic nonwhite woman serve is driving many on the right mad – and in their madness they’re inadvertently revealing their true selves.
Some of the revelations are cultural: The hysteria over a video of AOC dancing in college says volumes, not about her, but about the hysterics. But in some ways the more important revelations are intellectual: The right’s denunciation of AOC’s “insane” policy ideas serves as a very good reminder of who is actually insane.