‘Palin was another talented young communicator who made a big splash in national politics before having her lack of knowledge painfully exposed…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Neoconservative columnist Max Boot compared Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-N.Y., to former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, causing the 29-year-old socialist to call him “resentful,” The Hill reported
The op-ed came on the heels of a tweetstorm from the freshman congresswoman ripping fact-checking sites like Politifact—in very Palinesque fashion—for their bias and false equivalency by virtue of their having done as many corrections on her as they have on White House Communications director Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Ocasio–Cortez griped that her misstatement of facts should not be in the same league as the outright lies that the White House allegedly told.
“In some ways, Ocasio–Cortez reminds me of Sarah Palin, a comparison neither woman will appreciate,” Boot wrote. “Palin was another talented young communicator who made a big splash in national politics before having her lack of knowledge painfully exposed. Instead of studying up, Palin gave up any pretense of seriousness and has now disappeared from the debate. This is a cautionary tale for Ocasio–Cortez.”
Ocasio–Cortez shot back in a tweet, touting as evidence of her intellectual acumen a recent endorsement from far-left New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who supported her proposal to raise the top tax rate to 70-80 percent.
Krugman, a Nobel laureate for economics who ‘earned’ his much in the way that Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Al Gore earned the once-coveted Peace Prize, is best known these days for his doom-and-gloom prediction of a “global recession with no end in sight” three days after Donald Trump’s election.
Naturally, the same week we kick-start a nat’l convo on marginal tax rates endorsed by Nobel-Prize winning economists, I’m being described as “vacuous.”
If you’re allowed to characterize female politicians as “unlikeable,” are we allowed to describe takes like these “resentful?” https://t.co/cMikVKcJ5U
— Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez (@AOC) January 8, 2019
Boot listed the flubs that make Ocasio–Cortez a “democratic socialist…who cares more about ideological correctness than factual correctness.”
And Ocasio–Cortez admitted as much on CBS’s “60 Minutes” last weekend.
“I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez said, without evidence, that the Pentagon has $21 trillion lying around that could be used to pay for Medicare-for-all.
She asked, bafflingly, “Why aren’t we incorporating the cost of all the funeral expenses of those who died because they can’t afford access to health care? That is part of the cost of our system.”
She claimed “unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs,” and Boot added that “only 5 percent of people actually have two jobs.”
She said, “ICE is required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees every single night,” which Boot called an “urban myth.”
She said the “upper-middle class does not exist anymore in America,” to which Boot said “not only does it exist, it’s growing.”
“For both the far left and the far right, facts are an irksome ‘detail’ of scant importance. What really matters is being ‘morally right,'” Boot wrote. “If this attitude takes hold among the broader populace, responsible self-government becomes impossible, and radical demagogues will succeed reactionary ones.”