A socialist candidate who is enjoying rock star status among the Left shouldn't expect the same treatment in the Midwest, says a conservative writer-activist.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, became an overnight political star after her stunning primary win over ten-term Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley last month.
Ocasio-Cortez represents the "future of our party," Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, proclaimed days after her surprise upset.
Now the self-described Democratic socialist plans to depart New York City and head to the Midwest to stump for far-left Democratic candidates in Kansas and Michigan.
Primaries in both Kansas and Michigan take place August 7.
Robert Knight, a columnist for The Washington Times, tells OneNewsNow there is no doubt Ocasio-Cortez will find pockets of likeminded people, especially in university towns that attract liberals.
"So if this socialist from New York goes to almost anywhere in the country, she can find likeminded people," Knight comments. "It doesn't mean that the majority in those places will be for her socialism."
Meanwhile, The Hill reports that seasoned Democratic lawmakers are advising the candidate to "cool it" after she is attacking her own party from the left and claiming that Crowley – who has endorsed her - wants to challenge her in November by mounting a third-party run.
What will really help the candidate, Knight says, is the glowing reception she will receive from adoring media, which also attracts far-left believers.
"There are a lot of socialists in the media," he warns. "They call themselves liberals but they're really socialist."
So the media darling and new star of the Democratic Party will enjoy her trip to help other candidates, says Knight, but it's up in the air how that motivates voters in Kansas and Michigan.