Alexandria and Bernie have the distinction of playing the role of Otto and Gregor Strasser to Biden’s Paul von Hindenberg and Kamala’s Fuhrer.
By Alex Thompson and Caitlin Oprysko
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had less time to speak at the Democratic National Convention than a former Republican governor, a George W. Bush Cabinet official, and the party’s unsuccessful 2004 nominee.
And the left isn’t happy about it, reigniting some of the tension from the 2020 presidential primary.
“AOC is the personification of the future of the party, but the traditional Dems have always struggled to keep up, motivate, and inspire,” said Natalia Salgado, chief of civic engagement at the Center for Popular Democracy. “If they understood what they need to do to turn out our communities, they would have had AOC front and center.”
Biden’s convention has so far seemed more intent in reaching out to moderates and disillusioned Republicans rather than the left wing of the party that he defeated in the primary. It’s unclear whether Ocasio-Cortez would have spoken at all had Bernie Sanders not asked her to second his nomination.