Former Clinton adviser Doug Schoen wishes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would “just go away” as her progressive views are not the best to win over moderate voters the Democratic Party needs.
The 65-year-old Democratic campaign consultant weighed in on the freshman lawmaker in a segment on Fox News’ “The Five” on Thursday, agreeing with outgoing Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill who did not think too highly of Ocasio-Cortez.
“I’m not sure what she’s done yet to generate that kind of enthusiasm, but I wish her well,” the Missouri Democrat who lost to Republican Josh Hawley, told CNN, referring to Ocasio-Cortez as “a bright, shiny new object” and slamming her “cheap” rhetoric.
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Schoen agreed that McCaskill “is certainly right,” arguing that the 29-year-old New York Democratic Socialist should not be the face representing the party moving forward to 2020 elections.
“You have to be a moderate in most of America, on the two coasts – not so much,” Schoen said.
In middle America, however, “it was moderates, not progressives who won,” he added. “Claire McCaskill is proof positive of somebody who fell victim to the left-wing drift of the Democratic Party.”
Schoen was not enthusiastic about this shift which “The Five” co-host Dana Perino noted may have provided the energy Democrats needed to win back the House in November.
“As the only one on this panel who probably wants to see a Democrat elected in 2020, I’d like her to just go away, be quiet,” Schoen said.
Katie Pavlich interjected, saying Ocasio-Cortez is definitely “not going away,”
“I hope Nancy Pelosi gets to her and says she’d do better for herself to be silent for a while, because she is not the face or the voice of the Democratic Party that I grew up with, know and continue to support,” he added.
But Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones warned that Ocasio-Cortez and her influence on young voters should not be underestimated by either party.
“You can’t laugh at socialism when they start winning,” he said. “She’s not the only one. There are waves of these Democratic candidates, and it’s because of the rise on these college campuses where these kids are taught that socialism works. They feel like it works.”
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