In stark contrast to the radical attitudes being billed as the future of the Democratic Party, Republican voters have reason to feel good about what tomorrow may hold for the GOP.
On the Democrat side of this equation is the politically challenged freshman from the Bronx, Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez, who stumbles half-cocked from one controversy to the next, and on the other side is the fresh face of Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas.
Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, is establishing himself as a voice of reason in the din of zealotry that Washington, D.C. has become.
Both lawmakers are freshmen, with Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez describing Ocasio-Cortez, a self-avowed democratic socialist, the future of the party, and many on the right seeing Crenshaw in a similar manner.
“He’s young. He’s exciting. He has a great story. Like, Trump’s a billionaire, and he’s the soldier, you know?” Jeremiah Childs, 20, told Politico after the Republican spoke at CPAC. “It’s two different things that are part of the ethos of the Republican Party. And he also sort of has that pop-culture brand.”
Characterized by Politico as “one of his party’s most prominent communicators,” Crenshaw spoke about liberty, personal responsibility and limited government while talking to the audience about how to inspire “people back home” to embrace these conservative values.
— CPAC 2021 (@CPAC) February 27, 2019
He also mentioned today’s culture of outrage.
“A society full of people who are easily enraged by every tweet they see, or some news story that comes out—so susceptible to outrage culture, so ready to be offended — it’s not a sustainable society. It’s a society at each other’s throats,” Crenshaw said.
Compare that to Ocasio-Cortez, who struggles to understand the complexities of tax breaks and worries about cow farts while questioning whether Americans should or should not have children.
What Crenshaw didn’t talk about was President Donald Trump.
But that appears to be part of his wide appeal, according to Fox News, which pointed out that Crenshaw publicly disagreed with Trump on withdrawing from Syria but has backed the president’s decision to declare an emergency at the southern border.
Andrew Surabian, a former Trump White House official, talked about how Crenshaw has been able to walk a fine line.
“While he has some views that are different from the president,” Surabian explained, according to Fox News, “he has put himself in a position where he is still an ally to the administration on the whole.”
Or, as Politico tweeted: “Dan Crenshaw seems less intent on passing legislation than being an effective messenger for his party — including trying to convince younger voters that conservatism and Trump aren’t one and the same.”
Dan Crenshaw seems less intent on passing legislation than being an effective messenger for his party –– including trying to convince younger voters that conservatism and Trump aren’t one and the same https://t.co/ftuVMZ5NSe
— POLITICO (@politico) March 3, 2019
Crenshaw exploded on the national scene when “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson mocked his eye patch, saying the former Navy SEAL looked like a “hitman in a porno movie.”
He lost his eye while fighting for his country in Afghanistan, and managed to come out ahead in the dust-up.
In an accurate encapsulation of where we are as country today, Crenshaw’s 332,00 Twitter following pales in comparison to the socialist dimwit’s 3.37 million followers.
Crenshaw has jousted with Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, as seen last month when he took a jab at her over her proposed 70 percent marginal tax rate.
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