With Polls and Private Meetings, Republicans Craft Blunt Messaging to Paint Democrats as Extreme – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/us/politics/democrats-republicans-2020.html

Lesson 1: Tricky humor doesn’t work with large crowds.

«The misperception about cows and airplanes originated with a now-retracted fact sheet published by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office that contained an ironic aside about getting rid of “farting cows and airplanes.”»

Lesson 2: Ideas popular on Twitter and among readers of Jacobin are NOT gonna fly:

«Republicans said they also saw “Medicare for all”-type proposals as a way to give their rallying cries on socialism more substance and potency. Some plans, like the one put forward by Mr. Sanders, would largely eliminate private insurance plans, which Republicans have found is overwhelmingly unpopular with the kinds of voters they need to win back.»

This is why my mom asked me what I think of AOC:

«Republicans go unanswered as they try to link the party to socialism — a term that Americans view negatively over all — and to extremism in a broader sense. That has been the motivation behind Republicans’ intense focus on two young, freshman members of Congress: Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, the congresswoman from Queens who calls herself a democratic socialist; and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, whose criticism of Israel led the president and others to condemn her as an anti-Semite. Some of Ms. Omar’s most vocal defenders have been self-described democratic socialists.»

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