AOC and the Corbynization of the Democrats
Jeffrey Lord
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She just loved him. She wants her party to be just like his.

So it goes with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a staunch supporter of the now-resigned British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn was not only of the extreme Left, as is AOC, he was also notorious for a serious streak of anti-Semitism — both of which are at the core of the AOC wing of the Democratic Party. This has been noticed. Fox News reports the story this way:

“For Jews who are worried about the Corbynization of the Democratic Party, AOC officially endorsing Corbyn is going to look like confirmation of their worst fears,” Forward opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon tweeted.

AOC endorsing Corbyn is a major moment, and for all those who cover anything remotely in the orbit of any of this: You will be judged on how you cover it. Just letting you know. This will be a big part of your grade for the semester,” Washington Examiner executive editor Seth Mandel wrote.

“@AOC backs far Left Marxist Jeremy Corbyn who hates America and Israel and has advanced an anti-Semitic agenda in the Labour Party. This says a lot about the liberal left in the US today,” foreign policy analyst Nile Gardiner reacted.

Note well that phrase from Forward opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon: “The Corbynization of the Democratic Party.” That is exactly what is unfolding before our eyes as impeachment week arrives.

The American Corbyns have grabbed the party of FDR, Harry Truman, and JFK and are dragging it as far left as they can go. So much so that an alarmed former Vice President Joe Biden has taken to warning his fellow Democrats, as noted here by Politico:

“Boris Johnson is winning in a walk,” Biden, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, told attendees of a campaign fundraiser in San Francisco. The prime minister’s Conservative Party captured an overwhelming parliamentary majority in Thursday’s election, taking dozens of seats in Britain’s House of Commons from opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

Predicting news headlines reporting the thumping by Johnson’s Tories, Biden said: “Look what happens when the Labour Party moves so, so far to the left. It comes up with ideas that are not able to be contained within a rational basis quickly.”

Biden went on to assert that the prime minister’s triumph would change public perceptions regarding Trump’s odds of re-election. “You’re also going to see people saying, ‘My God, Boris Johnson, who is kind of a physical and emotional clone of the president, is able to win,’ ” he said.

Uncle Joe gets it. The question is, can he stop the Corbynization of his party? Clearly, as his party leaders force the country into impeachment week heedless of the serious damage they are doing to themselves, the answer is no.

The Labour defeat was massive, as Conservatives won 365 seats, an 80-seat margin not enjoyed since the days of Margaret Thatcher.

It is doubtless not lost on the Democratic Party establishment that the election of Thatcher in 1979 wound up presaging the Reagan landslide of 1980, in which the conservative Reagan carried 44 states in his defeat of President Jimmy Carter. The Reagan–Thatcher pairing of the 1980s was critical to the defeat of the Soviet Union in the Cold War, not to mention introducing a roaring economic boom that heralded a golden age for both America and Britain.

For students of history, there is a curious symmetry between British prime ministers and American presidents. The most famous, of course, was the stellar Roosevelt–Churchill pairing that won World War II. Often enough the election of a new president and prime minister pairs similar types and policies. Reagan and Thatcher were often described as political “soul mates.” Each was replaced by senior establishment figures: George H.W. Bush in America and John Major in Britain. Bill Clinton and Tony Blair were almost identical in their drives to bring their respective parties back from far left field. Now we have Donald Trump and Boris Johnson.

Today, as Biden noted, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a “physical and emotional clone of the president” — and more to the point, a Trump policy clone. Brexit is in essence a “Britain First” or “Make Britain Great Again” policy, making clear that Brits want to run their country and not have it run by a handful of European Union bureaucrats in Brussels.

President Trump jumped on the Johnson victory, tweeting,

Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT. This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U. Celebrate Boris!

In other words, Trump and the Republicans have positioned the Republican Party as the party of the prosperous economy — with millions of jobs, record low unemployment, a stock market that keeps going upwards, and 401Ks bulging.

In contrast, the Corbyn Democrats have set their party on course, like AOC’s British hero, with appeals for socialism and anti-Semitism.

It doesn’t take much imagination to realize that when presented with an Americanized version of Corbynism, the American people will respond with a resounding “NO!!!!”

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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