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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigning (photo: @Ocasio2018)

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory seems to be misunderstood in a number of ways. First, it is hard to say that it was representative of Democratic Party supporters in the district. Suppose we measure the Democratic Party voters by Crowley’s vote total in the 2016 Congressional election, when he faced no primary opponent and a nominal general election foe (Crowley won 83

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    Senator Schumer on a tele-town hall (photo: @SenSchumer)

    Pay heed Chuck Schumer. The base is coming for you.

    And for good reason. The Democratic establishment is historically unpopular. And there is no exception even in deep blue New York.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s resounding defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley, the so-called King of the Queens machine, makes clear that establishment Democrats need to wake up. The election of an overnight socialist sensation was a clear demonstration that the groundswell of grassroots progressive activism in New