what's with this obsession with AOC on the right?

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bunch of attention being paid to her on Fox News and right-wing social media.
Conservatives’ obsession with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may seem ridiculous. Ever since the 29-year-old former bartender wrested the Democratic primary nomination from the 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley, right-wing media has fixated on the unapologetically left-wing representative. From her clothes to her nickname to her high school to her childhood home, conservatives seem particularly intent on proving that her working-class background is fraudulent.


Some of the frenzy is rooted in sexism—conservative pundits have referred to Ocasio-Cortez as a “little girl,” and openly fantasized about going on a “date or two” with her. Some of it has to do with her politics—she recently suggested taxing income above $10 million at 70 percent, anathema to conservatives (but hardly as radical as they wish it were). She is an effective avatar of the rising left: a young, working-class person of color who is fluent in the culture of the internet and, unusually for a Democrat with a national profile, not easily spooked by criticism from the right. It is not surprising that conservatives would oppose Ocasio-Cortez; her politics are opposed to theirs. But that fails to explain the degree of interest she has drawn from her right-wing critics since winning the primary last year.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Conservative Obsession - The Atlantic


What's up with that?


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She represents the prospect of a more progressive, diverse America where those who were once deprived of power and influence can shape the course of the nation and its politics. The story of her family’s working-class roots in the Bronx is both specific enough to be compelling and universal enough for anyone, including many voters in Trump’s base, to relate to. And that’s precisely why her story, like Obama’s, must be discredited.
^^^^this.
 
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Has the possibility that the right sees AOC as a gift been considered?

She presents these poorly thought out extremist ideas with a complete straight face. Many view this tactic as being very useful in identifying the true direction that the liberals want to go.

Being unimpeded from the experience developed in dealing with the opposition, and so she doesn't have the filter yet.
 

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Has the possibility that the right sees AOC as a gift been considered?

She presents these poorly thought out extremist ideas with a complete straight face. Many view this tactic as being very useful in identifying the true direction that the liberals want to go.

Being unimpeded from the experience developed in dealing with the opposition, and so she doesn't have the filter yet.
from the OP.
She is an effective avatar of the rising left: a young, working-class person of color who is fluent in the culture of the internet and, unusually for a Democrat with a national profile, not easily spooked by criticism from the right. It is not surprising that conservatives would oppose Ocasio-Cortez; her politics are opposed to theirs. But that fails to explain the degree of interest she has drawn from her right-wing critics since winning the primary last year.
 
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That's the problem of asking people who think like you to analyze people with a very different approach. It winds up being a wish list and not an analysis based in facts.

The right loves AOC because she is so extreme, and not very intelligent, so, she is constantly supplying ammo to be used against her and the democrat party. The same party that refused to separated into a left and an alt-left, because they were all in lock step whether extreme or sane.
 

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Actually, she is pretty bright. Her questioning at various committees has been piercing. She is one of the very few that actually gets information rather than just makes it a grandstanding op.

Her views on taxation have been correct. The only real error was the release, by an aid apparently, of an inoperative draft of the GND.

I think the attention she is getting and the really stupid memes circulating are more an indication of the deep seated fear the GOP has of her and what she stands for.
 

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