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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

TODAY GERMANY, TOMORROW THE WORLD – OVERNIGHT:  Well, it sounds like that anyway.  AOC, or, as we call her here, Little Evita from the Bronx, is on one of her fantasy tours.  From Fox:   Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., told a Texas crowd Saturday that it is inevitable that Texas will turn blue as she endorsed two candidates for Congress prior to the primary next month.  Ocasio-Cortez, who has had mixed results when endorsing candidates, was in San Antonio to support the campaigns of Jessica Cisneros and Greg Casar. MySanAntonio.com reported that Ocasio-Cortez told the crowd that the two have her backing because they back Medicare for all, unions and reproductive freedom.  "Here’s what’s exciting about Jessica’s race and Greg’s race…is that if we flip Texas, we flip the country. She continued, "Texas turning blue is inevitable. The only question is when. We are going to fight for a living wage, we are going to make sure we unionize the hell out of this state…and we’re going to make sure that not one dime is made exploitatively across any worker, especially the undocumented."  Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.  The New York representative is not the first politician to imagine a world where the Republican Party loses Texas’s crucial 38 electoral college votes, which is a nightmare for the party. In September 2019, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the state would be close in the 2020 presidential election. (Former President Trump carried the state, winning 52.1% to President Biden’s 46.5%).  No doubt Texas is competitive, but AOC seems not to have noticed a recent yet powerful trend – the movement of Hispanics to the right.  Let her learn about it on election day.

February 12, 2022