On Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dipped her beak into her crystal ball and made a prediction that will surely come back to haunt her in just over a decade’s time.
“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?'” Ocasio-Cortez said at a MLK event.
We suppose in the grand scheme of things, Ocasio-Cortez is moving in the right direction. Normally, it takes less than half a minute to prove that she has no idea what she’s talking about. Here, she’ll at least get a grace period of 12 years, by which time she’ll be yesterday’s news. And yes, we’ll go ahead and count that as a prediction of our own.
Ah, but this remark is symptomatic of Ocasio-Cortez’s nodding acquaintance with the facts. She gets defensive and nervous every time a journalist has the temerity to ask her how we’re going to pay for her astronomically-expensive ideas, even though it’s really the only question that matters. And despite the fact that she’s been asked countless times in countless ways since bursting on to the national scene, she still can’t come up with a satisfactory answer. So instead, she brushes the question off with feigned mockery, as if it’s the dumbest thing she’s ever heard. In which case, we recommend she walk around with a tape recorder and listen to herself back once in a while.
Then again, Ocasio-Cortez apparently knows her audience – the millennials who are more impressed with a good burn on Twitter than with anything resembling coherent policy. They’ve been taught since kindergarten that global warming is going to kill off the polar bears, send up a flurry of super-mega-storms, and put New York City under the ocean by the year 20__. Rare it is that a politician (to say nothing of a scientist) would actually put a date to that prediction, but if it was going to be anyone, who else would it be?
She’s the gift that keeps on giving, that’s for sure.