Do Republicans have a new House member who can gain attention like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
If the Right keeps betting on young guns in rolled-up sleeves, it loses the future. Lucky for Republicans, Crenshaw doesn’t talk supply-side economics in front of whiteboards. He shoots from the hip on “Face the Nation” and does pretty well. He roasts comedians on “Saturday Night Live,” an ability developed among enlisted troops in Iraq instead of donors at cocktail parties.
He just gets it. He is real, not manufactured. And Crenshaw isn’t a one-to-one match for Ocasio-Cortez. He is significantly better.
The bartender-turned-politician has a martyr complex fed by an indulgent and sympathetic media. She has talent but whines as often as she says nonsensical things about the benefits of her discredited ideology. The soldier-turned-legislator, in contrast, actually understands what he talks about. And Crenshaw has a smart strategy when personally attacked, as one commentator summed up nicely: “engage, don’t rage."