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How Cortez Trumps Conservatives

Young conservative pundits have created something of a cottage industry out of ridiculing young candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, especially after Democrat National Committee chairman Tom Perez said that she "represents the future" of the Democrat Party. Criticism has focused primarily on her inaccurate statements on economic issues and her advocacy of "democratic socialism." For young conservatives, advocacy of anything with the word "socialism" in it is economic illiteracy, by definition.

My advice to conservatives is: back off. Attacking Cortez for economic ignorance may tickle your base, but it will be ineffective against her candidacy. That might not matter much, right now, since her election is almost certain in her heavily Democratic New York district. But it is important for conservatives to learn how to effectively battle young, progressive candidates like her, now. There will be more of them.

Conservatives should remember how, during the 2016 primary campaign, Donald Trump was stumped by Hugh Hewitt's use of the term "nucl