Is incoming Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the “biggest star in the Democratic Party” today? The senior editor of one news outlet believes so, and he thinks it’s time to change the U.S. Constitution so she can run for president — very, very soon.
Talking about her “incredible wit, charisma, social media savvy, and basic political smarts,” the young senior editor of Vox, Matthew Yglesias, argued that it’s “completely ridiculous” that she can’t run for president in 2020 and has to wait until she’s 35 before she can even file as a candidate.
Arguing that “young is better than old,” Yglesias pointed out that the “top two Democrats in national polling” are Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, who are in their late 70s and are likely suffering from mental decline.
Acknowledging the obvious inexperience that a person like 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez would bring to the Oval Office if that Constitution were changed and she somehow won in 2020, Yglesias argued that “lack of experience is guaranteed to improve with time.” He also claimed that “29 just honestly isn’t that young,” hinting at his own youthful perspective.
He then wrote that Ocasio-Cortez having a nickname already — “AOC” — is “proof positive that she’s an honest-to-goodness political superstar,” which is what “many Democrats are looking for in 2020.” He compared her “magnetic stage presence and ability to command attention” to that of Trump’s.
Yglesias called the idea that age should be a factor in electing a president just plain “silly” and bemoaned the fact that it takes time to change the Constitution. He then used former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as an example of someone who should have been allowed to run but couldn’t because the Constitution bars foreign-born citizens from being president.
Side note: Schwarzenegger recently told a U.N. climate conference: “I wish that I could be the Terminator in real life to be able to travel back in time and to stop all fossil fuels when they were discovered. If we would’ve never started in that direction and used other technology, we’d be much better off.”
“The process of amending the Constitution is extremely cumbersome, requiring both supermajorities in Congress and ratification by a staggering 75 percent of the states,” Yglesias complained in conclusion. “But there’s no time like the present to start working to abolish arbitrary qualifications and letting any eligible voter run for president any time he or she wants to.”
Meanwhile, Nate Silver, the founder of opinion poll analysis site FiveThirtyEight, is claiming that “There are lots of reasons Ocasio-Cortez drives certain Republicans crazy, foremost among them her race and gender," The Hill reported.
On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to complain that she wasn’t being considered a genius, writing, “Double standards are Paul Ryan being elected at 28 and immediately being given the benefit of his ill-considered policies considered genius; and me winning a primary at 28 to immediately be treated with suspicion & scrutinized, down to my clothing, of being a fraud.”