On January 3, 2019, the 116th Congress of the United States convened in Washington, D.C. for a new legislative session. Among the newly elected members of the House of Representatives is one, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated the longtime incumbent from New York’s 14th congressional district, Joe Crowley, by a whopping 15 percentage points in the June 28, 2018 Democratic primary election.
This victory was representative of the demographic sea-change that has transformed the Democratic Party in the northeastern United States from the working-class party of ethnic Catholics, such as Ted Kennedy and Tip O’Neil, into a new “broken coalition” of members of the LGBT community, radicalized people of color (or “POC), and a new class of hipster “bugmen”, themselves a lower testosterone version of their ethnic Catholic Democrat forefathers.
Status Update: I’m about to rip on social media.
But before I begin, let me take a selfie so you all can visualize my angst…
Katherine Hepburn, right? I know, I get that all the time. Or is it Audrey… I don’t know. But you know what, who cares? It’s some person who didn’t know Snapchat from Snapdragon, and so must have been culturally irrelevant. She didn’t have a Facebook page, much less an iPhone, so we don’t even know what her coffee drinks looked like, much less if she was any good at hiking and yoga and swimming and tanning and hashtags and Instagram and hanging with her girlfriends. LOSER.
But, seriously, whatever happened to bragging being bad form? We’re all human. We like it when people notice. But when you have to tell them to notice—get right up in their faces and demand it--isn’t that just a little awkward?