Claire McCaskill doesn’t get why Ocasio-Cortez is the new Dem it girl

Outgoing Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill isn’t as enthralled with freshman congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as everyone else is. In an interview, McCaskill said she doesn’t get why she’s “the thing.”

From The Hill:

“I’m a little confused why she’s the thing,” McCaskill told CNN. “But it’s a good example of what I’m talking about, a bright shiny new object, came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman.”

She’s also unsure of what Ocasio-Cortez has done to garner so much attention.

“She’s now talked about a lot,” McCaskill said of the 29-year-old. “I’m not sure what she’s done yet to generate that kind of enthusiasm, but I wish her well. I hope she hangs the moon.”

“The rhetoric is cheap,” she added. “Getting results is a lot harder.”

McCaskill has some advice for the incoming congresswoman.

“I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working-class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issues that we can actually accomplish something on,” McCaskill said.

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