Would the late Norman Thomas, a fellow socialist, Presbyterian preacher and six-time presidential candidate, be that surprised by the unvarnished emergence of another democratic upstart? Reverend Thomas famously prophesied that socialism would stealthily (and incrementally) arrive in America wearing the mantle of the Democratic Party. In the modern era, it emerged with the failed campaign of Bernie Sanders in 2015. That movement has gained a latest toehold with the unexpected victory of millennial Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The white and blue has been drained from the Democratic Party, but the red—at its metastasized heart—remains.
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