Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The GOP grabs socialism as 2020 lifeline

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

For the first time since the midterms, Republicans find themselves playing offense as they push "socialism vs. freedom" as an opening 2020 message.

Why it matters: Giddy House Republicans hope they can ride this message into 2020 — just as Dems seized their winning 2018 midterm message as soon as House Rs voted in 2017 to weaken protections for pre-existing conditions.

The Economist compares Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Jeremy Corbyn

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez smiling, opposite Jeremy Corbyn who is giving a thumbs up
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jeremy Corbyn. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images, Liam McBurney/Pool/Getty Images

"A new kind of left-wing doctrine is emerging," The Economist writes in its lead article, with "socialism [back] in fashion" 28 years after the end of the Cold War.

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