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AO-C Is Not A-OK

Guy Benson notes the latest misfire from the progressive Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and explains why he thinks it’s justified for conservatives to dwell on her errors.

Ocasio-Cortez is not the most prominent or important American politician who regularly demonstrates no grasp of what he is talking about. Liberals have responded to conservative criticisms of her by bringing up Trump. It is a fair point with respect to the many conservatives who guffaw at her cluelessness while making excuses for, or ignoring, Trump’s regular misstatements of fact about everything from trade deficits to NATO to how much legislation he has signed. But it’s not actually a defense of Ocasio-Cortez.

We don’t need all our politicians to talk as though they were professors of public policy, but there is a lot of room for improvement, which will not happen if instead left and right engage in the competitive rationalization of ignorance.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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