Cockburn is a great admirer of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In an age when even stand-up comics allow themselves to be intimidated by the woke scolds of the left, AOC is a one-woman Alamo, fearlessly defending her right to talk absolute gibberish.

Republicans like to think that Democrats don’t know the country outside their blue-state cities, but AOC isn’t afraid to slum it in red America. In January, when her constituents in the Bronx were enduring the double blow of a New York winter and Covid checks before they could get indoors, AOC went clubbing in Florida, the...

Cockburn is a great admirer of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In an age when even stand-up comics allow themselves to be intimidated by the woke scolds of the left, AOC is a one-woman Alamo, fearlessly defending her right to talk absolute gibberish.

Republicans like to think that Democrats don’t know the country outside their blue-state cities, but AOC isn’t afraid to slum it in red America. In January, when her constituents in the Bronx were enduring the double blow of a New York winter and Covid checks before they could get indoors, AOC went clubbing in Florida, the magic kingdom of Ron DeSantis, went maskless in a drag bar and picked up a case of Covid as a souvenir. This weekend, she was in San Antonio, Texas, ahead of the congressional primary in March, issuing the kiss of electoral death to her preferred left-wing candidates.

AOC says it’s “inevitable” that Texas will turn blue. She doesn’t mention that this is because of the torrent of immigrants currently besetting Texas — not the ones at the southern border, but the refugees from collapsing California. This isn’t the only blue-state import that seems to be on her mind:

“We’re going to fight for a living wage, the minimum wage,” AOC told a cheering crowd. “We’re going to make sure we euthanize the hell out of this state.”

Is AOC promising to do for the care homes of Texas what Andrew Cuomo did for the care homes of New York during the Covid epidemic? Cockburn knows politics is a dirty game even when it’s played in a white pantsuit, but surely there are better ways of turning Texas blue than euthanizing Texas’s largest bloc of Republican voters? Or is this what people mean when they say “a communist is a socialist in a hurry”?

Fortunately, AOC didn’t fumble her lines at her other stops. What she meant to say was, “We’re going to unionize the hell out of this state.” The retirees of San Antonio can breathe safely, and not just because, unlike the schoolchildren of the Bronx, they’re not wearing state-mandated soggy masks on their faces.