Clearly, the most important thing here is that millions more will go to Texans who are still struggling to find clean water and cope with the damage caused by last week’s frost. (Ocasio-Cortez also visited the state over the weekend to see the situation firsthand.)
But it’s also extremely important – in terms of AOC’s political future – to note how incredible it is for a House member for a second term to be able to raise so much money so quickly for a cause as she chose to defend.
Many politicians – especially in the House – do not (and cannot) raise $ 5 million in a two-year election cycle. The fact that AOC can do this by simply saying that it wanted to help Texans who were suffering speaks not only of its huge national donor base, but also of the level of allegiance these people feel for it.
Remember this: Despite all the bad press money gets in politics, it remains one of the best ways to measure a candidate’s loyalty and passion. If you can get a lot of people to open their wallets for you, that means they really believe in you and what you do in the public space.
When you can raise $ 5 million for a cause – and not even one in your state or unrelated to you – in the span of four days, well, that’s the real power.
It is this power that makes every Democrat ambitious for a national office – whether in 2024 or beyond – recognizes that AOC is one of the main drivers of any presidential primary race in which it decides to participate. (AOC will turn 35 just before the 2024 election, making her technically eligible for the presidency.)
And it is this power that, in the short term, makes AOC its own center of power within the House. Because when you can raise millions of dollars in a matter of days, every member of the Democratic-controlled House wants to be on your good side.
To be clear: of course, AOC did not raise this money to show its fundraising and political might. But that’s what he showed anyway.
Point: No one seems to have a good idea of what the AOC wants to do next. But his ability to raise a lot of money very quickly means that there is very little that is beyond his reach, politically speaking.