posted by like_that
The squad might be "winners," but that is definitely a quiet loss for Pelosi and the DNC. If you want to go with a Trump 4D chess theory, he managed to keep the spotlight on "the squad," who are not viewed favorable according to DNC internal polling.
I'm not sure this is accurate. The poll everyone keeps referring to was posted here, I think, and it was specifically a survey of 1000 likely voters, white and with less than 2 years of college education. That might loosely be referred to as a segment of the working class swing vote.
No idea how popular the Squad actually is. I think AOC has like 3M twitter followers (which means nothing). But she got a rockstar ovation not long ago on Colbert. I think she may be very popular with the Democratic base, which is why Pelosi hasn't curb stomped her.
But AOC is very polarizing for the ~70% of the country that isn't the Democratic base. So it may very well be a win for Trump for The Squad to be the face of the Democrats. That's why Pelosi is trying to reign her in without really smacking her. But AOC is a true believer that has no use for moderate Dems and doesn't give a shit about keeping control of the House.