Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has more Twitter power than media, establishment
Neal Rothschild, Mike Allen
A freshman congresswoman who has held office for less than two weeks is dominating the Democratic conversation on Twitter, generating more interactions — retweets plus likes — than the five most prolific news organizations combined over the last 30 days.
The big picture: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is miles behind President Trump in the influence of her Twitter account. But he’s the president — she’s a new member of Congress who shot out of a cannon following the midterm elections. And she has far more power on Twitter than the most prominent Democrats, including the congressional leaders and the likely 2020 presidential candidates.
Ben Thompson — founder of Stratechery, and one of the most pioneering online thinkers — points out that neither Ocasio-Cortez’s “background nor her position as a first-time representative are … noteworthy enough to be driving the national political conversation. And yet she is doing exactly that.”