First, you know what fits on a bumper sticker? “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too,” that’s what fits on a bumper sticker. This ain’t a new thang at all.
Second, you know what doesn’t fit on a bumper sticker? A five-minute back-and-forth about various aspects of campaign and legislative law and ethics, that’s what doesn’t.
Third, Trump won with “Build The Wall!” and “Lock Her Up!” and McCain tried to win with “Drill Baby Drill!” and Obama won with “Yes We Can!” There’s no goddamned way that AOC is making bumper-sticker mindset worse in our politics.
Finally, folks are objecting to her argument based on the idea that money doesn’t win elections. As Rebecca Bunch would say, the situation is a lot more nuanced than that. Money DOES sometimes matter. Spending in the week before an election can cause a bump, according to the article, and spending in primaries can make a big difference, and spending by challengers in races without clear partisan lines can make a difference.
And there’s the issue of perception. If politicians believe that the money makes a difference, then it will change their behavior in deleterious ways. Madame Bad Guy who believes she needs fossil fuel money in order to win her next election may be wrong, but that won’t stop her from voting in favor of legislation that allows offshore drilling.