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By George Will

George Will is substituting for Fareed Zakaria, who is taking a one-column vacation. 

 

Polly: He’s a socialist but he doesn’t like people.

Brian: Nor do I, much.

Polly: You’re a conservative. You don’t have to.

                ­— from Getting On by Alan Bennett

This, one of the pleasures of being a conservative, is not for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28. She recently won the Democratic nomination — effectively, the election — in a Bronx and Queens congressional district, running as a “democratic socialist.” In response to her, progressives and conservatives are experiencing different excitements.

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