Seriously, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to win by making her opponents think they are winning, or to think they can win against her, and then she crushes them. And this is how her political career started when she upset Joe Crowley in the primary.
The truth is she is one of the most talented and intelligent politicians in America right now, and is one of the most powerful congress members despite not being in any leadership position. She is an excellent public speaker and orator (level of the Obamas), social media savvy in a time where social media has growing importance in politics, knows how to attack Republicans effectively and fight back against their attacks (which Dems do poorly), a killer on committees (the Cohen hearing anyone), and just last weekend, is able to be an influential fundraiser. She has proven to be politically skilled so far, choosing her battles quite well (unlike say, Rashida Tlaib), knowing when to press and when to tactically retreat, and has been pragmatic in her policy approaches. Add this to her work and moral ethic that can influence the rest of congress, and AOC is the complete package. Nevermind that her policy proposals, The Green New Deal, Medicare For All (in some form), and a raise in tax bracket for the rich, seem to have popular support.
But wow, does the right wing go absolutely nuts over her: Conspiracy theories about her economic status and her campaign, attacks on her intelligence by either taking her out of context, missing the point on what she said, amplifying minor errors, and a crazy conspiracy about her being a planted actress to advance the Justice Democrats plans. Much of these attacks are pretty racial and misogynistic, which shows the bigotry of the right. I do think AOC has made two significant mistakes (one from her team), which has lead to more crazy attacks from the right, so she still has to learn.....but these attacks on her are disgusting and in the end, will be ineffective and counterproductive, no matter how much right wing media, like Fox News, covers her. And really, AOC has embarrassed these people, including several congressmen, that had the audacity to disrespect her.
The reality is that she is a threat to them, a Latina millennial with left wing views who found killer success that has influenced the country. And she doesn't achieve this by being dumb. She lets her opponents be dumb.