Hill.TV's Krystal Ball says Ocasio-Cortez has become a force in Democratic Party

Hill.TV host Krystal Ball praised Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence MORE’s (D-N.Y.) first year in Congress, saying the progressive lawmaker has distinguished herself in the Democratic Party.

Ball said Ocasio-Cortez, who is often referred to as AOC, has honed a kind of political acumen that puts her above many other Democratic lawmakers.

“AOC’s understanding of the long-game, of how pushing previously radical ideas into the conversation, can dramatically shift what’s possible,” Ball said Tuesday. “That understanding has handed her power and influence that exceeds nearly anyone, to include the Speaker of the House.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning 2018 primary upset over then-House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez defends decision not to pay dues to House Democratic campaign arm Hill.TV's Krystal Ball says Ocasio-Cortez has become a force in Democratic Party Ocasio-Cortez: 'In any other country Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party' MORE marked one of the biggest political upsets of the decade.

Since then, the House freshman has emerged as a rising star in the party, and is part of a group of prominent progressive lawmakers known as “the squad.” That group includes Democratic Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Michigan governor urges Zuckerberg to enforce community guidelines after hate speech, threats surface Ayanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders MORE (Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Ayanna Pressley opens up about having alopecia for first time, reveals bald head in interview Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders MORE (Mass.).

Members of the "the squad" have often clashed with more moderate Democratic leaders and other long-time Democrats.

Ocasio-Cortez recently told New York Magazine that she and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE would not be members of the same political party if they were in any other country. 

“In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are,” Ocasio-Cortez told the publication in a profile piece published Monday.

Biden, meanwhile, has said Ocasio-Cortez is not an accurate measure of the direction of the Democratic Party.