When Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced her so-called Green New Deal, it was immediately revealed to be a wholly unsustainable grab-bag of environmentalist wishes and socialistic seizures of control over the economy.
Despite its absurdity, the plan was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), but unlike in the Democratic-controlled House — where the widely-panned “aspirational” plan can be ignored for now — Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to call his Democratic colleagues’ bluff and force a vote on the insane resolution.
McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he fully intends to bring Markey’s resolution to the floor for a vote by all senators in the near future. The majority leader said that he wants “to see how [Senate Democrats] feel about the Green New Deal.”
McConnell is considering taking up the green new deal for a vote in the Senate as a way to rattle Sen Dems, per a McConnell aide here at the Cap
— Robert Costa (@costareports) February 12, 2019
McConnell’s move was reportedly designed to force Senate Democrats to officially go on record as either supporting or opposing the ridiculous resolution that would destroy our nation’s economy, largely through the destruction of the agriculture, energy, and manufacturing sectors, among others.
There are a number of already declared and potential 2020 presidential candidates on the Democratic side of the aisle, and both McConnell and President Trump’s White House believe that tying those Democrats to an unpopular and unworkable socialist plan of action will hurt the left going into a major election year.
And it seems South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) had the same idea: he beat McConnell to the punch by several days in calling for a vote on the Green New Deal when it was first introduced last week. He tweeted:
Let’s vote on the Green New Deal!
Americans deserve to see what kind of solutions far-left Democrats are offering to deal with climate change. https://t.co/VKTIyfnDCY
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 8, 2019
On the record
While many Americans are willing to take steps to preserve the environment — in part because conserving energy can cut down on costs — it is hard to justify the elimination of air travel and the internal combustion engine in favor of high-speed rail, as the Green New Deal suggested.
The resolution also seeks to prohibit all fossil fuel usage in favor of renewable energy, force Americans to adopt a plant-based diet, reduce cow flatulence, and rebuild every building in the nation to be more environmentally friendly, among other things.
Indeed, these provisions as they stand have made the deal increasingly unpopular among the general public, even as followers of AOC shout it from the rooftops.
Should McConnell go through with his intentions to force a vote on the Green New Deal, Senate Democrats will be forced to choose between standing with their small but loudly rabid base or the current reality that is favored by most Americans, who’d prefer to keep their cars and steaks and homes as they are.