Putting Democratic presidential wannabes on the spot
Give Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell credit for his ability to put people on the spot. In this case, it's Senate Democrats, and particularly those who've declared their presidential candidacies. McConnell wants them all to vote on the so-called "green new deal":
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would vote on the Green New Deal introduced last week by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
"I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we're going to be voting on that in the Senate to give everybody an opportunity to go on record," McConnell told reporters.
The proposal, which is not expected to pass the Republican-dominated upper chamber, could force some Democrats to make a politically awkward calculation.
Democratic liberals, including all of the senators currently running for president, have come out in support of the legislation, which calls for generating 100 percent of the nation's power from renewable sources within 10 years. Scientists have said dramatic, immediate action is necessary to stem the catastrophic effects of climate change.
Democratic moderates have been less than enthusiastic about the proposal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi derisively referred to the House version of the resolution as a "green dream," while only 11 of the 47 senators who caucus with the Democrats have signed on as sponsors.
Yes, by all means -- roll the cameras and have the votes. It ought to be excellent entertainment:
Let Democrats heading into the 2020 election vote on destroying the oil, gas, coal, auto, health insurance, and steel industries and raising trillions in taxes to pay for it. Let Democrats explain to their base why they voted against it or to swing voters why they voted for it. Let them explain that the bovine genocide and shuttering of long-distance air travel isn’t in the actual proposal, it’s just in the supporting documents that its sponsors put together.
Stock up on your popcorn supplies now, and prepare to settle in for a long political drama (that often sides into farce).