Last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez embarrassed herself and the entire Democratic Party when she finally pulled the cover back on her much-anticipated Green New Deal legislation…and it turned out to be a ridiculous dud. One of the most absurd bills to ever be announced in Washington, the GND’s details immediately sparked a firestorm of mockery which led to Ocasio-Cortez and her people yanking an elaborate FAQ section off the internet and declaring it a distortion of the bill’s reality.
We’re not sure anyone bought that, though, and now there are several Democratic candidates for president who will be forced to explain whether or not they actually support a bill that aims to – among other things – eliminate every car, boat, and plane in America within ten years.
Never one to miss the scent of political blood in the water, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to make sure that it’s not just Kamala Harris and Cory Booker who have to explain their stance on Ocasio-Cortez’s historic blunder. He’s promised to bring the Green New Deal to the floor of the Senate for a vote, a move that will force every Democrat to either endorse the absurdity or anger Ocasio-Cortez’s rabid online following.
“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal,” McConnell told reporters. “And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”
To endorse the deal, Democrats will have to reconcile a basic belief in capitalism with their support of legislation that guarantees everyone in the country a job, including those who are “unwilling to work.” Additionally, they will have to explain to their constituents why they are on board with a bill that would eliminate the entire transportation sector, in addition to private vehicles. And that’s really only the start of the problems with this bill.
Some Democrats have already signaled that they would not be pressured into endorsing the bill. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who is also rumored to be planning a run for the White House, said that he didn’t need the Green New Deal to prove his progressive mettle.
“I don’t need to co-sponsor every bill that others think they need to co-sponsor to show my progressive politics,” Brown said.
If nothing else, this fiasco may prove to be an abrupt turning point in the quickly-ascending career of Ocasio-Cortez, who until now has been able to avoid mockery from Democrats for being a neverending fountain of ignorance. We’re pretty sure that Nancy Pelosi has already recognized that there’s very little substance behind the smile, and it may be only a matter of time before the rest of the world figures out the same thing.