Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) thinks that the Green New Deal is bad for Democrats in 2020, which is why he will be bringing it to the Senate floor for a vote.
McConnell: "I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. We’re gonna be voting on that in the Senate."
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) February 12, 2019
As NBC’s Kasie Hunt noted, this is all 2020 politics:
Read this as an effort to get Dems running in 2020 (for president and Senate!) on record supporting something GOP believes will read as extreme/embarrassing in general elections
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 12, 2019
Trump and McConnell are running against socialism in 2020
Trump and McConnell are tipping their 2020 hand. If Democrats nominate anyone not named Joe Biden, the Republicans are going to run against that nominee as being a far-left socialist. Many of the announced 2020 Democratic contenders support the Green New Deal. McConnell’s move is an effort to make Senators like Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Amy Klobuchar look like socialists.
Republicans don’t have accomplishments or an agenda to run on, so they are going to demonize the Democrats as a threat to freedom and capitalism. It is ironic that the party that has been infiltrated by Russia is going to run a presidential campaign based on the great socialist menace, but this is where Republicans are. They can’t run on Trump’s popularity. They can’t run on their success governing. They can’t run on hope and optimism, so Republicans are going to run on making Democrats look worse than they are.
It is a strategy that rarely works for an incumbent party.
Republicans have nothing else, so Mitch McConnell is leading the war against imaginary socialism.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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