As they gear up for 2020, Republicans are resurrecting their go-to campaign strategy: fearmongering. They didn’t have to spend any time dusting it off after grinding it home on immigration throughout the 2018 midterm elections, which did not end well for them. So what’s the scary demon emerging in 2020? “Socialism” and a supposed compendium of Radical Left-ness that threatens to swallow the republic whole. Gasp!
“A far left fringe party pushing a socialist platform,” charged Chris Pack, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Donald Trump has also taken to routinely invoking the phrase “Radical Left” in tweets and elsewhere.
On the ticker of GOP talking points proving Democrats’ radical bonafides are talk of Medicare for all, taxing the extremely rich at higher levels, and the recently introduced Green New Deal, among others.
Republicans are so giddy over the wellspring of aspirational ideas from Democrats, they can’t wait to put them on trial. Yep. After failing to have a fresh thought since the Reagan era, the GOP is allergic to newness. The struggle is real, folks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who panned taking “pointless” show votes on government funding last month, now wants to put the squeeze on Democrats by forcing them to vote on the Green New Deal, which is a nonbinding resolution.
“We’re going to be voting on that in the Senate to give everybody an opportunity to go on record,” McConnell gleefully told reporters Tuesday.
Absolutely, let’s do that, Mitch. Let’s get Republicans on record for the do-nothing policies of yesteryear that landed our planet in this hot mess in the first place.
Democrats shouldn’t bat an eye. The Green New Deal is a 13-page document with the apparently controversial goal of achieving “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers.” It’s not perfect and it’s not complete—it’s a work in progress. The mere act of introducing such a resolution is meant to spark discussion and debate about how to engineer a sea change in our dependence on fossil fuels. And thank goodness Democrats are refocusing the nation’s attention on a problem that the U.N. is warning will have dire, potentially irreversible consequences unless a major course correction is undertaken in the next 12 years.