Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday forced a vote on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) coveted "Green New Deal" legislation, which was supposed to be the end all, be of all of addressing climate change. When the legislation was first introduced, Democrats latched onto the bill with support. Even presidential candidates, like Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kristen Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren, supported the bill. But when it came time to put their money where their mouth was and actually vote, they couldn't even decide how to vote. They voted "present."
Not one single Democrat, including Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), the bill's co-sponsor voted in favor of the legislation.
Conservatives sounded off on the rather ironic move:
And one common theme came up: Democrats are chickens. If they can't vote for something they've advocated for, then what does that say about them?
What's even more amazing though? Ocasio-Cortez isn't backing down from the legislation that is likely to become her legacy. She's currently promoting an MSNBC town hall that's taking place this weekend in her district:
Democrats need to put their money where their mouth is. If they feel so strongly about climate change and believe the Green New Deal would make a difference, then why not vote for it? Probably because they haven't actually thought about the political repercussions of the legislation. Instead, they automatically threw their support behind it because it's what their base wanted.