So naturally, they do what they always do: double down.
“I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane rights, of let’s hop a train to California, of you’re not allowed to own cows anymore,” Trump said in the El Paso speech. White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post Philip Rucker let his 340,000 followers on Twitter know that this was “false” and that “no one” had proposed any such thing. David Weigel, another well-read political reporter at The Post, who had earlier co-bylined a piece with the misleading headline “Ocasio-Cortez retracts erroneous information about Green New Deal,” retweeted Rucker’s falsehood to his 450,000 followers.
First of all, even if Ocasio-Cortez did walk back her pitch, it was proposed. This might be inconvenient, but it’s also indisputable. Simply because a politician pulls a proposal that’s been dragged across the entire internet and beaten senseless does not mean its existence has been expunged from the record.
The authors of the Green New Deal were very clear that their plan was a “massive transformation of our society” with “clear goals and a timeline.” Those goals included eliminating “combustion engines” and air travel and beef. It was the bill’s authors who wrote about “economic security” for those who are “unwilling to work.” They simply hadn’t come up with all the nuts and bolts yet. And, yes, a bunch of presidential candidates endorsed these ideas, while the FAQ was up.
First, Ocasio-Cortez’s people lied and claimed the plan had been doctored. Then they claimed the Green New Deal FAQ was “an early draft” inadvertently posted. Supposedly, her chief of staff accidentally create a PDF of a draft and then accidentally posted it and then accidentally left it up for hours and hours while critics were dissecting it and forgot to mention it was only a draft. Why someone would want to eliminate cars, planes, and beef in any draft of a policy proposal is still a mystery. In any event, Ocasio-Cortez also accidentally sent the very same FAQ to NPR, and then accidentally her staff interviewed for a piece that was built around the accidentally posted FAQ.
No adult, much less a skeptical journalist, would believe such a ridiculous story. And yet!
The New York Times headline explaining the fiasco claims “Ocasio-Cortez Team Flubs a Green New Deal Summary, and Republicans Pounce.” You would think this headline is merely a troll job. I’m not so sure. Just read the preposterous conclusion of this Washington Post Fact Checker piece, which claims that since “Ocasio-Cortez has now disowned the FAQs and the statements that went beyond the resolution” and the “line about providing for people ‘unwilling to work’ has been walked back completely” they “won’t be awarding any Pinocchios in this kerfuffle.”
Well, of course not. How would THAT help The Narrative? Surprisingly enough though, Yertle McTurtle comes up with a smooth move that takes the amusement wide and deep, from merely mild to gut-busting:
Mitch McConnell is going to force the Senate to vote on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 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 bill, which is not expected to pass the Republican-dominated upper chamber, could force some Democrats to make a politically awkward calculation.
Gee, ya think? Lessee, either vote “No” on a bill you already publicly declared your support for, addressing an issue you’ve incessantly claimed is earth-shatteringly existential and a matter of life and death—actually, extinction—or vote “Yes” on sending America back to the Dark Ages: without heat, air conditioning, electricity, cars, planes, or meat; requiring unaffordable refits of EVERY FUCKING BUILDING IN AMERICA, to include their homes; expanding federal control over, quite literally, everything.
Naturally, shitlibs are squealing like piggies caught with their nose in the trough at such an outrageously outrageous outrage:
How dare Mitch McConell…
Bring my bill to the floor for a vote https://t.co/Y3mH5qWwvh
— Andrew Mahaleris (@Mahaleris) February 13, 2019
Umm, yeah, “silence your voice” by…giving Americans a voice via the legislative process. Ah well, one thing you can count on: Bitch Markey really, really means it when he says this unprecedented Commie power grab is “just the beginning.” No doubt whatever about that.
Yeah, vote on the thing, fuckers. Let Markey and his merry band of marauding morons stand up tall and proud for their beliefs; let every last one of us get a good, clear look at who they really are, what they’re really all about, so that it can no longer be denied or obscured. And after that, if Americans are still stupid enough to elect these batshit dimestore despots to national office, then they deserve everything they’re gonna get, just as hard and deep as the Left can give it to ’em.