Chuck Schumer could not believe it.
The Democrat leader in the Senate faced a challenge from one unexpected place.
And Schumer was at a loss for words when he found out who just double-crossed him.
Republicans are set to vote on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal.”
They want to put Democrats on the record supporting banning hamburgers, cars, and airplanes in the name of fighting so-called “global warming.”
But Schumer has a plan.
He wants every Democrat to vote present.
But that isn’t sitting well with the Democrats’ far-left base.
They believe Schumer’s stunt shows Democrats aren’t committed to fighting so-called “climate change” and only want to use the issue to harvest votes come election season.
Josh Vorhees at Slate wrote:
Schumer’s words aside, though, it’s hard to spot the actual “offense” in his strategy. This is by design. The unspoken goal of Schumer’s plan is to provide his more moderate colleagues cover—not from the right, which wants to ignore the realities of man-made climate change, but from the activist left, which is demanding urgent action.
Consider what is effectively step one in Schumer’s strategy: He wants the entire Democratic caucus to simply vote “present” if Mitch McConnell forces a Senate vote on the Green New Deal, as the majority leader has promised to do in the coming weeks. Schumer’s ploy is clever in only the most immediate and narrow sense. Yes, it would conceivably take some of the air out of McConnell’s show vote, which itself is a cynical ploy, but it’s not as though Republicans will then throw up their hands and move on. The GOP will continue to use the Green New Deal—and an intentional misreading of it—to paint Democrats as leftist radicals who are coming for Americans’ cars, cows, and general way of life. A “present” vote isn’t going to change that, especially when six of the resolution’s Senate co-sponsors are seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Does Schumer think the GOP ad men are going to bark an order down the hallway to scrap the latest attack ads against Kamala Harris because she voted “present”?
Despite the fake news media claiming “climate change” is a winning political issue for Democrats, their leadership knows the insane proposals to combat this fake crisis are political poison.
And the last thing Schumer wants is his most vulnerable Democrats casting a vote for or against the “Green New Deal.”
If they oppose this socialist takeover of the U.S. economy because they represent a red or purple state, then they open themselves up to challenge from the left in a primary.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez already threatened Democrats that opposed her agenda with a primary challenge and anyone who crosses her is likely to lose a low turnout primary election dominated by grassroots activists.
If they vote in favor of this economy-wrecking, job-killing scheme then they sign their own death warrants in a General Election.
Either way, Chuck Schumer loses.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story