Magazine March 11, 2019, Issue

No Deal

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (at right) hold a news conference for their proposed “Green New Deal” on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., February 7, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

It’s the iron rule of political reporting: Democrats appeal to the voter’s hopes — “I hope this candidate takes someone else’s property and gives it to me” — while Republicans appeal to the voter’s fears. Con­servatives, you see, live in a constant state of perspiratory worry, jiggling like Jell-O as they consider a changing world. First Rosa Parks, now this? How far will they go?

A piece in Roll Call on the proposal for a “Green New Deal” provides a nice example:

“The rollout, while widely cheered by progressive groups and the more liberal Democrats, opened a door for Republicans to tap

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