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The press needs to ask hard questions on the Green New Deal

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It’s one thing for a back-bencher such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to roll out a pie-in-the sky Green New Deal with no explanation of its cost, feasibility or consequences; it is quite another for candidates running for president to sign on to something about which they cannot possibly answer basic questions.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is now planning to take a vote on the resolution, trying to force Democrats who are running for president to choose between voting for an extreme measure or extremely annoying the progressive base. (Chances are, they will vote “present”).

Instead of asking whether candidates have signed on to the GND or merely watching how Senate Democrats vote, maybe the press should start pressing Democratic candidates to answer questions about it. Here are some basics.

You get the idea. If Democratic candidates are going to take the GND deal seriously, they should face serious questions. We don’t know how they’d answer questions, but they cannot honestly come up with specifics to explain a fantastical program of........

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