Three weeks after a dejected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped the Senate Republican leader for orchestrating the death of her “Green New Deal,” Sen. Mitch McConnell has struck back, accusing the first term House member and top Democrats of waging an “economic culture war” against red America.
In a sweeping blow against growing Democratic efforts to squelch conservative voices and force progressive policies and programs on a wary nation, McConnell warned that the Left is ready to “blow up” decades of rules to get their way on issues like the environment and government-financed healthcare.
“Progressives are openly acknowledging they'll never get their agenda through the constitutional machinery as it's operated for centuries, so they've concluded it's the constitutional machinery that has to go. Change the rules if you can't win otherwise,” he said in a well-received speech at Hillsdale College late Monday.
“It is,” he said, “an effort to change the rules of American politics itself. Our whole nation is founded as a delicate compromise between different states, different regions, competing interests. This seeks to blow all of that up. Blow it all up.”
And, he added, the liberal coasts want to be in charge. “Policies that would let coastal cities like New York and San Francisco redesign the whole country in their image, paired with political changes so that simply running up the score in those same few places would give you all the levers of power. I see this [as] a total rejection of the federalism and respect for regional diversity that gave us the Senate itself, the Electoral College, the whole founding compromise of our Constitution,” he said.