Green New Deal very suspicious

By WALTER PATTERSON GUEST COLUMNIST,

While I was doing my research on the “Green New Deal,” I read the opinions of several writers whom I respect.  Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal wrote, “by the time I finished reading it, I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t speak.”  Pat Buchanan said that “it is the longest suicide note I have ever read.” 

Rush Limbaugh, on the other hand, was a little more circumspect.  “Don’t pass this off as a joke.  Millennials  believe this stuff.  They believe that  climate change will kill everyone on earth in 12 years.”

I read the “Green New Deal” as put forth in its original form by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), and I immediately became suspicious. 

What if this nonsense was a Republican trick?  What if President Trump himself had a hand in writing it and passing it off to AOC as a Democrat position paper?

You know what they say about Trump? 

“He is always one or two steps ahead of his competition.” 

Think about this. 

The “Green New Deal” has already forced four Democrat presidential hopefuls to say that they support it - Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand. 

Can Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden be far behind?  At this point, I am a conspiracy theorist. 

If President Trump wrote this document, it is brilliant. 

The radical Democrats are showing their stripes, and the 20/20 election is in sight.  Surely no savvy Democrat would write something so naive as this and expect the American people to fall in line. 

It had to be something that a clever genius like the President thought up and executed perfectly.

I can see it now.  The President, as is his habit, arises at 4:00 A.M. and heads for the Oval Office. 

He is in a great mood because the economy is doing well, and the American people like his leadership qualities.  But there is this election did in 1971.

I don’t expect Waller Jr. to come up with anything like running against the establishment, but maybe he will.

One of his themes is expected to be that he’d have a better chance of defeating the presumptive Democratic nominee, Attorney General Jim Hood, in the general election.

Hood is the Democrat that many  Mississippi Republicans fear most. They have repeatedly tried to beat him in the attorney general’s race without success.

I’d say Reeves, with his huge amount of campaign cash, is still the favorite to win the Republican primary and maybe the general election. But he’s certainly vulnerable.

There is another Republican in the race, State Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando, but his chances are slim. Some have speculated that State Sen. Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party conservative, could even jump into the field.

But it looks now like the primary race winner will be  Reeves or  Waller.

If Waller is correct in the assumption that he would be a stronger opponent for Hood than Reeves and if he wins the Republican primary, then his entry into the race is bad news for Hood.

My guess though is that Hood welcomes a tough Republican primary opponent for Reeves.

It means, for one thing, that Reeves is going to have to spend some of that $6 million or so in campaign funds (with more to come)  on trying to defeat Waller and whoever else is in the primary instead of using it all to hammer Hood.

He’s not going to be able to run against Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in the Republican  race, as his primary opponents can’t be linked to the national Democratic leadership.

Of course Hood isn’t the Democratic nominee yet. Two other declared candidates, neither of them household names, are Velesha Williams of Madison, former director of the Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition, and Albert Wilson, the executive director and founder of Genesis and Light Center in Jackson.

A few others are said to be pondering it, including Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba,  Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith and Magnolia Mayor Anthony Witherspoon.

Qualifying deadline for the party primaries is March 1, so the field will soon be known.

But at this point it looks like Hood has an easier path to nomination than Reeves.

I am not a party zealot, so I haven’t even decided yet in which primary I will vote. It may depend on who is on some of the down ticket races, including those for local offices.

Frankly, I wish we did it like Louisiana. Let everyone run in the same primary with a runoff unless someone gets a majority vote in the first.

But that isn’t going to happen.

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