Uhh, there seems to be some confusion about President Obama’s 45th delay of the Keystone pipeline decision. Some people, like the terminally annoying DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, seem to think – I’m sorry, “seem to think” is giving too much credit. They claim – that politics is not motivating Obama’s approach to the issue.
The decision is “complex,” DWS says. Any president who takes years to make a decision because the matter is “complex” should be impeached for incompetence.
But fortunately, it’s just good old politics, which is disgusting in a case like this where jobs and foreign policy leverage over oil producing countries like Russia are involved, but at least comprehensible on some level. Even if it’s the lowest level.
But even on Morning Joe today, there was mystification about how Democrats struggling to maintain the Senate and not get crushed in the House benefit from the delay.
Their point is that delaying an approval harms Dems in red states because it gives Republicans some raw meat to gnaw on.
But that, of course, presupposes that Obama is going to approve this thing. What makes anyone think that? Obama is a Left-wing president who has been safely reelected. Do you really think he wants the Keystone pipeline, or wants the enviros to hate him after he leaves office?
If he’s not going to approve it, then delaying the Big Nixing until after the election helps red state Dems.
Also, you have to understand how this White House thinks. Politics for them is about two things: revving up the base and collecting money from Prius-driving multimillionaires. If the president actually is going to approve Keystone, he has to wait until after Election Day, or the base would be disillusioned and the fat green cats would shut their wallets.
This White House never misses a chance to accuse Republicans of politicizing the sunrise. But it’s the White House, much more than Capitol Hill, that has its political antennae cranked up every day.