This is what’s known in the comedic world as “a good one.”
Said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today:
The president believes that it is wrong to play politics with a pipeline project whose route has yet to be proposed.
President Obama late last year rejected a route for the Keystone pipeline through Nebraska after his own administration had declared it environmentally sound, caving only after a large group of angry environmentalists SURROUNDED THE WHITE HOUSE and demanded he block the plan.
So he moved to please the enviros, an understandable political calculation that will nevertheless hurt the nation by denying us all that wonderful black gold from Canada for at least another year.
And now the White House has the nerve – the noive of these people! – to say Republicans are playing politics. Which they are, but Republicans have every right to go to town on this and point out to Americans what the White House has done, especially while Obama goes around the country piously proclaiming himself a drilling fanatic.
Actually, let look closely at Carney’s statement: “wrong to play politics with a pipeline project whose route has yet to be proposed.” I can only assume Carney must mean it is right to play politics with pipeline projects whose routes have been proposed, as was the one rejected by Obama.
The White House turned this into a political issue. And it will be a loser for them as gas prices creep toward $5 per gallon. And Obama and his aides know it, which is why they are responding so aggressively to the Republicans.