The president has put his feet in cement in opposition to the Keystone oil pipeline. But on Capitol Hill, more and more Democrats are joining Republicans to force approval of the pipeline, whether Obama wants it or not.
The latest action happened Wednesday, when the House passed a measure to move the pipeline forward. Before the vote, Obama issued a veto threat. The House approved the pipeline anyway — by a veto-proof majority, 293 to 127. Sixty-nine Democrats abandoned the president to vote with Republicans. That’s a lot of defections.
and in the senate the democrat majority they are resorting to the filibuster to keep this from getting a vote
Democrats are using the filibuster to stop the pipeline, which means 60 votes are required to pass it. (Some Democrats who bitterly opposed the filibuster when Republicans used it against Obama initiatives are notably silent these days.) In a vote last month, 11 Senate Democrats stood up against Obama to vote in favor of the pipeline. Add those 11 to the Republicans’ 47 votes, and the pro-pipeline forces are just a couple of votes away from breaking Harry Reid’s filibuster.
“We’re right around the corner from actually passing it,” says a well-informed Senate source.
and if you are thinking: Hey that’s conservative Byron York can’t trust what that guy says, here is the headline from the New York Times:
You know members of congress usually move toward a popular president, not away from him.
Item: One second thought maybe Obamacare wasn’t such a good idea
Nearly two years after tea party members and the voters showed that Obamacare was not the best idea in the world congressional democrats are finally saying so aloud:
“I think we would all have been better off — President Obama politically, Democrats in Congress politically, and the nation would have been better off — if we had dealt first with the financial system and the other related economic issues and then come back to healthcare,” said Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), who is retiring at the end of this Congress.
It’s no coincidence that Miller and the three other democrats reps quoted in this piece Reps Dennis Cardoza, Barney Frank & Norm Dicks are all retiring before election 2012. Former Dem Rep Arthur Davis puts it best:
“I think the Affordable Care Act is the single least popular piece of major domestic legislation in the last 70 years. It was not popular when it passed; it’s less popular now,”
Shhhh don’t tell they MSM, what they are still in denial.
Item: What they are seeing across the water.
The US press has done yeoman work to keep bad news and damaging stories out the MSM, however our friends across the pond have no such compunction:
If you viewed all this solely through the prism of media coverage and listened just to Washington pundits, you’d conclude that Obama has about an 80 percent chances of victory. In reality, his chances are much closer to 50:50, perhaps even with Romney holding an advantage (though many things can and will happen in six months).
This cognitive dissonance is partly because of a liberal tilt but also because most reporters and talking heads live in bubbles of comfortable affluence insulated from the economic pain most Americans are facing.
Even without factoring in the likely negative political impact of, say, Obamacare being struck down by the Supreme Court in June, Obama’s re-election bid is already in deep trouble.
Alas the poor media when Romney takes the oath of office in January (despise the Mormon business that the left will continue to use in increasing panic) my message remains the same:
When the mask falls away it will fall away all at once, and it will be delightful.