Obama Delays Keystone, Secures his Base

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Yesterday on the Keystone pipeline Barack Obama administration decided once again to vote present

Once again, the Obama administration has pushed back a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The delay could push the final determination until after the November midterm elections.

Politico opined on the excuse:

The State Department declined to specify how long the delay will last, saying only that it needs to extend its review because of an ongoing dispute in front of the Nebraska Supreme Court that could affect the project’s route inside the state. “We are moving ahead very diligently with all the other aspects that are necessary for the national interest determination,” a senior State Department official told reporters on a conference call.

As you might guess this decision has produced some outrage

Republicans, as well as red-state Democrats who want the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline approved, slammed the administration for the delay. Democrats even threatened to find ways to go around the president to get the project approved.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said in a statement.

Some Humor


And no shortage of irony considering the “all Koch all the time” tactics from the left

But all the outrage,  jokes and anger not withstanding this doesn’t change a basic fact. If Barack Obama wanted to help Democrats secure his base he couldn’t have made a better move:

1. Look at the map via IJR Keystone map This delay will anger a lot of people but most of those people are in Red States and the angriest are already energized conservative, who will not be much more energized. Meanwhile it will inspire the most fanatical democrats in those states who are discouraged, it even allows Democrat candidates in those Red States to speak out against the delay if they think it will help his electoral prospects. 2. The right is up in arms about the $100 million dollar man celebrating this decision


Normally a rich guy sinking $100 mil into a race as a seeming quid pro quo would be a huge news story that the media would eat up, but in the age of Obama if those kicking in big money are giving it to help Democrats or their causes the media either celebrates, or ignores them. This will be ignored.

As long as the media think Steyner is not news then low information voters and activists it simply never happened.

3. Finally and most importantly, the far left, activists and the most discouraged Democrats like the Sierra Club are absolutely delighted with this move

“President Obama said he would take his time to make a considered decision whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and that appears to be exactly what he’s doing. Any day without the Keystone XL pipeline is a good day because it means more dirty tar sands crude stays in the ground where it belongs. The president said that he would not approve Keystone XL if it contributed significantly to climate disruption, and it is certain that it will. The longer we wait the more clear it becomes: the pipeline is not in the nation’s best interest.”

This will inspire them and give them a reason to keep fighting.

All of this adds up to something the president and his advisors have figured out, 2014 is going to be a base election and any move that help secure this base brings him one step closer to saving the Senate for him.

If only the GOP could figure this out as well.


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