April 28, 2010

"F*** GAIA, SHE DOESN'T VOTE FOR US ANYWAY":

Democrats’ Augustinian Impulses on Climate: President Obama’s election raised unprecedented expectations among climate advocates—and yet their unconditional devotion allows him to get away with giving little more than lip service to the issue. (Samuel Thernstrom, April 28, 2010, The American)

Why doesn’t Klein want to pass a bill he claims to support?

Because the public has had quite enough, thank you, of government activism this year ... and, after Wall Street reform is passed, any further attempts to pass major legislation will add to legitimate conservative arguments that the federal government is attempting to do [too] much to do any of it well. Healthcare and Wall Street reform were certainly worth doing—but only if caarefully [sic] managed and it remains to be seen whether the Obama Administration, which has succeeded in legislating, will have equal or better luck when it comes to actually governing. In any case, public skepticism about the Democratic Party is bound to increase if another humongous piece of legislation, which effectively guarantees higher energy prices, is passed this year.

According to the Rasmussen poll released this week, 58 percent of likely voters favor repealing the healthcare bill, with just 38 percent opposed. I wonder, though: If the 38 percent understood that a cost of the healthcare bill was the loss of the last, best chance for bipartisan climate legislation in this term, would that number be smaller? I suspect it would.

For those who voted for Obama inspired by his promise of swift action on climate, it must be particularly galling to see him let Reid kill the bill for such nakedly political reasons. Congress isn’t expected to actually pass immigration reform this year—no bill has even been drafted, and Senator Graham is (was?) a key Republican vote in that coalition as well—but fighting the battle will earn Obama and Reid one thing they do need: support from Hispanic voters who might otherwise stay home in November. On Monday, Obama launched his 2010 congressional campaign, seeking to reconnect with “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women” who voted for him in 2008. No mention of environmentalists.


Wasn't just electing him supposed to make the waters recede?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 28, 2010 6:09 AM
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