April 20, 2014

OF COURSE, HE'S DONE WITH THEM COME NOVEMBER:

Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base (JEFF MASON AND STEVE HOLLAND, Apr 20, 2014, Reuters)

The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate. [...]

The State Department's announcement on Friday that it would give government agencies more time to study the project was seen by strategists from both parties as a move to prevent that and boost Obama in the eyes of his supporters. Support for the president, or lack of it, is generally reflected in mid-term voter turnout.

Approval of the pipeline would also have risked dampening the enthusiasm of wealthy donors such as billionaire investor Tom Steyer, who is spending tens of millions of dollars to boost environmentally-friendly candidates.

Charlie Brown always thinks Lucy will leave the ball there.

Posted by at April 20, 2014 1:01 PM
  

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