Bill Clinton came out in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Mark our words: after he dies, unless he really does something weird to screw up his legacy (which we won’t discount) Democrats will speak about Bill Clinton and the Bill Clinton years and the Bill Clinton policies the way Republicans talk about Ronald Reagan. Just you watch.
In the mean time Clinton, who loves to stay in the game said…
Democrats should “embrace” the pipeline. That’s right Jane and Ken and Don: Get out there and give that pipe a big huuuug. Like ya mean it! Bill wants you to!
And then Slick Willy, er, former President Slick Willy, chastised TransCanada for not just going around the Sandhills in the first place. OK, fair point really. But he adds this:
“…they could’ve gone around the Nebraska Sandhills and avoided most the the dangers, no matter how imagined, to the Ogallala aquifer with a different route…”
So, that just shows a couple of things. Clinton concedes, essentially, that the “dangers” to the Sandhills and aquifer were imagined.
Thank you, Mr. President Bubba.
But, like a good Democrat, he notes that what is important is not what the facts are, it is how people feel. And because people felt — with no scientific evidence to back them up — that there was a danger, TransCanada should have ignored all scientific fact and spent the cash to change the route.
Well, in hind-sight what a great idea. But two years ago, TC was sitting there saying, “The scientists and reviewers and the State Department and everyone else says this is the best route. Not only that, but going around the Sandhills will mean going over more water, which is in fact, much more dangerous! And it would be more expensive. So why would we change the route?”
Well, because they didn’t factor in just how NIMBY-rific people could (be convinced to) be. Ah well.
Once President Obama finally gets out of the way, maybe he can have a beer-summit next to the pipe. And they can all give it a big hug.
The other thing we were going to point out is that all of the Congressmen now have opponents for November.
Which will make rich, meaty lamb chops for the Democrats the day after the election.
We love reading the LJS’s Don Walton’s Monday column! If only because it gives us an opportunity to chuckle while he does specialized yoga moves for the Democrats.
Ohmygish! That early leak could have dashed Bob Kerrey’s candidacy! Because it was early! And it was leaked! And…and…uh…yeah!
No actual follow-up on just HOW it could have dashed the candidacy. At all. But hey…drama! And Bob Kerrey!
And then Don notes that “Kerrey is laser-focused on entitlement reform.” Lasers! You hear that Nebraskans! Bob Kerrey, who was in the Senate for twelve years, and to our knowledge accomplished zero on medicare or medicaid or Social Security, will now pull out actual lasers (what?) to fix it all now.
So, ignore Kerrey’s record of voting for tax increases, and supporting ObamaCare, and Cap and Trade and partial birth abortions. Because Bob Kerrey will purchase an actual laser pointer at Walgreens and aim it right at your Social Security card! Ho, ho! Reconsidering your vote now, aren’t you Nebraskans!
And finishing up on Don’s other big point, that John Ewing’s campaign will now start crushing all comers because the Obama campaign said they were re-opening their Omaha office.
Which would be awesome for John Ewing…if this were 2008. Because if it were 2008, everyone would be talking about Hope! and Change! and would be crowding to get into the Obama office and they would jam-pack into the Civic Auditorium to see him and they would talk about how much they hate George W. Bush!
But it is not (wait, hold on, calendar check. Nope) 2008 anymore. There is no excitement for Barack Obama and his tide-receding candidacy. There is just high unemployment, a near-nuclear Iran, a sucking economy and a realization that maybe he isn’t actually “The One” and instead was just a Community Organizer from Chicago.
Oh, and by the way, the former Speaker of the House and current House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, was just in Omaha. To raise money for an Iowa Congressman. And NOT to raise a nickel for John Ewing. Oh, and she wouldn’t even talk to an OWH reporter.
And Ewing isn’t on the Dem’s Red-to-Blue list either. But other than that, awesome week for Ewing.
At some point we will make a “college try”* delve into the contested Unicameral races. Maybe we will try to do one a week or something.
Candidates, that means the less work we have to do to write something about you, means the better chance that you will see something on Leavenworth Street.
(*We would note that we wrote all of our college papers the night before they were due.)
And the Bluejays are dancing BABY!