For Obama And His Keystone Cops, This New Pipeline Poll Could Be A Game Changer

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Buoyed by outspoken environmentalists, climate change doomsayers, and liberal lawmakers, President Obama has repeatedly threatened to veto any bill that Congress might send him to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a measure to move forward with the controversial pipeline project. That legislation is now in the Senate, where its fate could be an early test of GOP leader Mitch McConnell’s ability to assemble a bipartisan coalition big enough to override a presidential veto.

Thehill.com reports that contentious debate over the measure could begin on the Senate floor as early as next week.

Democrats are aiming to use the amendment process to force Republicans into a number of tough votes, including on whether to back an amendment that states man-made climate change is happening.

Asked if the Republican caucus was ready to take that vote, McConnell said, “Yeah!”

It will be interesting to see if the results of a brand new poll on the pipeline have any influence in that Senate debate, possibly giving pro-pipeline Republicans a boost in their head-to-head with Obama.

The CNN/ORC poll whose findings were released today shows that the percentage of Americans who support the Keystone project is double the percentage who oppose the construction of the long-delayed oil pipeline.

“The 1,179-mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline is backed by 57% of the 1,011 Americans surveyed on Dec. 18-21. Just 28% oppose it, while 15% say they are unsure.”

CNN notes that the measure up for debate in the Senate would end the State Department’s six-year review of the project and give the green light to its immediate construction.

As Western Journalism has reported, proponents of the international oil pipeline cite its potential for extensive job creation and increased energy independence for Americans.

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Mitch McConnell Wages War Against The EPA

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In January, Democratic Senator Harry Reid will retire from being the Majority Leader – with Republican Mitch McConnell as his replacement.

McConnell is a consummate Washington insider. After graduating from the University of Louisville in 1964, he traveled to Washington, D.C. to become an intern for Senator John Sherman Cooper. Later, he worked for both the U.S. Senate as a staff member and was also a member of the Gerald Ford administration.

He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, and has served in the Senate for over 30 years.

The longevity of his career makes him an expert on how the U.S. Senate works… And according to him, his first duty of business is to restore Kentucky coal to the top of America’s energy mountain.

But will he win the fight, and how else will he use his newfound power?

Righting the EPA’s Defunct Policy

Since taking office, Barack Obama has waged an unceasing war on coal. His U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has been attempting to use the regulatory power it has to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30%.

But to achieve these goals, they’re forcing the closure of coal power plants nationwide.

McConnell calls this policy “a true outrage.”

But he didn’t stop there. He told The Courier-Journal, “So [Obama] has a war on coal – and, honestly, I’m going to go to war with him over coal.” He concluded his interview by saying that the U.S. Senate under his leadership would attempt to stop the administration “in any way that we can.”

The Obama administration hasn’t taken the threat lightly. Head of the EPA Gina McCarthy has been fighting back. She recently defended herself and her agency, saying, “I feel very confident that the American people understand the value of the EPA.”

Meanwhile, McConnell hasn’t hesitated to shoot back. He recently told The Associated Press, “Look, my first obligation is to protect my people, who are hurting as the result of what this administration is doing.”

Tossing more fuel on the fire… he called the Obama administration’s global warming deal with China a “phony deal,” adding that “coal is booming elsewhere. Our country, going down this path all by ourselves, is going to have about as much impact as dropping a pebble in the ocean.”

From a Clear Coal Fight to a Murky Future

It’s clear McConnell will fight for coal. McConnell concluded a recent interview by giving confirmation: “So for the president to pursue his crusade at the expense of the people of my state is completely unacceptable, and I’m going to do any and everything I can to stop it.”

But aside from his clear stance on coal and a few other things – like the Keystone XL pipeline (for which he’s pledged to pass legislation) – he’s mum about his agenda beyond that…

Will he fight the Obama amnesty for illegal immigrants? (McConnell is non-committal.)

Will he fight Obama’s foreign policy adventures in Syria? (It looks unlikely.)

Whether McConnell will go down in history as a great Majority Leader will depend on how well he navigates the difficult relations with our recalcitrant president. Especially since Obama has declared his intention to ignore both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House… and pursue his own agenda via executive action.

It’s a hard call at the moment, but January will be here soon enough.

 

This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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BREAKING: What Rand Paul Just Announced Could Both Excite And Dismay Supporters

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It has long been assumed by those in the know that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will throw his hat into the 2016 presidential ring. In fact, the belief in a pending Paul candidacy is so strong that pollsters have for a while been taking the pulse of the American electorate with an eye toward a Rand Paul run.

The Real Clear Politics average of polls finds that, in a head-to-head matchup with Hillary Clinton, Paul trails the former Secretary of State by eight percentage points. The closest poll — a recent Quinnipiac survey — finds a five-point advantage for Clinton.

So, Rand Paul fans and followers pushing a White House bid have been expecting a campaign announcement from Kentucky’s junior senator…but not necessarily the one made today. Via usatoday.com:

The Republican said in a news release that he’s seeking re-election to the Senate from Kentucky.

He told the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., ahead of his campaign announcement that he’s still “four to six months” away from making up his mind about running for the White House.

What could raise concern among Paul’s many supporters is a Kentucky law that ostensibly prohibits a candidate from appearing more than once on a ballot for federal office.

In other words, say some of the law’s staunch proponents, Rand Paul would not be able to run simultaneously for the senate and for the presidency in 2016.

And what about changing that controversial Kentucky law? Again, via usatoday.com:

Allies of Paul’s in the state Legislature tried unsuccessfully in the past session to change the law so candidates can run simultaneously for two federal offices — as states such as Texas already do.

The measure passed the GOP-controlled state Senate but did not go anywhere in the Democratic-controlled state House.

There’s no indication from the Paul camp that the senator’s announcement that he will seek re-election means he has ruled out a 2016 presidential campaign.

As for Rand Paul’s re-election standing among his fellow Republicans in the Bluegrass State, it seems to be on sound footing:

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and all of Paul’s Kentucky GOP congressional colleagues endorsed his re-election bid. McConnell, who is set to become majority leader in January, called Paul “an irreplaceable partner” and hailed him for his “innovative mind for conservative reforms that create jobs and get the economy working again.”

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WATCH: The Most Destructive 40-Second Video You’ll Ever See For Obama And The Democrats

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Not that much needs to be said about this brief but breathtaking video — it really speaks for itself. In truth, it screams for itself — screams that Barack Obama has become so toxic, so radioactive for Democrat candidates that, well, at least this candidate is essentially disavowing the president.

Here’s the context for what you’ll see…

In Kentucky’s high-stakes Senate race — a contest into which the party has poured millions of dollars and invested high hopes, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is trying to knock off Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader.

Grimes, a life-long Democrat, appeared before the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board on Thursday to make her pitch for their endorsement.

When she was asked a simple, straight-forward question, she dodged repeatedly. That extraordinary dodge pretty much sums up how so many Democrats feel they must divorce themselves from the once-exalted leader of their party — Barack Obama.

You can see the :40 “scream” by clicking on the video above to learn what this desperate Dem said when asked, “Did you vote for President Obama?”

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Could Obama Be The Best Thing That Happened To The Republican Party Since Sliced Bread?

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Friends, Americans, patriots — lend me your ears. For once, I come not to bury the Republican Party Establishment–but to praise it.

That’s right, it is I, a man who has been excommunicated so many times by the GOP establishment I’ve lost count, who is now here to tell of their mighty deeds. Just as “only Nixon could go to China,” so must the waxing poetic of the GOP’s “heroic” exploits come from a malcontent like me.

By now, you’re wondering “what did you do with the real Steve Deace?” But fear not, my brethren; thou still art the man. And I haven’t moved to Colorado yet, either; so I still have my wits about me, and I don’t have the munchies.

Brothers and sisters, I have always promised to call it as I see it. To “fear God, tell the truth, and (then) make money.” That hasn’t changed, which is why if we’re going to call it as we see it, and tell the truth about the 2014 elections that are less than 100 days away now, we must give credit where credit is due.

Make no mistake; with their combined fecklessness, gutlessness, and unwillingness to even pretend to be a true opposition party, GOP leadership has essentially allowed what amounts to one-party rule in America. Which means there has literally been nothing standing between the American people and the Marxist occupant of the White House. Thus, by hook or by crook, President Obama has gotten everything he’s wanted.

Which is exactly why Obama is becoming increasingly unpopular by the day.

He has no “obstructionists” to triangulate off of. Sure, Obama has tried nonetheless; but no one — and I mean no one — that doesn’t share his love for tanning beds takes Speaker John Boehner seriously as a foil. If your nemesis is best known for weeping on a dime, you really don’t have one.

I once Googled “John Boehner caves,” and over 135,000 results came up.

And Senate Republican Leader Ditch…err…Mitch McConnell? How do I loathe thee; let me count the ways. I once offered my audience $100 if any of them could name for me one bold thing McConnell has done these past two years that merits him becoming Senate Majority Leader in 2015 (and “not being Harry Reid” didn’t count.) My audience gave up and asked for a Mensa quiz instead because it was easier.

Think about it; never before in human history has a group of “leaders” been so richly rewarded for being so ineffective and disliked. That has to count for something, doesn’t it? These guys know how to fail spectacularly. No politicians have fallen upward better than Republicans will this fall.

Think about it. The Republican Party’s approval rating is even lower than Obummer’s; and with a 7% approval rating, Congress is the most unpopular thing ever polled by Gallup. Yet here they are, poised to make big gains in November. Because by offering not even token opposition to Obamaism, the American people have gotten the Marxist equivalent of “the full Monty.” And we are choking on it.

Obama is in worse shape at this point in the 2014 election cycle than George W. Bush was at this point in 2006, and we all recall how that turned out. It led to the tragic relevance of Nancy Pelosi, who is to brilliance what toe jam is to chocolate.

Perhaps it’s poetic justice. After all, Marxist redistributive theory seeks to reward people with things they haven’t earned; so it’ s only fitting the leadership of the Republican Party be rewarded with political power they haven’t earned. All because of the scorn the Marxist Regime in the White House has most definitely earned.

So here’s to you, GOP establishment — come November 4th, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

 

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