President Obama’s administration had better start figuring out who helped propel them into office and who will never vote for them.
In the wake of the Obama administration’s largest initiative failure to date, an administration official ran crying to the tone-deaf Politico, telling them that it was all the enviros fault that a climate and energy bill won’t be taken up in the dysfunctional, anti-democratic Senate this year.
While Obama’s team keeps asking, “How high?” every time Fox Propaganda and Rush think about telling them to jump, action on issue after issue is reduced to a hollow shell and progressives are kicked to the bottom of the ditch by the side of the road.
The biggest problem with this whole scenario isn’t Obama or Sen. Reid or the right-wing disinformation and smear bloc – it’s unelected yo-yos like this official who just like to see their b.s. in D.C.-based media. These clowns don’t care what the science says; they don’t care what Americans outside of D.C. think or want. They’re attention whores and they’ll gladly sabotage any initiative that leans slightly left of the tea-baggers.
“They didn’t deliver a single Republican,” the official told POLITICO. “They spent like $100 million and they weren’t able to get a single Republican convert on the bill.”
In this idiot’s world, the administration is supposed to sit back and let issue groups write legislation and decide who needs to be targeted to pass it. The President has the biggest bully pulpit in this country, but it’s people like this official who are holding him and this country back from the greatness we can achieve.
How much did the dirty energy corporations spend to water down the House legislation and water down the Senate Committee version even further? A lot more than $100 million, I assure you. Which amounts to round-off error for corporations posting the biggest profits in the history of the world.
Politico does provide some context for how monumental this failure really is for the Obama administration:
Eighteen months ago, Barack Obama took office pledging to deal with a “planet in peril.”
His party held big majorities in Congress, and the House answered by passing a tough cap-and-trade bill. A massive climate conference in Copenhagen, with Obama at the center of the action, focused the world on the need to address global warming.
Then came the nation’s worst-ever environmental disaster, an oil spill in the Gulf that put momentum behind environmentalists and scarred the image of big, polluting industries.
Add in a summer of record-high temperatures, and it would seem the stars had been aligned like never before for climate legislation.
Climate legislation that the cowardly Dems have decided not to pursue this year. Because there’s always next year, or maybe 2012 would be better … no, there’s a Presidential election that year – we wouldn’t want the Dems to have to make tough decisions while running for re-election. Well, there’s always 2013, right? I mean, big parts of the Health Insurance Reform Giveaway won’t even take effect until 2013 or 2014. The Dems could certainly take up at least a small climate/energy bill in 2013 or so.
By all means, keep putting the most important issue our species faces until it’s a sure thing politically. It’s not like this country faces any kind of negative consequences as a result of your continued inaction incompetence.
Just don’t take progressives’ votes and hard work for granted after you keep slapping us aside.