“He will see more green, so to speak.”
“Postponing the decision is a significant indicator of just how bad the Obama insiders think their election prospects are right now. They are willing to risk independent voters wondering why we don't drill in North America to consolidate the environmentalist vote. They fear the "Corzine calamity" where the incumbent governor lost the support of environmentalists and the election.”
“If anyone other than [Romney] gets the nomination, the WH will have no trouble motivating the base. If it's Romney, keeping Sierra Club happy may be worth it.”
“The issue has become a symbol of environmental protection, an issue category which is essential for the young voters that need to be energized for 2012. Obama landed on the right side, at the right time. Definitely a net positive. “
“This was a risky gamble to make as crude prices approach $100, but Nebraska Republicans may have offered him a modest political shield.”
"The president just killed 20,000 union jobs and put politics in front of our economic and national security."
“No, the delay will be seen as a sign of weakness and indecision - unlikely to mollify environmentalists and a missed opportunity for a real "shovel-ready" project on a large scale - I sure hope he does not think this improves his chances to win NE! “
“The president's green support was never in jeopardy (when has it ever defected?). But the independent and labor vote is not static, and we are already seeing signs both will take a walk this time, largely because of an accumulation of actions like this.”
“The opponents of Keystone will not be satisfied until the project is terminated. The fact that it's still alive means there's an opportunity to get it accomplished, especially considering the House R's will continue to fight for it.”
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