Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is less than a month away from a run-off election that will decide just how big the new Republican Senate majority really is. Part of Landrieu’s strategy to win over Louisiana’s more conservative voters appears to be a full-scale embrace of the Keystone XL pipeline. But as Rachel Maddow put it on MSNBC last night, this plan “will win Democrats nothing, at great cost.”
On Wednesday, Landrieu called on the Senate to hold a vote immediately on a House bill that would force construction of the pipeline. As Maddow pointed out, Landrieu’s opponent Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is actually a sponsor of that bill. “So if Mary Landrieu bravely defies the Democratic Party and President Obama to get that Keystone bill passed, what she will be passing is her opponent’s bill!” Maddow said incredulously.
“The Democrats in the Senate in their infinite wisdom have lined up behind the Mary Landrieu strategy that they’ll defy the wishes of the president, defy the Democrat party’s base, defy the richest of the Democratic donor class who’s not all that psyched about throwing good money after bad at them,” Maddow continued, even though it won’t help Landrieu, but will have all kinds of other detrimental effects on both the environment and the party.
“Honestly, it will win Democrats nothing at great cost,” she concluded.
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