The president’s non-decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is getting panned widely in the MSM. It also is sending ripples through Senate races. In Michigan, Terri Lynn Land, who recently thrashed the “war against women” theme of her male opponent, is making use of the issue. Heather Swift, spokeswoman for the Land campaign tells Right Turn: “Last Friday, President Obama once again buried the hope of 42,000 unemployed Americans who have been counting on getting back to work by building the Keystone XL Pipeline. In a blatantly political move to appease his billionaire donor, the President, with the support of Congressman [Gary] Peters, delayed any action on the measure.” She emphasized, “Terri supports good-paying jobs, and lower energy prices for Michigan families. Terri supports building the Keystone XL Pipeline. It’s surprising that Congressman Peters does not.”
Peters is in a tough spot given the potential impact of the pipeline on Michigan jobs. And it isn’t merely a jobs issue. Tom Steyer, who pours his wealth into Democratic coffers and opposes the pipeline (explaining the all-night talk-a-thon Senate Democrats recently held), hosted an event in February at his San Francisco home where “roughly 70 guests who attended the two-hour dinner at Steyer’s abode in San Francisco’s Sea Cliff neighborhood ate grass-fed beef from Steyer’s ranch, as well as salmon, while a large California flag hung on the wall. The event raised $400,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.” Al Gore was there to tout Steyer as the man who could be the tipping point in the climate change wars. And yes, Peters, was there. As we have noted before, the prominence of the energy issue and its elite backers is a problem potentially for Democrats who have always claimed to be the party of the little guy.
Republicans have hoped this election would be about Obamacare, but it may also be about jobs and energy; Republicans have in Steyer the perfect target.
Politics is often the art of counterpunching. First, Land took on the war on women. Now will we see ads featuring the California billionaire vs. working class Michigan voters? I suspect so.