What was missed in last night's "Vote-A-Rama" is that the U.S. Senate approved the Keystone Pipeline, with 17 Democrats joining Republicans in passing the measure, 62-37.
The Keystone amendment is non-binding, as the Obama Administration has the final say over its approval, but last night's vote was a strong sign that the Keystone Pipeline enjoys broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and that the Obama Administration's opposition might be wearing thin.
The 17 Democrats who voted yes included every single possibly vulnerable incumbent facing reelection next year, from 34-year veteran Baucus to first-term Sen. Mark Begich (Alaska).
Perhaps more importantly, Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.), who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, voted for the resolution. Bennet is not up for re-election until 2016, but his post requires him to raise money from the wealthy liberal community that is highly opposed to the pipeline.
Even pro-environmentalist progressives are agreeing at this point that left-wing activists should give up on Keystone. Bill Scher wrote that environmental activist groups have "blown it" on Keystone, and their dedication to the symbolism of the Keystone Pipeline was detracting from more important issues.....snip~
Senate Votes To Approve Keystone Pipeline - Kevin Glass
Looks like there are some Democrats that finally saw the light and came over to the Right Side. Seems the Blue Dogs want to go with the Pipeline and the creation of those jobs. Can Obama now say he will veto this approval. We know the House will pass this. Can Obama afford to take another hit and another loss with the start of the second term. Will Obama Pass this legislation or Will he veto the Bill.