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  •  Mostly posturing (5+ / 0-)

    especially by those Dems up for reelection. While they likely won't lose votes if Obama approves the pipeline before the election, they are unlikely to gain votes either---with the possible exception of Walsh in Montana. The voting population is small enough there, and the pipeline would go through his state---so it's possible he might win a few votes if he's on record as supporting it & asking Obama to approve it---and then he does.

    In the other states, being pro- or anti-Keystone isn't going to change the outcome. Pryor is likely toast for other reasons, Landrieu is safe (and has lots of pro-oil friends), and Begich's pro-oil position is well-known in Alaska. Alaskans care about oil (and the free money they get from their own pipeline---about $950 per Alaskan last year)---but whether Keystone is approved or not is unlikely to change their votes.

    What those Senators up for election probably are most trying to accomplish is perhaps forestall an anti-Keystone decision before the election, and if such a thing were to occur they are well-insulated from the (untrue) attacks that might come that allege that they were somehow anti-oil.

    I still believe Obama will decide against the pipeline, but because of the lack of an approved route through Nebraska, he will find it very easy to delay the decision until after the election. At that point he can't be "blamed" for some of the likely losses of a few of these Senate seats.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 10:35:49 AM PDT

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