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11-14-2014 08:47 PM  3 years agoPost 1
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There are many crucial items facing the lame-duck Congress, from Ebola to the Islamic State to funding the federal government.

But nobody predicted that the first legislation Congress would take up would be the Mary Landrieu Preservation Act of 2014.

Landrieu, a Democratic senator from Louisiana, is struggling to keep her seat in a runoff next month, and it doesn’t look good: Republican candidates got a combined 56 percent in last week’s election.

So in a last-gasp effort — a Hail Mary, as Capitol Hill reporters were calling it — Landrieu took to the Senate floor as soon as it opened Wednesday after the long fall recess and demanded passage of one of her home state’s pet causes: the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a Republican priority that Democrats have blocked for the last several years because of environmental objections. After taking the floor, she didn’t let it go for most of the next three hours.

“I want to say yes to new majority leader Mitch McConnell,” she proclaimed. “The time to start is now.”

Landrieu made no attempt to hide her motive. “I’m going to do everything in my power here and at home on the campaign trail, where I’m still in a runoff, as you know, to get this project moving forward,” she said.

Republicans were thrilled. Just 40 minutes after Landrieu went to the Senate floor, House GOP leaders announced that they would pass the very same bill on Tuesday — and little surprise. The lead sponsor of the House version of the bill, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), is Landrieu’s opponent in the runoff, and the move would guarantee that he would share credit (and perhaps get his name on the final bill instead of hers).

Suddenly, the full legislative force of the government has been marshaled to try to tilt the results of the Senate runoff in Louisiana. And voters thought lawmakers couldn’t get together to do what’s best for the nation?

Landrieu, upon hearing of the House’s move, exulted on the Senate floor. “They plan to pass it tomorrow! Let me just say, hallelujah! I’ll say it again: Hallelujah!”

But the exultant Landrieu had put her fellow Democrats in an awkward spot. Approval of the pipeline was likely to happen eventually, but Obama could have extracted significant concessions from the Republicans for it. Now they may be giving away that chit for nothing, to aide a colleague in a race she’s unlikely to win anyway. Even if she does, it’s the difference between a 54-to-46 Republican Senate majority and a 53-to-47 Republican Senate majority.

Republicans were ebullient, even before Landrieu’s unilateral concession. McConnell rarely smiles, and when he does it often comes out a grimace, but he was beaming when he posed in his office with 10 newly elected Senate Republicans for a photo op. He used the occasion to condemn President Obama for the climate-change agreement Obama struck with China, and he continued to lecture the president when he appeared a couple of hours later on the Senate floor.

Harry Reid (D-Nev.), just dethroned as majority leader, made a resentful pledge to cooperate with the new majority. “I saw firsthand how a strategy of destruction is debilitating to our system,” he said, clearly referring to McConnell’s time in the minority. “I have no desire to engage in that manner.”

But if Reid was grudging, Landrieu was throwing herself at the Republicans, trying to save herself by pushing through the “Hoeven-Landrieu” bill she sponsored with Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.).

“It needs to get done right now. Not in January. Not in February. Not in March,” she said with the urgency of a woman facing a December runoff.

She scheduled a news conference in the Capitol basement, and three dozen reporters and cameramen came to capture the spectacle. “We will pass this in the lame duck,” she predicted.

NBC’s Kasie Hunt was skeptical. “Are you a lost cause?” she asked.

“I don’t believe I am,” Landrieu replied.

David Espo of the Associated Press asked if there’s any indication Obama would sign the bill.

“I do not have a commitment,” she acknowledged with a chuckle.

Because of Senate rules, any senator could have blocked a vote on the Keystone measure when Landrieu finally made her “unanimous consent” request Wednesday evening that the Senate vote on the bill Tuesday. Republicans, naturally, didn’t object.

What was more interesting was that Reid and leading liberals, including Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), were on the floor, but not a single Democrat objected. Apparently, if it takes a pipeline to transport Mary Landrieu back to the Senate, Democrats were willing to build it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...42a2_story.html

Democrats are so cute when they are desperate.

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11-14-2014 09:48 PM  3 years agoPost 2
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???? When does Ray Nagin report to Prison ????

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11-15-2014 12:46 AM  3 years agoPost 3
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11-15-2014 01:05 AM  3 years agoPost 4
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I hope Louisiana doesn't fall for this. If she gets back in office, she will screw her state for another 6 years, then try to do something decent in over time again to save her own ass.
She is behind and probably will lose anyway.

The Democrooks blocked this bill and now Mary is in a panic. She didn't give a royal rat's behind when other people were losing their jobs, but now she wants the bill passed right now.

If Obama vetoes it, she will get the chance to override his veto.

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11-15-2014 06:06 AM  3 years agoPost 5
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11-15-2014 04:48 PM  3 years agoPost 6
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she's toast. 99% of the people that voted independent, will vote Republican. They always do. But I'll bet, they'll pass this and Obama will veto it. We'll see exactly how willing he is to work across the aisle for the next 2 years.....which is not at all.

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11-18-2014 05:15 AM  3 years agoPost 7
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She not only has the conservatives after her, now she has angered the eviro wacky-do's.

Check Out The Giant Inflatable Keystone Pipeline In Mary Landrieu's Front Yard:

Watch at YouTube

Yep, she had her dance with the devil and now everybody hates her.

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11-18-2014 01:11 PM  3 years agoPost 8
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The yay count stands at 59,,,, so that means 14 Dems are voting yay. The WH said last night that Obama will veto it. Draw your own conclusions.

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11-19-2014 03:00 AM  3 years agoPost 9
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The yay count stands at 59,,,, so that means 14 Dems are voting yay. The WH said last night that Obama will veto it. Draw your own conclusions.
Looks like Mary flumbled, and the GOP will need the new incoming votes to get things done in government.

Mary gambled and lost.

Bye, bye Mary!

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11-19-2014 12:16 PM  3 years agoPost 10
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11-19-2014 12:43 PM  3 years agoPost 11
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Looks like Mary flumbled, and the GOP will need the new incoming votes to get things done in government.
Trouble is that the Obummer will veto everything thrown at him by the repubs.

Everything.

He will become Harry Reid Jr very quickly.

Watch and wait.

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11-19-2014 12:58 PM  3 years agoPost 12
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she's toast. 99% of the people that voted independent, will vote Republican. They always do. But I'll bet, they'll pass this and Obama will veto it.
It's pure hate going on in WSTington] and Obama is doing his share, i couldn't blame him more than the other,
He's merely doing what is rendered to him by racial mean that how i look at it.

The Democrat isn't going to benefit from the keystone project so they claim
Environment spoiler,

But i like the president stand to leave it up to the state to determin.

The Republican Don't want that as they Are only into what they can gain from it.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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