We often hear from Democratic Party activists that, if it wasn’t for the nasty Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate, President Obama’s legislative agenda would move forward without obstruction. Today, a roll call vote in the Senate proved that idea wrong.
The vote was on whether to overturn Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would exempt the Keystone XL pipeline from the usual regulatory process. Republicans voted to smash the veto, of course. They weren’t alone.
The following Senate Democrats chose to join with the Republican Party, to break Barack Obama’s veto, and to allow a dangerous pipeline to carry petroleum sludge from Alberta’s tar sands all the way through America’s heartland, down to Texas to be processed, then sold overseas.
Mike Bennet, Tom Caroer, Bill Casey, Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, and Mark Warner.
These Democrats are so deeply nestled in the pocket of Big Oil that they voted to defy the veto of their own party’s president in order to help the Keystone XL pipeline evade normal regulatory procedures.
Political independence is a good thing. These Democrats haven’t demonstrated political independence, though. They have only demonstrated that they are politically dependent upon money from fossil fuels corporations.