McCaskill: Why don’t we give Republicans the pipeline?

posted at 12:05 pm on December 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

It’s not a bad question, especially since it’s become clear that at least a few Senate Democrats want to claim some credit for job creation. Unfortunately for Claire McCaskill, who has more need than most to build some moderate credibility with her constituents, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is more interesting in being “combative all the time,” and says she will press for a compromise that meets House Republicans somewhere in the middle:

Democratic Sen. McCaskill accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of using divisive rhetoric during the payroll tax cut extension debate raging in Congress this week.

“I think if I were going to critique Harry Reid this morning, I really wish we would stop with this ‘dead on arrival, not going to go there’ and begin to have language like, ‘we’re going to take a look at it and see if there’s anything that we can agree on here and over the next couple of days try to come to an agreement,” said McCaskill on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” Wednesday.

“That’s what’s really going to happen, and I don’t know why this place is so set on, you know, looking like we’re combative all the time,” she added.

That’s a significant challenge to Reid, who did indeed proclaim the House payroll-tax-cut extension bill “dead on arrival” due to the provision that requires immediate action on the Keystone XL pipeline.  The Obama administration wants to push that decision off until after the next election, which indicates that they want to kill it without paying a political price.  Republicans want to get the benefit of the project’s job creation — ironically, which will benefit union pipefitters most, in all likelihood — and force Obama to assume political responsibility for the decision sooner rather than later or not at all.

McCaskill still blasted the GOP for including the provision in the bill, but said she’d be “gosh darn if I think it’s a good idea to raise taxes on people working as hard as they know how right now.”  In other words, Republicans put Senate moderates like McCaskill and Ben Nelson over a barrel, and they’re going to have to give the GOP something in order to produce an extension of a payroll tax holiday that was a bad idea when it was first implemented and hasn’t done anything to boost the economy anyway, but now it will look like a tax hike if it goes away.  The Senate, which hasn’t produced a budget on its own in almost 1000 days now, couldn’t have botched policy any worse than this.  McCaskill’s basically looking for a way out.


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This is the problem with the entire Congress, one side thinks they have to give the other side something. As for as I know, if whatever something is, benefits everyone, then it’s a win-win situation. Pipeline/America, win-win.

DDay on December 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Nice forearm shiver to the face of Reid…THUNK!

Lejero on December 14, 2011 at 1:26 PM

My, My

What has happened to the US, that it’s impossible to build a darn thing anywhere ?

Refineries, Pipelines, Dams, is there any hope that this can be reversed?

J

Gauthijm on December 14, 2011 at 1:28 PM

My, My

What has happened to the US, that it’s impossible to build a darn thing anywhere ?

Refineries, Pipelines, Dams, is there any hope that this can be reversed?

J

Gauthijm on December 14, 2011 at 1:28 PM

No.

Long haired country boy on December 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

All well and good if we get the pipeline for 20k plus jobs but it is my understnding the refined oil will be sold to foreign countries. Besides McGagskill is probablly going to benefit personally .

sonnyspats1 on December 14, 2011 at 1:36 PM

While McCaskill is doing this to try to win what will be a very tough seat, her point is valid. It clearly goes against Obama’s rhetoric that Republicans refuse to compromise, but its not like Obama and Reid are trying to work with House Republicans at all.

I really hope this forces Reid to schedule a vote and potentially set up a scenario where Obama is going to have to veto this. That would be incredible.

milcus on December 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM

This problem can be solved only by an election.

petefrt on December 14, 2011 at 1:41 PM

This is the problem with the entire Congress, one side thinks they have to give the other side something. As for as I know, if whatever something is, benefits everyone, then it’s a win-win situation. Pipeline/America, win-win.

DDay on December 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

“This is the problem with the entire Congress, one side thinks they have to give the other side something.”

DITTO.

Lourdes on December 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

SonnySpats1,

I must have missed where in a freemarket we get to take all of Canada’s oil off the top for refining it here?

The Canadian shale fields opening up and creating a spare 3 or four trillion for North America will change the entire paradigm of the Petro market. Opec’s back will be broken.

harlekwin15 on December 14, 2011 at 1:45 PM

DDay on December 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

“This is the problem with the entire Congress, one side thinks they have to give the other side something.”

DITTO.

Lourdes on December 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

ACTUALLY, the problem is that Congress assumes it’s them who “gives” us anything.

It’s not theirs to give us, it’s not a gift. They should be intelligent and conscientious enough (and loyal to their Oath of Office) to get the heck out of the way and stop mucking about with the lives of the American people.

Lourdes on December 14, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Lourdes,

Amen, the resources of the people of America belong to the owners of the land not “the people”.

harlekwin15 on December 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

McCaskill: Why don’t we give Republicans the pipeline?

Why don’t we give “Americans” the pipeline?

The pipeline helps all of us, not just Republicans, especially those of us trying to rebuild the economy in the face of Democrat obstacles and their inability to do anything constructive these past 3 years.

Lawrence on December 14, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I agree that old wiggle worm Reid needs a good hard thumpin, but McCaskill isn’t any better than Reid. In fact if it she was not up for re-election herself, you can be sure that she would still be ironing Harry’s underpants.

RiCkY.D. on December 14, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Talk is cheap. Where is her voting record? She joined all the rest of the democrats in a political suicide pact when obama took office and voted for every bill that promised to change America into a socialist state.

dunce on December 14, 2011 at 2:01 PM

It looks like she has has lost a lot of weight. Maybe trying to pretend, before her re-election bi in ’12, that she is not the same Claire McCaskill that has been voting in lockstep with Obama’s horrific policies for the last 3 years? I hope Missouri voters will clearly see who she is….

libertyforever on December 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Claire talks a good game, but when the rubber hits the road, she folds up and runs back behind Harry Reid’s diaper.
MO, it is time to vote this one out.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on December 14, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Claire is done in 2012 anyway. She might as well just stick to her leftist guns. Obama doesn’t want to approve the pipeline either because he is a fanatical idealogue, or because he is fleecing the greenies and pipeline supporters for reelection greenbacks. Probably a little bit of both.

The Spear on December 14, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Talk is cheap. When ‘ol Harry needs her vote, he’s got it. Something that the good people of Missouri should be reminded of early and often in 2012.

On the other hand, maybe Claire’s just looking for some new scenery to take in from the Cessna …

ombdz on December 14, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Why don’t we give ol’ Claire a ride down the pipeline on the first trial run? Give that sucker a real cleaning. Probably won’t do much to make Claire look any better though.

Horace on December 14, 2011 at 2:23 PM

This seems like a remarkably stupid initiative for Democrats to fight, particularly in a recession.

windwardtack on December 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Dems should okay it for strategic reasons, but don’t ever think that will result in a pipeline. The progs have built a very effective legal machine that can shut down any project for years through one of their friendly judges.

The judge rules that an environmental study must be done, and the environmentalists get paid to do the study. Prog corruption at its finest.

slickwillie2001 on December 14, 2011 at 2:44 PM

is it just me or does she look like an older version of that OWS
thing that Cavuoto was interviewing?

acyl72 on December 14, 2011 at 2:44 PM

is it just me or does she look like an older version of that OWS
thing that Cavuoto was interviewing?

acyl72 on December 14, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Not sure, never say the interview, but McCaskill does look rather ill in the photo.

RiCkY.D. on December 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM

1. All the RINO’s have to go, they are just reinforcments for the Democrats when there is a close vote.

2. All the “moderat” Democrats can be voted out and much more conservative Republicans voted in.

3. The only thing in the way is the Republican Party leadership.

4. Go around them vote for the most conservative in every primay in all 50 states.

5. Get involved in the Republican Party conventions and get to be a precinct chair, county chair, state delagate, national delagate and even get on the RNC.

Act Up.

by 2020 we will have Washington D.C. back under the Constitution

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 14, 2011 at 2:53 PM

can not wait to get rid of her. will never forget she was obama’s num 1 cheerleader

markcon on December 14, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Why don’t we give “Americans” the pipeline?

This is exactly the point. The first person who quits saying what is best for America instead of what is best for my Party will win HUUUUGE.

huskerthom on December 14, 2011 at 3:18 PM

As if no democrats will benefit from it???

Jpalm on December 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Please stop thinking that McCaskill is some centrist moderate. All of these turkeys including McCaskill, Nelson, Manchin, and other faux moderates among the Dems are only able to speak out like this because dip stick Harry said they could. They may even be given permission to vote for this bill for cover in the election, just so long as the “fors” don’t reach 60. The re-election of Obama and these jokers is the prime objective of Harry and the Dem party. They could care less about oil, defense, jobs, the economy, and the American middle class.

stefano1 on December 14, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I’ll see your Boxer and raise you a Dick. ; )

ElectricPhase on December 14, 2011 at 12:28 PM

That’s a visual that I need eye bleach for. I doubt anything gets raised when they see Boxer.

Torch on December 14, 2011 at 4:10 PM

OK – off topic a bit but does it seem that the Dem women are always….nevermind. Build the pipline.

landowner on December 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

So, basically, we’re at yet another Congressional impasse and in the end, nothing will be accomplished.

A pox on both houses. Throw every single damn one of them out, and start over. Nothing less will make any difference at this point.

Dave in San Diego on December 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Your votes talk louder than your words, Claire. If you want to impress us, why not build a coalition there in the Senate to do what you say needs to be done? I’m not sure Chuck Todd is where you start doing that.

In the meantime, we here in Missouri will keep looking over the conservatives lining up to take your seat. Most of us know you’re all centrist talk and liberal action.

shinty on December 14, 2011 at 4:31 PM

The whole Senate needs a good house cleaning in November, and it will happen.

Amazingoly on December 14, 2011 at 4:34 PM

This problem can be solved only by an election. rejection.

Fixed it.

HiJack on December 14, 2011 at 4:48 PM

So, basically, we’re at yet another Congressional impasse and in the end, nothing will be accomplished.

A pox on both houses. Throw every single damn one of them out, and start over. Nothing less will make any difference at this point.

Dave in San Diego on December 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Okay, I’m with you 100%! Providing I get to keep my senators and reps. /

HiJack on December 14, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Air Clair is toast and she knows it.You good people in Mizzou have the luxury to make change.All hope for us in Calif. is gone.

jeffinsjvca on December 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Here in Missouri, we see McCaskill on a regular basis. She’s been looking more and more desperate over the last year. Since Harry doesn’t really need her vote, she’s got special dispensation to act like she cares. She even came up MIA when Obama was here last.

TWP on December 15, 2011 at 9:38 AM