Oh my: Obama ready to cave on veto threat over Keystone pipeline provision?

posted at 5:25 pm on December 16, 2011 by Allahpundit

Good lord. Not only did he promise to veto the payroll-tax-cut extension if the Keystone provision was attached, he did it at a press conference with Stephen Harper standing right next to him. His own party must have realized the cave was coming, though, because Emanuel Cleaver was backing off the threat just two days after The One made it. The politics were poisonous: Not only did it give the GOP an opening to seize the mantle of job creation, it pitted labor against Obama and the greens — and on top of all that, a veto would have meant torpedoing a tax break for the middle class, which he was never going to do with an election less than a year away. (That’s also why he caved on the millionaire surtax, natch.) Reminds me of the GOP’s predicament in the debt-ceiling standoff: O took a hostage he simply wasn’t prepared to shoot.

There’s a funny Onion video from this summer (which, tragically, I can’t find anywhere online) goofing on The One from the left for bending too far in negotiations. Title: “Deal struck that will let Republicans kick Obama in the balls in exchange for nothing.” In this case, we’d be kicking him in the balls to create thousands of jobs that he’d rather sacrifice to satisfy environmentalists. You’re welcome, America:

White House spokesman Jay Carney declined several opportunities to say that President Barack Obama would veto the tax cut if it contained language aimed at expediting the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline project. Obama last week said he would reject efforts to tie the pipeline to the payroll tax…

Carney told reporters he would not comment on what language regarding the pipeline would be acceptable to the president.

Senate Republicans think there are 14 Democrats willing to vote for the Keystone provision, which would be just enough to beat the filibuster. The White House must think so too or else Carney wouldn’t suddenly be conspicuously noncommittal. To be clear, the provision wouldn’t automatically approve the pipeline, it would merely force Obama to make a decision on it within the next 60 days. But that’s no help to O: Remember, his goal here isn’t necessarily to cancel the pipeline but merely to postpone a decision until after the election so that he’s not forced yet to choose between labor and the greens. Henry Waxman’s confident that if the provision passes, O will turn around and cancel it on grounds that Congress didn’t give him enough time to study the environmental effects. Fine — let him make that decision under a media microscope and then spend the next 10 months defending it. Can’t wait for the GOP attack ads showing glum union members sitting around with unused oil equipment.

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Nice Job John Boehner..:)

Dire Straits on December 16, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Nice Job John Boehner..:)

Dire Straits on December 16, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Now, that’s a sentence that doesn’t get said everyday. :o)

BlaxPac on December 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Nice Job John Boehner..:)

Dire Straits on December 16, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Even a broken clock…

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I still want to see this genius’ affirmative action college transcripts.

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Are Dean’s Lists still around? Back when I went to college, which wasn’t that long before O’bama, when I made the Dean’s List it was public knowledge, sent out in press releases, etc.

Seems to me that if O’bama is as smart as his Fluffers claim, he (and they) would be eager to prove it with his academic record.

What are they so afraid of?

Del Dolemonte on December 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

What are they so afraid of?

Del Dolemonte on December 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

EXACTLY!!!

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Toldja he’d sign it.

My collie says:

Yeah. The lying sniveling spineless cowardly weakling that he is.

CyberCipher on December 16, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Now, that’s a sentence that doesn’t get said everyday. :o)

BlaxPac on December 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Hopefully it will be said more in the future..:)

Dire Straits on December 16, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Even a broken clock…

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Hopefully Boehner will have a better record than that..:)

Dire Straits on December 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Where is the line forming for the opportunity to kick?

Dan822 on December 16, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Happy Friday!

now onto my vacay…see ya
-dear leader

cmsinaz on December 16, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Nice Job John Boehner..:)

Dire Straits on December 16, 2011 at 6:37 PM

+1

cmsinaz on December 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM

JAM on December 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Can you imagine half of these guys as leaders during the Cold War?

Del Dolemonte on December 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

They are not afraid of anything, why? They just bury the facts.

You think Cain had sexual problems?

http://conservativetalk.org/2011/11/07/obama-accused-of-sexual-harassment-at-harvard-law-review/

Heh.

IlikedAUH2O on December 16, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Not to rain on every one’s parade…

… but I’m going to hold off popping the champagne until he is forced to sign the bill.

This would help the Country…

… and we know Obowma can’t have THAT now, can he?

Seven Percent Solution on December 16, 2011 at 5:49 PM

With ya on this. The lefties in DC can be bought way too easily (see obamacare). Until the signature is on the paper, a deal means nothing.

btw how long has it been since Boehner cried on camera? If this deal goes thru, I’m gonna buy stock in Kleenex because I bet he weeps with joy for days on end.

jfox21 on December 16, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Obama doesn’t have to veto the bill. He can sign it and still do nothing about permitting the construction just like he does with other ‘environmentally sensitive’ permits; they just never get issued. . . and there isn’t anything congress can do about it.

Skandia Recluse on December 16, 2011 at 6:52 PM

+1

cmsinaz on December 16, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Happy TGIF to you..:)

Dire Straits on December 16, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Dude

Allendundit on December 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Dude!

JPeterman on December 16, 2011 at 6:53 PM

ORconservative on December 16, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Sure he does, they are heading to Hawaii tonight with Michelle and the girls.

Jack Slade on December 16, 2011 at 6:54 PM

This has me wondering who is the father of Michelles kids.

docflash on December 16, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Dear God, the Stupid Party isn’t so stupid after all.

First we get a reprieve on the ban on our awesome and beloved incandescent light bulbs, and now we get Keystone XL for the win.

Must be Christmas or something.

Incandescent on December 16, 2011 at 6:58 PM

You think Cain had sexual problems?

http://conservativetalk.org/2011/11/07/obama-accused-of-sexual-harassment-at-harvard-law-review/

That sounds like a spoof.

Puma for Life on December 16, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Dire Straits on December 16, 2011 at 6:53 PM

right back atcha :)

ready for the weekend…been a long one…

cmsinaz on December 16, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Skandia Recluse on December 16, 2011 at 6:52 PM

very good point…

cmsinaz on December 16, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Nice. A very special episode of … “Ow my balls!”

corncat on December 16, 2011 at 7:08 PM

That sounds like a spoof.

Puma for Life on December 16, 2011 at 7:01 PM

It IS a spoof. Except for heresay evidence, there is no evidence supporting the allegation that Obama attended Harvard.

No pictures
No friends
No records that anyone has seen

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Seems the closer we get to the end of Obama’s presidency, the faster all the threads of suspected unsavory and despicable behavior are unraveling. I expect the whole facade is going to fall, and all the hidden stuff will start popping up. Looks like rough weather ahead

stormridercx4 on December 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

If Obama punts then Canada has an interest that can get it into court to compel a decision by the Obama Administration or if decision is adverse to overturn that administrative determination. Either way Obama’s goose is cooked by Christmas with wonderful leftovers by Valentines Day/Washington’sBirthday. What irony.

eaglewingz08 on December 16, 2011 at 7:21 PM

The picture AP is using bears a striking resemblance to Thulsa Doom

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 7:22 PM

I am pinching myself…either he saw the light (doubtful as it sounds) or he really hopes to be seen The Great Compromiser (take the positive connotation of the word) and thus positioning himself as the rational one, ‘only adult in the room’, etc for the coming elections…

jimver on December 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Medical Flash! House leadership discovers it has a backbone. Atta Boy, John B.!!

Tristan on December 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM

The GOP will learn nothing from this, though. Trust.

SouthernGent on December 16, 2011 at 7:28 PM

…and thus positioning himself as the rational one, ‘only adult in the room’, etc for the coming elections…

jimver on December 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Considering that he surrounds himself with people no better than petulant 13 year old girls, that’s quite the accomplishment for a “Harvard man”

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Henry Waxman’s confident that if the provision passes, O will turn around and cancel it on grounds that Congress didn’t give him enough time to study the environmental effects.

O should have plenty of time to get through all the environmental studies while he’s lolling around the White House while Michelle and the girls and Mama Robinson are all off enjoying Hawaii on that Christmas vacation we’re supposed to believe The One isn’t taking.

Captain Scarlet on December 16, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Well, the sooner he caves the sooner he can leave for Hawaii. Maybe he will be on the same flight with his family this time.

snosanric on December 16, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Whoa there big fella. This was all part o Mochelle’s plan: To spend XMas alone, safely protected by the U.S. Secret Service detail

BigAlSouth on December 16, 2011 at 7:30 PM

The GOP will learn nothing from this, though. Trust.

SouthernGent on December 16, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Au contraire!

The GOP has learned that adrogynous clones with no backgrounds surrounded by marxists and socialists can be elected President with the help of mindless zombies and illegal donations.

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 7:31 PM

If Romney is the nominee, he would be wise to carpet bomb the airwaves with this issue, after Obama cancels the pipeline after 60 days. This issue is a winner all around. Well done, Boehner.

The Count on December 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM

How dumb are the environmentalist anyway?

Do they actually think Obama cares about the planet.
I didn’t see mass protest from the Hollywood treehuggers when BP/gov’t was pumping the gulf full of toxins to sink the oil to the bottom of the sea.

What about Obama lending money to Brazil to drill in much deeper waters than the Gulf.

He cares about his reelection more than the environment.
The Hollywood elites may as well accept it. Their Messiah has no principles or convictions. He only fights for himself.

bailey24 on December 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM

bailey24 on December 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Turns out Hollywood elites cover for pedophiles too.

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Ha!!!

ted c on December 16, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Times really don’t change much….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzrUqAtUcpU

Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies
Tell me where is sanity?
Tax the rich
Feed the poor
Till there are no rich no more?
I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

Kstag on December 16, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Anyone want to buy an Obama Battle Flag?

It’s only been dropped once.

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 8:03 PM

So unlike past practises, where tax hikes and spending cuts were part of a deal, but only the tax hikes occurred…this deal will be different. The extension goes through…and no one has the paperwork, all set to sue and stop the pipeline? Gotcha… grasshopper!

KOOLAID2 on December 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Oh goodie. This should seal up re-election for Obama.
/

Decoski on December 16, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Every time I see that particular picture of Present, that was the cover for this segment…I want to pummel it.
My wife would like to blow it up for the dartboard….the mole by the side of his nose….being the bulls-eye.

KOOLAID2 on December 16, 2011 at 11:05 PM

all the weeper of the house and mcconnell the appeaser in the senate did was create another interminably long, unneeded two month delay on the pipeline. Canada could sell the stuff to China by then. What the H is wrong with these milquetoast appeasers we have in Congress….. what are down to now on approval?? 6 or 7 percent? But it means nothing to career, entrenched, self serving politicians. All of them need to be cleared out and put to work in the private sector.

ultracon on December 16, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Obama folded like a cheap empty suit.

ultracon ~ You see to misunderstand the pipeline issue. The ball is in Obama’s court already. The pipeline needs to clear hurdles in several departments. Despite the whining of the environmentalist wackos, it’s already passed those tests. It’s up to State to work out the details with Canada, but because Obama’s people have dragged their feet on every detail since the choice is between energy and jobs versus greenies, we’re already past the statutory deadline. Obama wanted to punt the decision until after the election; this bill forces him to say yea or nay quickly.

Boehner is the hero here. You sound extremely ignorant of the issues.

Adjoran on December 17, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Toldja he’d sign it.

My collie says:

Yeah. The lying sniveling spineless cowardly weakling that he is.

CyberCipher on December 16, 2011 at 6:47 PM

That collie needs to go all political and stuff. He/she’s got my vote, unless it’s for dog-catcher. That would be problematic.

hillbillyjim on December 17, 2011 at 7:29 AM

Anyone want to buy an Obama Battle Flag?

It’s only been dropped once

1. NO.

2. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

hillbillyjim on December 17, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Toldja he’d sign it.

My collie says:

Yeah. The lying sniveling spineless cowardly weakling that he is.

CyberCipher on December 16, 2011 at 6:47 PM

…. and you used to be such a nice Collie. Integrity, and good spelling as well.

What’s the world coming to?

Oh well, CC’s collie, just be sure your voter registration is up to reg’s.

hillbillyjim on December 17, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Anyone want to buy an Obama Battle Flag?

It’s only been dropped once.

Roy Rogers on December 16, 2011 at 8:03 PM

You might want to try Tingle Claus dot jingle tingle/ohbrother

hillbillyjim on December 17, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Lets see I can stand on principle and keep my word OR go on Vacation.what to do, what to do, what to do,

ga_dandelion on December 17, 2011 at 8:38 AM

AP and Ed, please retire that photo of Obama. It really weirds me out.

Rosmerta on December 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Every time I see that particular picture of Present, that was the cover for this segment…I want to pummel it.
My wife would like to blow it up for the dartboard….the mole by the side of his nose….being the bulls-eye.

KOOLAID2 on December 16, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Mass-copy this pic. It works better than plastic bags for cleaning up, after your dog has downloaded at the park.

Hey, does this qualify as a “shovel-ready job”?

TheClearRiver on December 18, 2011 at 8:21 AM

I’m a little disappointed that he has 2 months to make a decision and there’s a 2 month payroll tax extention. I always smell games from the Democrats because the press never holds them accountable, and I doubt this will be any different.

bflat879 on December 18, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I’m convinced that he was always going to approve of the pipeline, he just had to disapprove of it before he approved it. That way he could continue to play to both sides. “I was against it, but they forced me to do it.” and “I approved of the job creating pipeline”. See? That’s how you vote ‘Present’ and allow yourself to be on both sides of an issue at once.

PorchDawg on December 19, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Hi all,

I could be completely wrong, but here goes

the assumption that he punted over the election time frame on this, so as he’ll approve it afterwards is, I think, quite flawed.

He punted over the line so as to be able to get re-elected, with both the Labour & Enviro-whackjobs votes, to then kill the bill without any downside.

If you all think he was going to approve it, you are sadly mistaken

This man is a true ideologue, never a pragmatist.

This pipeline is dead, either way.

The USA; a true BANANA country, i.e. absolutely Build Absolutely Nothing anywhere at anytime (BANANA or close to it anyway)

Well except for 99B trains to nowhere, and even then…

I am a Canadian, a shareholder of both Enbridge and TCPL, and I hope we go on northern gateway as soon as possible; i’d prefer helping the best country in the world, and our partner if we could , but if you (excludes all conservatives, Repubs here) decide to commit civilizational suicide, I don’t thin we should join you on thh trip..

sorry!

Signed: Your sad friend, the Canadian, wondering what happened to the US the last 20 years (Bush I, or AR, After Reagan)

Gauthijm on December 19, 2011 at 12:47 PM

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