Dem senator: “The Keystone Pipeline decision has taken longer than it took us to defeat Hitler”

posted at 1:21 pm on September 27, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

This is true. Via USA Today:

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a freshman Democrat from North Dakota, is ready to take on President Obama over the long-delayed approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline — and she predicts her side will prevail.

“We know that we have the votes here in the Senate; we certainly have the votes in the House,” she told USA TODAY on Thursday. “In fact, I think we could build enough votes to override a veto.” …

She is impatient on both fronts: for Congress to negotiate a so-called continuing resolution that is “clean,” funding the government without being tied to extraneous issues, and for the president to decide what to do about the pipeline.

“The Keystone Pipeline decision has taken longer than it took us to defeat Hitler,” she said. “There’s just something wrong with this process.”

Obama “got himself painted into the corner” by environmentalists who oppose the pipeline, she said. “He’s having a very difficult time to find a real, factual, legal reason to deny the permit.”

This isn’t the first time Sen. Heitkamp has come up with a rather colorful analogy concerning the Keystone XL pipeline, and an energy-related revolt from Democrats probably isn’t something the White House is particularly keen on dealing with right now, but Heitkamp’s home state of North Dakota has a heck of a lot to lose in both this never-ending oblivion of prohibitive uncertainty and in the event of an ultimate permit rejection.

As I mentioned in my post yesterday demythifying parts two and three of billionaire Tom Steyer’s deliberately misleading advertising campaign trying to rally opposition against the Keystone XL pipeline, Steyer in his narration keeps referring to the pending northern extension of the already-existing Keystone pipeline as a “foreign-oil pipeline” — which, if it were actually true, does not adequately explain why Democratic U.S. senators like Heidi Heitkamp (not to mention Baucus, Begich, Bennet, Carper, Casey, Coons, Donnelly, Hagan, Johnson, Landrieu, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Pryor, Tester, and Warner) are ready to go to the mattresses with the leader of their party to finally get the thing built.

In reality, of course, the Keystone pipeline will transport American oil from North Dakota, Montana, and etcetera as well as Canadian oil to market — but the eco-radical crowd would rather we never really wrap our heads around that inconvenient truth.


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Yeah but in all fairness how long was Adolph in office? Hey, her colorful analogy! Not mine!

onomo on September 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Threaten to vote with the Republicans on something big (and mean it) like the CR, Heitkamp. Talk is cheap.

mwbri on September 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Der Fuhrer is becoming impatient with these Brown Shirts [e.g. Manchin, W Va.].

And if Heitkamp [ironic?] wants to talk some history, she should check out the methods of the Fascists – The Night of the Long Knives.

A purge is coming.

Der Fuhrer must have it.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

So when does this going to the mattresses start? They sound pretty weak about pushback at this point.

PattyJ on September 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Is she stupid? Obama and his administration were never going to approve Keystone!

Delsa on September 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Left on left agitation – popcorn needed

22044 on September 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I of course appreciate a Democrat fighting for Keystone, but, as I look at that picture I must say that I am unwilling to “go to the mattresses” with her.

M240H on September 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

…but the eco-radical crowd would rather we never really wrap our heads around that inconvenient truth.

The eco-radical crowd is nothing more than a wing of the progressive crowd who’s [directed] focus happens to be on energy. They believe the only good energy is that wholly owned and produced by the government. If the ‘absurd oil profits’ were going into government coffers, there would be no such thing as “anthropogenic global warming”.

BKeyser on September 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Obama “got himself painted into the corner” by environmentalists who oppose the pipeline, she said. “He’s having a very difficult time to find a real, factual, legal reason to deny the permit.”

He can’t find the “Present” checkbox.

BobMbx on September 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Sen. Heitkamp is naiive – all the money and the power is against her (and us).

Steve Eggleston on September 27, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Well…What do you expect from Ed Schultz’s twin sister ??

But you have to agree …if she wants the Keystone Pipeline, she ain’t totally worthless..

BigSven on September 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Heidi Heitkamp — the Ben Nighthorse Campbell of 2015.

Mr. D on September 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Man, she is fugly. Is there one lousy attractive ‘rat anywhere???

Lanceman on September 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Left on left agitation – popcorn needed

22044 on September 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Nobody senator from a red state. 0bama won’t even notice.

CurtZHP on September 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Oh the naiveté of a freshmen Senator… I guess she hasn’t gone through Dirty Harry’s initiation rite of passage yet. She’ll be brought back to the ranch pretty quickly and will shovel horse manure for a few months to learn her lesson.

iamsaved on September 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Lady, shouldnt you have considered that before running as a Democrat?

thebrokenrattle on September 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Oh the naiveté of a freshmen Senator… I guess she hasn’t gone through Dirty Harry’s initiation rite of passage yet. She’ll be brought back to the ranch pretty quickly and will shovel horse manure for a few months to learn her lesson.

iamsaved on September 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Isn’t Ted Cruz a freshman? What are you trying to say? :P

thebrokenrattle on September 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM

North Dakota elected a D who voted to confirm Obama’s nominees for Interior, EPA, and State. Enjoy D policies.

blammm on September 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Heitkamp … Buffett? Heitkamp ….Buffett? One senator who will always vote Democrat no matter the issue … the second richest Democrat in the country? Now who do you think Ogabe will choose?

catsandbooks on September 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Yeah but in all fairness how long was Adolph in office? Hey, her colorful analogy! Not mine!

onomo on September 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Well, let’s see. Wasn’t he elected by 43% of the voters in 1933? Wasn’t he in office 12 years?

oldleprechaun on September 27, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Oh please. Heitkamp’s a (D) which demands kneepad-n-chinslobber allegiance to President Downgrade. This is just a whisper in her ear that “hey, it’s ok to fake it for the guns and bible rubes so they think you’re standing up to Obama. It’ll make for some nice sound bytes next campaign period. Go ahead, put on a show. We could use a nice distraction anyhow.”

“The Keystone Pipeline decision has taken longer than it took us to defeat Hitler,” she said. “There’s just something wrong with this process.”

Obama “got himself painted into the corner” by environmentalists who oppose the pipeline, she said. “He’s having a very difficult time to find a real, factual, legal reason to deny the permit.”

Yeah, welcome to the party pal. We’ve been there from the beginning.

smfic on September 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

She is just trying to distract from the fact she voted to keep a crappy law in place that North Dakotan’s don’t want. She tried to pull the same crap with gun control legislation right after she came out in favor of gay marriage. Now I don’t care about gay marriage but a lot of her constituents do and she is trying to fleece them.

roryn00 on September 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Well…What do you expect from Ed Schultz’s twin sister ??

Yeah, but when “she” sexts people, it’s under the alias,

Butch Trucker

ToddPA on September 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Man, she is fugly. Is there one lousy attractive ‘rat anywhere???

Lanceman on September 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Kirsten Powers.

Otherwise, the answer is no.

Bitter Clinger on September 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

“He’s having a very difficult time to find a real, factual, legal reason to deny the permit.”

No he’s not!

Pipeline? Campaign contributions? Pipeline? Campaign contributions? Pipeline? Campaign contributions?

Now guess what Jug Ears will decide?

Hint: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

GarandFan on September 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Oh the naiveté of a freshmen Senator… I guess she hasn’t gone through Dirty Harry’s initiation rite of passage yet. She’ll be brought back to the ranch plantation pretty quickly and will shovel horse manure for a few months to learn her lesson.

iamsaved on September 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Gratis.

CurtZHP on September 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Irony: One of the biggest reasons we defeated Hitler was because his Panzers, Messerschmitts, and U-Boats ran almost entirely out of fuel… due to the Germany’s inability to capture oil-producing territories.

VastRightWingConspirator on September 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Is there one lousy attractive ‘rat anywhere???

Lanceman on September 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

She looks a bit like a Kennedy. Any waitresses in North Dakota report being made into a Kennedy-Dodd sandwich?

Fallon on September 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

This is all kabuki. She knows her Lord and Master will never OK the pipeline, so she is acting all mad!! and everything. I’m sure she has the OK of the White House to do it.

PattyJ on September 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Yeah but in all fairness how long was Adolph in office? Hey, her colorful analogy! Not mine!
onomo on September 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

And how was he removed from office?

Another Drew on September 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

…is this another job American’s won’t do, and we’ll have to ask the Russians for help (again)?

Another Drew on September 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Good grief the ignorance displayed fully here.

A. Buffett is getting much of the trade of rail transport of Canadian crude, it is far to costly to ship much that route.

B. There is more than enough Bakken crude thus it require BOTH the 100,000 BPD to be shipped via Keystone XL AND that shipped via rail to satisfy the need for transport (along with other pipelines).

C. Keystone (590,000 BPD) is already built and has been operating for a few years now. Keystone XL (800,000 BPD) had not yet been completed with the main leg across the border not yet allowed to start.

D. How can anyone possibly think that the crude source scheduled to be replaced (Venezuela) by Keystone XL is less than or equal to any environmental damage than what Canada would allow?

Kermit on September 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Did she just say Obamao is Hitler? I thought that comment was reserved for Booooosh.

Kissmygrits on September 27, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Environmental wackos are just flat against fossil fuels with the fervor of a country preacher railing against sin. They are joined by the socialists, who will accept any nonsense as an excuse for greater control over private economic choices and decisions.

A century from now, no one will understand why a US President would kow-tow to such radical nuts over complete nonsense. Of course, much of Democratic Party ideology will be puzzling to future scholars.

Adjoran on September 27, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Senators like Heitkampf are an excellent argument for repealing the 17th Amendment. The N. Dakota legislature would never send a pro-Obama leftist to represent the state in D.C.

Travis Bickle on September 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM

why Democratic U.S. senators like Heidi Heitkamp (not to mention Baucus, Begich, Bennet, Carper, Casey, Coons, Donnelly, Hagan, Johnson, Landrieu, Manchin, McCaskill, Nelson, Pryor, Tester, and Warner) are ready to go to the mattresses with the leader of their party to finally get the thing built.

This list makes 17 Democrat Senators willing to vote FOR a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Add that to 45 Republicans, and that makes 62 Senators for authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline–enough to overcome a filibuster. Since such a bill has already passed the House, the real obstacle is Harry Reid, who refuses to let the Senate consider it.

Steve Z on September 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Kirsten Powers.

Otherwise, the answer is no.

Bitter Clinger on September 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

And as I’ve ssaid many, many times, “Kirsten Powers cannot possibly believe the stuff she says. I think she’s just going through the motions. She’s way too attractive to be a for real ‘rat”.

Lanceman on September 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Environmental wackos are just flat against fossil fuels energy and civilization with the fervor of a country preacher railing against sin.

Fixed. They want you to freeze in the dark to “save Holy Mother Gaia”. If you die, they figure they’ve won, because they think there are too damned many people on earth as it is.

They are joined by the socialists, who will accept any nonsense as an excuse for greater control over private economic choices and decisions.

Plus, the socialists figure they’ll have castles and servants, while the subsistence farmers rising their brown rice live in mud huts.

A century from now, no one will understand why a US President would kow-tow to such radical nuts over complete nonsense. Of course, much of Democratic Party ideology will be puzzling to future scholars.

Adjoran on September 27, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I doubt there will be any “scholars” in a century. Except perhaps in the sense of the church authorities who insisted that Kepler and Copernicus be put on the Index of Forbidden Books.

Their minds will be made up. They will adore Gaia. Facts will not be relevant, welcomed, or permitted.

If you think this can’t happen, read anything out of the Sierra Club sometime. They’re panting for it.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 27, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Pipler?!

The Nerve on September 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

But Obama is more devious than Herr Hitler.

AshleyTKing on September 27, 2013 at 9:58 PM

clear ether

eon

eon on September 27, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I usually find your comments quite enlightening, but I am puzzled by this “clear ether” business. Seriously. What gives?

thejackal on September 28, 2013 at 5:03 AM

As long as Obama’s BFF Buffet owns Bnsf the pipeline will not be approved.

jpmn on September 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Yeah but in all fairness how long was Adolph in office? Hey, her colorful analogy! Not mine!

onomo on September 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Well, let’s see. Wasn’t he elected by 43% of the voters in 1933? Wasn’t he in office 12 years?

oldleprechaun on September 27, 2013 at 2:09 PM

No.
It was Field Marshall von Hindenburg who was elected in 1933. Adolph offered up his party to support Hindenburg’s and then road the aging coattails of a bonafide war hero.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Got news for ya Senator, this bunch of clowns in charge now NEVER would have defeated Hitler.

PJ Emeritus on September 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM

As an ND resident I can assure you that Heitkamp’s complaints about the pipeline are about as sincere as Lindsey Grahamnesty’s staunch opposition to Obamacare.

Cylor on September 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM