So all of a sudden, the great and mighty Harry Reid cowers after a devastating mid-term election, still being Senate Majority Leader, and cuts loose with a vote on the Keystone Pipeline. Why? Hasn’t done it for 5 years and said it wouldn’t come up for a vote……until now. Oh, right, Landrieu got it pushed in the Senate because she is so well liked and influential. Ok, but it needs 60 votes to go before the president, Mary; not 59. Of those 59, all 45 Republicans and 14 Democrat Senators pushed for it. Neither of the Independent Democrats voted pro, as usual. So we didn’t get to see if Obama would veto it and Mary doesn’t have the influence she portends. I saw it as a waste of time until the new congress comes in but it is worthy to note what will ensue.
Landrieu ain’t going to make it in the run-off election, and if this WAS NOT the reason for pushing forward this vote, it will be interesting how the next vote will transpire. You see, the GOP will go from 45 votes to 53 votes in the new congress. If those same 14 Democrats vote on the new passage (and why wouldn’t they since they just demonstrated that this issue needs to move forward and quickly), then Congress will have the 60 votes necessary to move it to Obama’s desk for passage or veto. Now here is where the rubber meets the road. Was this current vote a ruse to dupe American citizens of the Senates’ intent to actually save a Democrat seat rather than cheaper oil and good jobs for Americans? If not, Obama will be facing a 67 pro vote veto. That would be called a two-thirds majority and an override. Would he be so brash, arrogant and stupid to actually veto the bill? Oh, brother. I relish the new year. So many great and revealing circumstances coming to bare.