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Landrieu’s So-Called Clout On Keystone

Ben White, writing for CNBC, writes what we were all thinking: “Landrieu’s key selling point—I can deliver for Louisiana!—is now fundamentally undermined” by the President’s Keystone delay.

Since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tapped Mary Landrieu to be the Chairwoman on Energy and Nature Resources, the Senator has claimed that her so-called clout will help her constituents in Louisiana.  But the President just reminded folks that she carries no sway with either the President or his Administration.

As Politico’s Ben White writes: 

“The delay, however, was not at all good news for vulnerable red state Democrats, including Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and others. … now Landrieu, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has demonstrated a total inability to actually influence the administration on a key decision that would impact the economy in her state.  Landrieu on Friday blasted the administration’s decision as “irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable.” And some make the case that Keystone gives her an opportunity to create distance between herself and an unpopular president.  That may be true but is likely swamped by the fact that Landrieu’s key selling point—I can deliver for Louisiana!—is now fundamentally undermined. (Ben White, Why Obama’s Keystone Opposition Reeks Of Politics, CNBC, 04/21/14)

Below is a statement from the RNC:

“President Barack Obama’s decision to punt on the Keystone XL pipeline proves that Senate Energy Chairwoman Mary Landrieu can’t get the job done for Louisiana.  Vulnerable red-state Democrats like Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor and others will soon pay a political price for Barack Obama’s continued inaction on the Keystone pipeline.”  Jahan Wilcox, RNC Spokesman   

Click here to view Ben White’s piece, “Why Obama’s Keystone Opposition Reeks of Politics” on