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November 18, 2014

Keystone: Boehner to BO

Responding to Barack Obama’s continued obfuscation of the Keystone XL pipeline, House Speaker John Boehner chastised the president by likening a rejection of the project to another knock on “stupid” Americans, as ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber slanderously put it. “Let’s be clear about this – a Keystone pipeline veto would send the signal that this president has no interest in listening to the American people,” said Boehner, adding, “[A veto] would be equivalent of calling the American people stupid.” Indeed. According to a recent Pew Research Center, a majority 59% of Americans favor construction of the pipeline, compared to just 31% opposed. However, while support has hovered above 80% with Republicans, approval among those with other political affiliations is sliding. In March of 2013, the same poll found that 70% of Independents approved along with 54% of Democrats. Today, that number is now 58% and 43%, respectively. Barack Obama is the master of demagoguery, therefore his delay is a strategic maneuver to conjure up enough rhetoric that Keystone’s strong support all but evaporates. It’s not that Americans are stupid, per se – ObamaCare was never popular – but this poll is evidence that they are gullible. This is all the more reason for the GOP to deliver a strong, coherent message.

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