Forty-four Republican senators are among the pipeline's supporters (no surprise), but so are nine Democrats, including Max Baucus, a party leader who also faces re-election in just two years in Republican-leaning Montana.
Apparently Baucus and the other eight Democrat supporters have this funny idea that their voters prioritize affordable North America-based oil and gas production and associated job creation over assuaging the hysterics of climate-change proponents. That makes pipeline support, in the words of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., a “no-brainer.”
Manchin is right. The Keystone pipeline decision offers Obama the chance to show if he's serious about economic growth, or just seriously partisan. Given the tenor of the president's inaugural speech, we're afraid we know which path he'll choose.