Peter Sinclair does it again – I’m addicted to his blog. “…63% of the GOP’s rank-and-file support[ing]…
…aid to states to protect teachers’ and first responders’ jobs…
[whilst] …zero Republicans on Capitol Hill are willing to even allow a vote on a popular jobs idea… [that their own] …voters strongly support.”

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

The Plum Line  – Washington Post:

Republicans are already blasting Obama for failing to stand up to his base — environmentalists had organized aggressively against the decision, and deserve tremendous credit for helping to make this outcome happen. Whether or not a fear of the base drove this decision, Obama did stand up to his Republican opponents.

When Congressional GOP leaders initially tied the Keystone approval decision to the debate over whether to extend the payroll tax cut, Republicans — and some neutral commentators, too — confidently predicted that Obama would not be able to oppose the pipeline, because he would be nixing jobs heading into an election year. It didn’t matter that an independent study cast doubt on how many jobs the probject would create; this was seen as a sure loser for the president.

But even some proponents of the project say that by attempting to box Obama…

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