Success or failure for Obama Presidency hangs in the balance
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) abandoned his effort to push a climate and energy bill Saturday, saying he would continue only if Democratic leaders promise to relinquish plans to bring up immigration legislation first.
Graham’s departure likely dooms any chance of passing a climate bill this year. He is the sole Republican working with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) on a compromise proposal that they had planned to unveil Monday.
This WashPost story is a huge deal. If the White House loses Graham that would certainly kill any chances of a climate bill this year.
And Obama cannot possibly be a successful president from a historical perspective if he doesn’t have a domestic climate bill, since that would essentially doom the chance for an international climate deal. Who really is going to care about accomplishments in banking regulations and immigration when they are suffering through Hell and High Water? At least tens of millions of more Americans will have health care — because they are certainly going to need it (see “Global Warming Is A Medical Emergency”: Hellish heatwaves to harm health of millions).
George Kennan wrote of U.S. behavior in WWI:
History does not forgive us our national mistakes because they are explicable in terms of our domestic politics.”¦ A nation which excuses its own failures by the sacred untouchableness of its own habits can excuse itself into complete disaster.
That would go double or triple for catastrophic climate change.
And yes, I’m now putting this on the White House – Tom Friedman labels the WH move a “travesty” [and just said on Face the Nation, "Right now in Beijing they are high fiving each other because it means America" can't move on clean energy for another few years and they can move ahead.]
From the campaign through Copenhagen until now, comprehensive climate and clean energy jobs legislation was always said to be one of the president’s top three priorities, along with the economy and health care.