Wedge Issues Impact The Election Season

Keystone XL is a 1,700 mile pipeline designed to bring Canadian oil to the US, working hard to make the US less dependent on foreign oil from unfriendly nations, and creating many US jobs.

Keystone XL is dividing the Democratic Party like nothing else, pitting the environmental wing against the labor wing.

But environmentalists are aghast at the thought of continuing reliance on fossil fuels.

Harry Reid has come out opposed to the pipeline, joining powerful environmental forces opposing  the pipeline, and there is a huge fight going on within the administration. Labor unions know that thousand of new union jobs are at stake and their pressure is intensifying.

The administration likes to keep its internecine fights private, but this one, along with the  Boeing plant fight between union labor and job development through the National Labor Relations Board, bubble to the top anyway.

Crunch time comes when decisions are made. The Keystone decision is in the hands of HIllary Clintons’ State Department, and the Boeing decision is in the hands of the NLRB, but in the end the buck stops with the President and he will put his thumb on the scale.

These are wedge issue decisions, both of which the Republicans are simply waiting to jump on when the decision is made. Predicting outcomes is never easy – what is easy is that political decisions will dictate the outcome because this White House is NOTHING if not political.

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