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Terri Lynn Land's genius "I'm rubber and you're glue" campaign strategy

by: Eric B.

Thu May 08, 2014 at 13:49:54 PM EDT

Here's how the Senate campaign is shaking out. Democratic allies of Gary Peters says that Terri Lynn Land will help the GOP prosecute its War on Women

You're a war on women." Democratic allies of Gary Peters say that Terri Lynn Land will do the bidding of weathy billionaires, the Koch brothers. Terry Lynn Land responds, today, by saying, "You're wealthy billionaires."

Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land is unveiling two new Internet ads that criticize her rival for opposing the Keystone XL pipeline and tying him to a billionaire.

Land is trying to make the opposition of Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, to the controversial pipeline that would carry oil from the Canadian tar sands to U.S. refineries, a campaign issue. Her ads cite media reports that Peters attended a Feb. 19 event with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and former Vice President Al Gore at the San Francisco home of Tom Steyer, a billionaire hedge fund manager who has vowed to spend tens of millions in favor of candidates who oppose the pipeline.

It's three-quarters dog whistle politics in a year where turnout by the base is key to winning rather than appealing to independents, and one-quarter mostly wishful thinking. Steyer has for the last couple of years vowed to get more involved in campaigns because of climate change. Unlike Terri Lynn Land, who has had millions of ad dollars spent on her behalf by Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers group, there's no evidence that Gary Peters opposition to Keystone is based on Tom Steyer calling him up and saying, "Oppose Keystone and the money shall flow." It could just be that Gary Peters thinks that building Keystone would be a terrible idea, which it is.

Not that making an accurate point is the goal here. Keystone is part of the rightwing lexicon now, a term that by its mere mention is supposed to define backwards, anti-American thinking. By November, since Tom Steyer is making good on his vow to start electing people who take climate change seriously, he'll join George Soros on that list. Simply mentioning the name Tom Steyer will have special meaning to wingnuts, known only to and understood fully only by like-minded folk. To everyone else, he'll just be a highly obscure billionaire (if people know who he is in the first place), and when wingnuts mention his name and wink knowingly each other, everyone else in the room will be left wondering what the hell they're on about.

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Unfortunately, there are Democrats who back the pipeline
Last fall, a group of elected officials and business and labor leaders called on President Obama to approve the pipeline. The group included House Minority Leader Tim Greimel.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

Wow, that is news to me.
I hadn't seen that.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Yeah, this is most unfortunate
The building trades people, especially, tend to look at something like this with dollar signs in their eyes. The work is temporary and never as much as advertised, but if your choices are poisoning the landscape and eating or losing the house and having a clean conscious, people tend to think with their stomachs.

Among the Trees

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Who's Land's campaign manager, Pee Wee Herman?
Too bad Peters isn't Francis.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

On a more serious note about Keystone XL
Here's what I had to say about it in What The Archdruid ignored in 'Mentats wanted' on my own blog.
Finally, I brought up a topic I first mentioned in November 2011, the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Greer: It may also occur to you-indeed, it may have done so already-that the handwaving about countering Russia is merely an excuse for building the infrastructure needed to export American natural gas to higher-paying global markets, which will send domestic gas prices soaring to stratospheric levels in the years ahead..."

Me: That thought has occurred to me about an analogous project--the Keystone XL pipeline, which will deliver relatively cheap diluted bitumen from Canada to the world market, allowing it to be sold for a higher price, raising the cost of petroleum distillates in the U.S.  That will end the trend of slightly lower prices for oil and gasoline year-over-year that the U.S. has experienced this year and last.

The segment of the Keystone XL pipeline that crosses into the U.S. from Canada has not been approved yet, but neither has it been denied.  Until it is, I stand by my prediction from last December.
Based on prices following a downward-sloping channel for the past three years, I project that the national average won't go above $3.80 or below $3.10 this year.
After that happens, I'm not so sure.

As for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, I'm not bothering.

I've decided that protesting the concept of the Keystone XL pipeline is futile to the point of being less than useless, as the Canadians would just sell the oil to the Chinese, something the video points out. Therefore, opposing the pipeline as a way of slowing down the exploitation of one of the most carbon dioxide emitting ways of getting oil out of the ground is a waste of time. It's going to be extracted one way or another and opposing the pipeline means that China will benefit from it instead of the U.S. Meanwhile, the global commons will still suffer.
I wrote that before the Canadian decision to abandon Kyoto, which means I shouldn't have been surprised with the decision. What Canada did was perfectly consistent with what I wrote back in November. They're bound and determined to extract the oil out of the Alberta tar sands and to Hell with the rest of the planet.
It's a dumb idea that's going to hurt Americans, and it's still likely to happen.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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