13 March 2009

Comment on Conservative Democrats' objections to Climate Change legislation/Obama role

I wrote this comment to TPM, after seeing reporting that 8 Conservative Democrats in the Senate have signed a letter objecting to using the budget process to circumvent filibuster on climate change legislation:

OK, I get it that there are limits to the power of a president to impose his will on Legislators, especially if the latter are Democrats. (Bush never seemed to have too much trouble in this department, outside of his attempts to repeal Social Security). But I think Obama needs to lean heavily on conservative Democrats in the Senate on climate change. He needs to meet with the Gang of 8 personally, and emphasize to them how critical for our nation's future it is for us to get serious about climate factor management NOW. And how whatever legislative strategy that can be made to WORK needs to be the one pursued.

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