(D) Blocks Obama
How weak can she make him look?
Backstabbing Sen. Mary Landrieu
(D-La.) said Thursday she would block Jack Lew's nomination for
White House budget director until Obama lifts his drilling moratorium
in the Gulf of Mexico.
In a letter to Dishrag Harry Reid, Landrieu wrote that while she
believes Lew is qualified to serve,
he lacks "sufficient concern for the host of economic challenges
confronting the Gulf Coast."
Landrieu has been an outspoken opponent of the drilling moratorium,
which she says has a negative
impact on the economy of her home state.
"Due to Obama's unwillingness to reverse or modify his policy that has
halted all deep-water and nearly
all shallow-water energy exploration, I cannot in good conscience allow
this nomination to proceed until I
receive a commitment from Mr. Lew, the president or another senior
economic advisor to reverse these
policies, which have been so detrimental to working families across the
Gulf Coast," Landrieu wrote.
Obama put a six-month hold on deep-water drilling in May, weeks after
the Deepwater Horizon oil rig
sent crude pouring into the Gulf for months. The moratorium is set to
expire Nov. 30.
Kenneth Baer, nameless toadie for the White House budget office, said
it was critical that Lew
be confirmed quickly since Peter Orszag stepped down in July.
"Jack Lew has received overwhelming, bipartisan support from senators
across the spectrum,"
Baer wrote in an e-mailed statement. "Especially during this critical
time in our economy,
the Senate should move quickly to vote on his confirmation before it
recesses at the end of the month."
Under congressional rules, a lone senator can block a nominee from
advancing to the Senate floor
This is the last thing Obama needs
an addition to his resume that says, "Got his ass kicked
by a girl."
But, I'm sure Obama will be in Louisiana next month
stumping for Mary Landrieu after she's
kicked his teeth in.
Why can't our president learn?
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