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McConnell's Cunning Keystone Game

By Juan Williams, The Hill - January 19, 2015

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) strategy for defeating Democrats in the final two years of the Obama administration is clear: divide and conquer.

Last week, the Senate majority leader got 10 Democrats to vote with the GOP for a motion to continue debate on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry Canadian oil through the United States to the Gulf of Mexico for shipment overseas.

 

President Obama intends to veto the bill. And most Republicans admit they don’t have the 67 votes necessary to override a presidential veto. Reaching that goal would require not just Republican unanimity on the issue (which McConnell has), but also the support of 13 Democrats (which he doesn’t).

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