Posted: 08/28/08 01:21
by Dave Mindeman
And now we have, yet another, political calculation by our senior Senator from Minnesota. Norm joins the Senatorial energy gang - that gang of 10 which is now a gang of 16.
Norm is always looking for those bipartisan bona fides, but, also, as usual he is late to the party. The gang of 10 took the political compromise risk and after it all has been vetted and tested and properly screened, then I guess it is safe for Norm to jump on board.
But will Norm follow through? You can never be sure. Maybe the conservatives will hit back and suddenly Norm will find a problem, something he can't support. Norm will do another disappearing act and excuse it all with Norm speak.
This energy compromise has some things the oil companies don't like. Will Norm hang in there? Or will he hide behind another Republican filibuster and never really have to make the real vote.
Norm's political calculator is working overtime for 2008. We'll have to wait and see if it all really adds up.