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March 24, 2013

Column: Failings and follies from Washington and beyond

For anybody tracking political machinations and societal ironies, it’s been a target-rich environment this week – too many to pick just one. There is not enough space to mention them all, but here are a few of the highlights.

If you can have it both ways, why not go for it? That seems to be the goal of President Obama regarding the Keystone XL pipeline, proposed to carry oil from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas.

According to multiple reports, the Obama administration is planning to add global warming/climate change to the list of things all federal agencies should consider under the National Environmental Policy Act before approving any major projects.

As National Review’s Stanley Kurtz observes, that means the administration could, “green-light the pipeline, file a report that stops short of calling Keystone a major global-warming hazard, and still find the project delayed for years by environmental groups bringing court challenges under the new NEPA guidelines.”

In short, he can approve it, officially, but also make sure it gets stalled into oblivion.

What was that about Mitt Romney not having any core principles?

What’s with Hillary Clinton? She’s just a former U.S. senator and secretary of state. While she remains the wife of a former president, she is neither an appointed nor elected public official.

So, why would she think it necessary to announce her support for same-sex marriage this past week in a video released by the Human Rights Campaign? Who really cares what she thinks? You don’t suppose Clinton might be joining all politically correct, right-thinking people in preparation for running for anything, do you?

Crazy Uncle Harry is at it again. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, famous for delusional claims like the one about 18 months ago, that the private sector was “doing fine” when official unemployment was close to 9 percent and the real rate was well above that, launched another one last week.

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