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  •  I think she goes too far (1+ / 0-)
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    The administration's policies are simply wrong when it comes to oil and gas production in this nation," she says in one clip. In another, she says there are 300,000 oil and gas workers in Louisiana, and "you can't just beat up on them." Landrieu chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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    by Paleo on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 07:44:09 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, I had a similar reaction (3+ / 0-)
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      I mean, if this is what Landrieu has to do, fine. Especially if she thinks it will work.

      But it strikes me that not only is the oil and gas industry big in LA, so are fishing and tourism. So when there is a oil spill, those two industries, and the people whose livelihoods depend on them, are also negatively affected. Not to mention the environmental effects.

      So maybe being careful with oil and gas exploration isnt really the worst thing in the world. Maybe a temporary moratorium is prudent to make sure there arent any other massive oil spills, which, of course, even hurt the oil and gas industry.

      But anyway, this seems like a discussion for the policy thread.

    •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      There's more energy production going on under Obama than under Big Oil's handmaidens Bush and Cheney, and yet Obama's policies are "wrong"?  Other than Keystone--a rather small part of overall energy production--and the offshore drilling moratorium after the BP spill, Obama's been quite friendly to energy producers.  Claiming otherwise is simply buying into GOP talking points, not reality.

      However, sometime you've gotta do what is necessary to elect a Democrat given varying local conditions, particularly in red states, so I don't blame Landrieu for this strategy.  Same for Begich; both their ads are good given local political realities.

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      by Mike in MD on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 08:53:02 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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        As much as we'd like people to know the facts something like this will resonate more. I am glad that people here are generally willing to let Landrieu and Begich do what they need to to differentiate from DC Dems, as we certainly don't want the alternatives from the R's.

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        by aamail6 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 10:36:48 AM PDT

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      •  It is interesting, though (0+ / 0-)

        As a progressive (and not as a target of either ad), the Begich spot made me grit my teeth far less than Landrieu's. But that's neither here nor there.

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        by David Nir on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:38:49 PM PDT

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    •  OTOH (2+ / 0-)
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      here numbers improved in 2010 after she put Obama's budget director nom on hold until drilling permits were issued again.

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      by KingofSpades on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:24:06 AM PDT

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    •  I'm used to it by now (6+ / 0-)

      Louisiana Dems are in the tank for Big Oil.
      West Virginia Dems are beholden to coal.
      Hawaii Dems are addicted to military pork.
      Delaware Dems are cozy with the banking industry.

      It goes on.

    •  Sorry meant for her reelection (0+ / 0-)

      Yes,  I don't like the message on a personal level, but I think she is strking exactly the tone she needs to to win in a state like Louisiana and not doing so in a way that will be that offputting to most members of the democratic base. I still like her odds better than Pryor personally.

      OH-1 (born and raised ), MN-2 (college), CA-53 (grad school), IA-2 (postdoc), MI-15 (assistant professor)

      by aamail6 on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 10:34:56 AM PDT

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