The Foster’s Daily Democrat minces no words:
Sen. Shaheen has been tagged by Republicans with the dubious honor of siding with the Obama Administration 98 percent of the time. Even if we grant this is an oversimplification of her voting record, Sen. Shaheen is unquestionably one of the president’s faithful. That being the case, she will have to answer for her de facto boss’ actions (or inactions) during this off-year election cycle.
Those actions include running away from Keystone for political gain.
Bolding mine. Despite the name, the paper is generally considered to be Republican-leaning, or possibly just Republican; it’s certainly not been shy about criticizing the current administration*. So this is not DOOM by any means for Jeanne Shaheen. But what it is is an indication that the only reason why Barack Obama’s going to get away with a delaying action on Keystone at this point is because he’s not actually running for re-election. Those members of his party who do have to run in November do not have that luxury. They will get pressed on the subject.
I know that some of my readers don’t believe that, but this is a case where Democrats will get flak from both sides. The Greenies are getting just as annoyed as we are at the lack of action on Keystone, and while they of course are too timid to attack Barack Obama for lying to them all these years Jeanne Shaheen is somebody that the Greens feel that they can criticize safely. And while I obviously disagree with the Greenies about Keystone, they do have a point: the Democrats need to decide which side they’re on.
Before the election.
— Ryan Williams (@RyanGOP) April 22, 2014
*We tend to forget that the local and regional papers are often a good deal more independent-minded – or just more willing to admit mistakes – than are their bigger cousins. And, these days, probably reporting the news more accurately. If you have a problem with the national media – and who doesn’t, these days? – you could do worse than to increase your patronage of more local papers.
No, I’m not getting paid for that plug. More’s the pity.