Maybe if Ma’am Barbara Boxer had crafted less ambitious legislation to regulate greenhouse gases via her cap ‘n trade bill, she might have made more headway in securing its passage. Maybe if she were more adept at reaching across the political aisle, she could have rounded up some Republican support for her signature project this session, the Boxer-Kerry economy-wide cap ‘n trade legislation.
But, like most Barbara Boxer bills, this one is going nowhere fast. Now completing her seventeenth year in the U.S. Senate, Ma’am has seen just three of her bills become law.
Bruised by the health care debate and worried about what 2010 will bring, moderate Senate Democrats are urging the White House to give up now on any effort to pass a cap-and-trade bill next year.
And while these supposed “moderates”* urging the White House to drop Boxer-Kerry, “some in the Democratic leadership appear to be listening.”
Asked about cap and trade last week, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said: “At this point I’d like to see a complete bill, but we have to be realistic.”
Um, Dick, I thought your California colleague introduced a complete bill. But, then, again, maybe the Number Two Senate Democrat doesn’t take very seriously the work of the junior Senator from California.
Guess we should all be grateful that Barbara Boxer has been so ineffective in the Senate. Had she been able to accomplish more, we would have seen even greater regulation these past 17 years, ever higher taxes with less freedom and fewer jobs (the necessary concomitants to the regulatory schemes the three-term Democrat loves).
*While Politico calls them moderates, I can’t really use that descriptor for any Senator who voted for the regulatory scheme they passed before adjourning on Christmas Eve.