But more than that, we exposed - and thwarted - the dastardly scheme mounted by his Washington buddies to tax and regulate us into oblivion by declaring CO2 to be
That plot? It now resides on the ash heap of history.
Where it is joined by the careers of more than a few politicians - like Rick Boucher - who put ideology ahead of concern for constituent well-being. The rapturous news:
Day of reckoning for climate voteIt's not quite that cut and dry, but the point is well-taken. Washington politicians - mostly all Democrats - got caught up in the hype and the hoopla surrounding the theory of "global warming" and dreamt up the only response they could, being Democrats: A crushing regimen of taxes and regulations that no one - NO ONE - believed would make one iota's difference in global temperatures. Theirs was to tax and regulate for the sake of taxation and regulation period. The average American who is struggling to pay his heating bill these days be damned.
By: Darren Samuelsohn and Robin Bravender, Politico
House Democrats who voted for the 2009 bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions – dubbed cap-and-tax by GOP opponents – had a terrible night.
Over two dozen lawmakers who favored efforts to clamp down on heat-trapping emissions were swept away on Tuesday's anti-incumbent wave, ushering in a new class of Republicans who doubt global warming science and want to upend President Barack Obama's environmental and energy policies.
Democrats who voted for the controversial House climate bill were slaughtered at the ballot box, including Rep. Rick Boucher, the 14-term Virginian who helped broker some of the key deals instrumental to its June 2009 passage. In the Senate, several reliable green advocates also went down to opponents who derided tough new environmental policies.
Come January, Obama will be working with a Congress that will have little appetite for the types of sweeping energy reform he sought over the last two years. With the House in Republican hands, some of the climate issue's most vocal advocates have been dislodged from their powerful perches, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman.
There's no hiding the House Democrats' bloodbath, with more than two dozen members who voted for the Pelosi-led climate bill losing their seats, and more likely to fall as the final tallies come in. The outcome sends a strong signal to moderate lawmakers as they consider any risky votes in future Congress' on energy and environmental issues.
"It's going to be cap and tax forever more, and I don't think any of these guys are ever going to touch it again," said Linda Stuntz, an industry attorney who held a top Energy Department spot during the George W. Bush administration. "I think anyone who thinks there's vitality left is kidding themselves."
Boucher's defeat is perhaps the most stinging given the central role he played in brokering key pieces of the legislation to make it more friendly to his home state's coal industry. Over the last 18 months, Boucher has defended his work on the climate bill, saying it's much better than the alternative of Environmental Protection Agency emission control regulations.
But his Republican opponent, state House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, still found political leverage and ultimately won, 51 percent to 47 percent.
"I don't think there's any question about it, cap and trade was the issue in the campaign," Andy Wright, a former Boucher chief of staff, told POLITICO. "If Rick had voted no, he wouldn't have had a serious contest." [link]
And now they're gone. Most all of them.
Good riddance. May their kind never darken our doorway again.
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Here's the disturbing truth with regard to Rick Boucher's loss: It didn't have to be. The election was his for the taking all along.
Even with his vote in favor of cap-and-trade, he could have weaseled his way into reelection by pulling a Joe Manchin, by going on TV and oozing contrition, by admitting the grievous error of his ways, and by grabbing a gun and shooting high-caliber holes in his cap-and-trade bill. Literally.
Instead Mr. Boucher stubbornly argued throughout the campaign season that his work on behalf of that coal-killing bill was righteous and that he had done the right thing in voting for it. This despite the fact that everyone on the planet knew by then that it was a gross miscarriage of the mandate we give our elected representatives in Washington. Everyone.
The more he defended his actions, the more his poll numbers declined ... and declined ... and declined ...
Until, ultimately, he was sent packing, resoundingly, by the voters of Southwest Virginia.
If only he had had someone at his side giving him sound, real-world political advice.
Manchin, in case you're not aware of it, after being seriously behind in the polls over in West Virginia, rocketed into the lead when he made his startling strategic course adjustment and began to run to the right of every Republican in the land, resulting ultimately in ...
... his defeating his conservative Republican opponent by nine points.
A lesson to be learned.
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One last point. Rick Boucher claimed in his defense that he had done the deed at the behest of utility company executives who wanted him to mitigate the potential damage that the EPA might wreak upon their industry.
Power company executives.
The same power company executives who are viewed by everyone around here as being the Great Satan.
Boucher was doing their bidding.
Why he ever used them in his defense I'll never know. Maybe the Taliban weren't available.