Oilslick Willie to the rescue
Do not think for a moment that former U.S. president Bill Clinton has forgotten the messy campaign four years ago that put Barack Obama in the White House and left his wife with a supporting role.
It would seem the most popular Democrat in the United States believes not only that revenge is best served cold, but that it is also best served subtly yet pointedly.
In using a speech earlier this week at an energy conference near Washington to state the Keystone XL pipeline could be quickly resurrected with a minor route change, Clinton left Obama looking like Mr. Lonely, his only friends being a bunch of well-heeled Hollywood eco-loons who are using him like a cheap extra.
He was making him look even more isolated.
When the speaker causing him grief is not only a former two-term Democratic president but also the husband of the most powerful person in the Obama administration, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, there is no such thing as unintended consequences.
Every word of his speech would have been plotted.
So when Clinton laid out a plan this week on how he could see Obama changing his mind and approving the controversial pipeline linking the oilsands to the refineries in Texas, it pushed Obama into a very uncomfortable corner.
All TransCanada had to do in its original application was to submit a plan that would take the pipeline around the delicate Sandhills aquifer in Nebraska, said Clinton, and the deal would have been done like dinner. Even Obama would have to agree, Clinton speculated.
At this point, Obama was no doubt squirming. He was being set up.
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