OMG. The range of choice when it comes to Republican presidential potential in 2016 is daunting. Now we know why Scott Walker is so protective of his image when it comes to racism. He's a contenda!
We also catch a glimpse of Chris Christie's confidence a day or two after his own defense team exonerated him in the matter of the bridge closure.
And then there's the reliable Paul Ryan. He may be lousy at budgetary math, but his naked, proud corporatism is solid when we're talking about energy.
Let's leave Jeb Bush out for the moment. What we're dealing with here is not (gulp!) Bush family political moderation and freedom (yeah right!) freedom from ties to big oil. We're talking solid Koch heads. Just a couple of days of angry New Jersey commuters idling while waiting to cross over into Manhattan means New Jersey's Governor Christie was responsible for more oil consumption in one day than the entire state of Maine.
Oil consumption is a key plank in the platform of at least one Republican candidate. Check out the report at The Hill.
If last year's budget is any indication, it's safe to say Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) coming budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 will include a number of energy provisions.
It also helps that Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), vice chairman of the Budget Committee, told The Hill to expect energy goodies in the proposal.
Here's what E2-Wire thinks you may want to keep an eye out for ... TheHill
What follows is this: Enthusiasm for Keystone X; expansion of off-shore drilling; and a reversal of Obama's climate regulations. It ends with easing off the renewable fuel standard. Back to smog, drilling, and happy happy big oil. Be sure to carry your bronchial inhaler with you at all times; scoop up a few shares of Exxon Mobil.
I don't know about you, but I'm dumping my squeamish little Honda and buying a pleasure palace of a giant SUV. That way my dog and I can play ball on rainy days in the huge expanse of our Tahoe.
The dog has a serious failing that Christie doesn't have. Duffy sheds. Christie says he does not.
Suddenly energized by his self-proclaimed innocence, Chris Christie was back to his old tricks at a press conference today. "Why don't you just get to the question and cut the commentary back a little?" the governor said at one point, firing up the long-dormant insult machine. The questions, which he'd avoided since early January, were once again "ridiculous."
"What you get with me is what you get," said Christie to reporters who hadn't seen much of him since Bridgegate. "I cannot shed who I am." ...DailyIntel