Anyone who can see knows Ed stood with big unions supporting the pipeline, then he bailed and now is its biggest critic. In fact, he turns it into a litmus test for the left. Hypo-101.
Ed Schultz, Who Flipped on Keystone, Slams Dems for Being ‘Bought’
By Scott Whitlock | January 29, 2015 | News Busters
A furious Ed Schultz on Thursday raged over the fact that only 36 Senate Democrats opposed the Keystone pipeline in a vote. Nine defections contributed to the bill passing the Senate. Schultz sneered, “But what a sad moment for Democrats if they’re concerned about climate change…The Democrats can be bought.”
Senators Bob Casey (Pennsylvania), Thomas Carper (Delaware) and Michael Bennet (Colorado) reversed themselves on past opposition and voted yes. The cable host isn’t really in a position to judge Democrats for changing their position on Keystone due to pressure, considering he did exactly the same thing.
On February 5, 2014, Schultz stood up for Keystone, lecturing viewers, “…The hard cold truth is the United States is an oil and gas dependent country and we’re going to be for the foreseeable future.”
On his February 7, 2014 radio show, Schultz was the receiving end of liberal “shouting”:
SCHULTZ: There’s one thing I’ve learned this week is that liberals can be just as mean as conservatives. I hate to say that, I hate to report that, but it is just I find it absolutely amazing, the all-or-nothing crowd is out and about for my head because of the pipeline story.
This is almost too funny, a year and a complete 180. So someone convinced him of the proper side he must be on. But he’s now the attack dog against any defectors. See how supporting a thing like a pipeline can make you a Democrat defector?
Being “bought” is such an absurd charge. Actually it is Democrats/liberals (progressives) like Schultz that are bought lock, stock and barrel. He just illustrated it. Evidently, he learned the full lesson about mean liberals. So much for “hard cold truth”.
Related: The Hill — 4/11/14:
“Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone”