Michelle Malkin » ManBearPig to the rescue: Gore lobbies for cap-and-tax; Update: Pelosi tells Gore to stay home!
Al Gore is traveling to Washington today to whip House Democrats on tomorrow’s cap-and-tax bill.Pelosi: Gore No Longer Needed to Lobby Democrats on Climate - Roll Call
No word on the amount of bogus carbon offsets ManBearPig’s trip to the Hill will cost...
Former Vice President Al Gore had been scheduled to deliver a final pitch to the House Democratic Caucus for the global warming bill on Thursday alongside Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), but Pelosi’s spokesman said Thursday morning that Gore will stay in Tennessee.Al Gore not coming to D.C. - Politico Staff - POLITICO.com
Drew Hammill said Gore’s presence is no longer needed.
“As the list of undecided Members narrowed, the Speaker thought it was unnecessary to impose on the vice president’s schedule to travel to Washington and instead to continue coordinating efforts from Tennessee,” Hammill said.
Democratic leaders have grown increasingly confident that they will have the support to pass the massive bill, scheduled for a vote as early as Friday.
Former Vice President Al Gore canceled plans to fly to Washington for a celebratory news conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, and instead was working the phones from Tennessee to help push a landmark climate bill to passage.
The vote is close, and Democratic leaders are worried.
The speaker, President Barack Obama and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel were all telephoning undecided or wavering House members in both parties.
As part of the rescue mission, Obama added a last-minute Rose Garden event in which he was to make "brief remarks on the importance of passing a historic energy bill that will create new jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil."