Why Republicans Turned Green
Republican senators worried about reelection in November helped pass “The Great American Outdoors Act.”
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Devil’s Lake. Photo by CrispAir at en.wikipedia (Own work) (CC BY 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons
It’s often said that elections have consequences. Obviously the most important consequence comes on Election Day when the people choose who will control the government. A less obvious consequence, but one that is sometimes just as important, is when the prospect of an upcoming election compels politicians to reverse course.
A clear illustration of this political fact of life occurred last week when Republicans dropped their long-standing opposition to fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Donald Trump went along even though he has tried to kill the fund. Nov. 3 has produced a positive outcome before a single vote has been cast!