Just weeks ago, immediately following the oil spill on April 20, comprehensive energy reform legislation was dead in the political waters. Indeed, Democrats thought it would be even harder to bring up a bill because of the spill. Now suddenly the disaster is a window of opportunity in the eyes of Democrats facing enormous political headwinds going into November's midterm elections.

With financial services reform not yet out the door — President Obama wants to sign a bill by July 4 — and a poor jobs report out today spelling a long, hot summer for the unemployment picture, it's hard to imagine Democrats getting this heavy lift off the ground. Republicans are out in front with their claims the Democrats are planning a job-killing energy tax — just where will the Democrats find the political will for another tough, divisive vote?


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