Politico sees a death knell for Democrats in coal country.
Although they try to boost the congressional Democrats ousted Tuesday.
With the defeats (Nick) Rahall (D-W.Va.), Bill Enyart (D-Ill.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.), “it is going to be much harder crafting bipartisan legislation on energy and environmental issues in the House,” Wheeler said.
Enyart, a co-chairman of the congressional coal caucus, represented a southern Illinois district heavily reliant on coal, and Barrow and Rahall held the center on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as “go-to Democrats for sponsorship of Republican-led and industry-favored legislation and letters,” Wheeler said. “Their defeat means it will be harder to attract Democrats to such efforts.”
The trio didn't have much success convincing fellow Democrats to ease up on coal the past six years. Maybe their losses will wake up the remaining Democrats.