The first was from Franco Harris letting me know of an upcoming TAILGATE PARTY at the Heinz Field parking lot.
The other was from the Clinton Campaign. Here's the text:
Hello, this is Hillary Clinton for President calling.
In his TV ads, Barack Obama sounds like he'll take on the oil companies. What he doesn't tell you is that he voted for the Bush/Cheney energy bill - a bill that's been called "the best energy bill corporations could buy."
Every gallon of gas takes over three bucks out of your pocket so why would Barack Obama vote for a Bush Cheney energy bill that has put $6 billion in the pockets of Big Oil?
Enough talk. It's time for action. Hillary Clinton will take on Big Oil and she has the experience to get it done.
I was struck by the completely different tones the two messages. One was an invitation to a party, the other a negative ad. I also got curious about that "Bush/Cheney energy bill" that second caller mentioned. Twice.
I did a little googling and found this at factcheck.org:
Clinton faults Obama for voting for the 2005 energy bill, which she calls "the Bush Cheney energy bill." But the compromise Obama voted for was supported by most Senate Democrats and lacked many of the administration's original proposals. As we've said before, it resulted in a small net tax increase on oil companies.
Ah, we're getting somewhere. The bill in question is the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Now we all know how a bill becomes law. Here's a primer:Ok. One of the things the cartoon leaves out is that if the House and Senate versions of a bill are different enough, it goes to a committee made up of both House and Senate members. Their job is to come up with a bill that both Chambers can agree on. Then it gets voted on again in each chamber and then if it passes, it goes to the President for a signature.
Well, guess what happened to this law?
July 29, 2005: After it returned from the conference committee, it passes the Senate 74-26.
June 28 2005: Before being sent to the conference committee, initially passes the Senate by a vote of 85-12.
The Junior Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton.
Why would Hillary Clinton vote for a bill that would but billions of dollars in the pockets of Big Oil?