The PJ Tatler

When Kelly Met John and Lindsey...

… nothing good resulted. The once-promising Senator Ayotte threw in her lot with John McCain and Lindsey Graham and this is what we got:

A Republican senator facing a tough reelection fight is supporting President Obama’s signature climate change rule. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) came out in support late Sunday of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation that seeks a 32 percent cut in the power sector’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Ayotte, who faces a tough reelection bid in a state that voted for President Obama in the last two presidential cycles, is the first congressional Republican to openly endorse the rule, dubbed the Clean Power Plan.

“After carefully reviewing this plan and talking with members of our business community, environmental groups, and other stakeholders, I have decided to support the Clean Power Plan to address climate change through clean energy solutions that will protect our environment,” Ayotte said in a statement. “New Hampshire is already well on its way to meet the goals of the Clean Power Plan through positive steps it has already taken,” she continued, saying she would closely monitor the regulation’s implementation to ensure that the state has sufficient flexibility in complying.

Like most of New England, New Hampshire used to be a rock-ribbed GOP state, but it’s since curdled under the influx from crazy-lefty Massachusetts. It’s the same fate that met California and, if the Democrats have their way, Texas as well. Ayotte could buck the pressure should she choose to, but obviously would rather me-too the issue and lose to Maggie Hassan next year. Sad.