10/06/2011 06:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2011

Swing State GOPers Infuriating Environmentalists

In their votes on environmental issues this year, House Republicans from blue places have greens seeing red.
Which is to say that GOP legislators from moderate swing areas, including districts that President Obama carried in 2008, are infuriating environmentalists by joining with their conservative colleagues on votes to obliterate an array of federal regulations. That lockstep loyalty sharply departs from the way swing-district Republicans behaved in 1995, the last time the GOP unseated a Democratic House majority. It also represents a high-stakes bet that anxiety about the economy and disillusionment with Obama have defanged an issue that hurt Republicans previously in such places.

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