Via Politico, we have an excellent montage of quotes and comments to help us better understand why there will be no energy legislation before the next Congress is sworn in…and a clearer picture of the depths of hell Democrats are willing to drag us through in order to expand their power in Washington:

But what looks like intraparty tension on the surface is part of an intentional strategy in which Pelosi takes the heat on energy policy, while behind the scenes she’s encouraging vulnerable Democrats to express their independence if it helps them politically, according to Democratic aides on and off Capitol Hill.

Pelosi’s gambit rests on one big assumption: that Democrats will own Washington after the election and will be able to craft a sweeping energy policy that is heavy on conservation and fuel alternatives while allowing for some new oil drilling. Democrats see no need to make major concessions on energy policy with a party poised to lose seats in both chambers in just three months — even if recess-averse Republicans continue to pound away on the issue.

My my my… and here I was thinking Nancy Pelosi was trying to save the planet when all this time she was trying to save the hides of her Democrat colleagues in the House of Representatives. What a great place the “People’s House” has become. Where else can you send someone from your community to watch out for your best interests so they can subsequently turn their backs on you in your hour of greatest need and keep “sticking it to you” whenever they have to in order to STAY there?

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Continuing:

[T]he chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources believes Democrats are all about 2009.

“We’ve laid the groundwork this year,” Rahall said.

Democratic House aides say the energy agenda has been carefully gamed out in strategy sessions, and Pelosi always intended to take heat on gas prices while tacitly encouraging more vulnerable Democrats to publicly disagree with her and show their independence.

“Game” the Energy agenda…hmmm…that is (expletive removed in deference to the posting guidelines) despicable. That passage strikes me in particular because of the extent to which Democrats have insisted all session that it is Big Oil and Speculators that are guilty of “gaming the system” yet here we find that it’s been the Democrats themselves who have been playing us for the fools. And we keep paying their salaries and filling up their pension funds and sending them all around the world on trips of fancy and frivolity.

The piece continues, discussing whether a vote will or will not take place. There seems to be no real chance that any votes will take place before the new Congress is seated, and this includes missing out on voting to reinstate the moratorium on offshore drilling which would give “states the right to decide whether private companies can search for potential drilling sites three miles offshore.” The Democrats can’t lose on that issue now, given the President’s Executive order and the squeals from America’s cheap seats in the heartland about drilling more and drilling now and all that…so Pelosi’s calculus is likely to pay off.

Reid’s in on the “game” too:

…calling for a bipartisan energy summit but promising no major energy votes. Reid embraced the drilling and conservation proposals of the bipartisan Senate “Gang of 10” last week, but he made further commitment on the energy debate.

Reid, like Pelosi, is expecting to have a much stronger governing majority in the Senate next year, so he has little incentive to give in to Republicans on energy policy as long as he thinks it won’t hurt Democrats.

Even as they face heat from constituents during the August break, Democrats say they aren’t going to cave in to popular pressure.

Funny, I thought they were subservient to “we, the People.” They don’t seem to think so, obviously, and they aren’t even all that concerned with the fundamental crisis we are being made to suffer and endure:

Democrats are also comforted somewhat by the fact that crude oil prices have gone down more than 10 percent from their summer highs, and if the U.S. economy enters a recession, prices may fall further due to slackening demand.

“There is no crisis on our side of the aisle,” a top House Democratic leadership aide said. “We have a plan, and we will stick to it.”

The scum of cynicism and political expediency covers all of the waters surrounding Capitol Hill this summer…and it appears destined to thicken by January 2009 despite the damage Democrats are willing to inflict on the rest of us.