Matt Dempsey, a spokesman for the pro-Keystone Oil Sands Fact Check, says he is baffled that Steyer has chosen to fight "over something symbolic" that won't really have an impact on climate change.
Steyer's political handler, Chris Lehane, argues that it's wrong to call Steyer a plutocrat, because his advocacy works against his economic interests. Excuse me, but in California, giving millions to anti-Keystone Democrats is not exactly speaking truth to power.
When gazillionaires dump big money into GOP races, good-government types lament the role of big money in politics. Think Meg Whitman. When they move a party from the middle to the fringes, cooler heads note that it's bad for the party. Think Rick Santorum donor Foster Friess. When ideologues jeopardize their party in a sideshow that won't achieve their objective, well, think Ted Cruz.