As expected. But then, for those with a realistic take on what the primary purpose of the GOP 114th Congress is, this is going right according to plan:
This is only the third veto of Obama’s presidency, but it’s likely not the last. Congressional Republicans are poised to send a number of other measures to Obama’s desk that he is expected to reject, including changes to his signature health care reform law.
A number of widely popular measures the public wants. Obama vetoes of them - which, given his ideological extremism and rock-ribbed rigidity - will set the 2016 table nicely for Governor Scott Walker to then carve up Elizabeth Warren in the upcoming presidential showdown (assuming The One allows it). That is the purpose and mission of this Republican Congress, even if not all Tea Partiers grasp it.
But take particular note of O's phrasing in his veto message:
“The Presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously,” Obama wrote in a veto message he sent back to the Senate. “But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people. And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto.” [emphasis added]
Never mind the crapola about "cuts short thorough consideration" - the Regime has been kicking the Keystone XL can down the road for six years, exhausted every conceivable, imaginable environmental "study" and "test," all of which the pipeline has passed with flying colors; they ran out of remotely plausible excuses long, long ago - it's the "this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures" that is the eye-grabber. Obama is as much as saying that Congress has no business stealing back his Article I, Section 1 legislative power by actually exercising its constitutional prerogatives to pass legislation everybody wants except him and his greenstremist lunatics.
Note to the RNC: Fire up a fusillade of ads highlighting this veto message and its celebration of executive tyranny. It practically writes itself.