The steady stream of Democrats who understand that they must agree to more domestic drilling continues. From Politico:
In the stages of grief, denial gives way to anger and then to bargaining.
It may be an apt metaphor this week, as Democrats’ long-held opposition to expanded offshore oil drilling succumbs to the political realities of $4-per-gallon gasoline.
Democrats are so desperate to deprive Republicans of an issue to run on that they may actually do the right thing and pass legislation that leads to lower gas prices; the price of oil dropped $8 a barrel in two days this week, perhaps in anticipation of Congressional action.
Even Dingy Harry is coming around:
"I’m not knee-jerk opposed to anything,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “We’re willing to work. We haven’t shut our minds to anything.”
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said he sensed there were enough votes from his Democratic colleagues to expand offshore drilling into new areas — and that the eastern Gulf of Mexico “should be one of the first places we should look.”