Saturday, August 2, 2008

We're All Off-Shore Drillers Now

Senator Barack Obama "changed" his mind again yesterday -- this time on offshore drilling. According to McClatchy Newspapers:

Barack Obama Friday dropped his opposition to offshore oil drilling, saying he could go along with the idea if it was part of a broader energy package.

Obama made his comments in St. Petersburg during an interview with the Palm Beach Post. "My interest is in making sure we've got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices," he said.

Senator Obama's ambition to win sometimes instills common sense in him. Look for Bruce Lunsford, Congressman John Yarmuth and The Courier Journal to fall in line by the end of the weekend. We all benefit when the Democrats start adopting Republican ideas for the good of the country.

Obama's change of heart just proves how ridiculous the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were to push the talking point that anyone who supports off-shore drilling is beholden to oil companies.

Note that Obama is careful to say that he favors a "comprehensive" energy plan. That lets the Democrats save face by continuing to push for legislation against speculators. But Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's bill was comprehensive. It addressed increased conservation, development of renewable energy sources, and greater production, and would have increased oversight of speculators (if that was really needed).

If McConnell had not been representing Kentucky in the Senate during this period, Obama never would have changed his position. Such is McConnell's influence that he not only steered the course of debate in Congress, but he has forced the Obama messiah to admit fallibility on energy policy. That's "hope" you can believe in. Now let's start working on getting Obama to "change" his mind on increasing taxes.

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