Senate Republicans: None shall pass until drilling commences

posted at 8:55 am on July 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has laid down the gauntlet to Majority Leader Harry Reid on energy, according to The Hill.  Following the efforts of Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint, the Republican caucus has promised to obstruct any bills not pertaining to energy until the Senate votes on removing the remaining restrictions on off-shore drilling.  It promises to make the Senate the focus of high-profile political brinksmanship, and puts the Democrats in a tight spot with fuel prices impacting every aspect of the American economy:

Senate Republicans have threatened to block nearly all other bills pending before the August recess if Democrats refuse to vote with them on expanding offshore drilling.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said bills that do not pertain to energy can wait until after the August recess, with gas prices now surpassing $4 per gallon. McConnell and top Republicans indicated Wednesday they would oppose any procedural votes to take up other legislation, which require 60 votes to succeed. …

Following swift Senate action on the narrow energy bill, Reid wanted the Senate to approve a massive defense authorization bill, an overhaul of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, legislation to protect reporters’ sources, an extension of expiring energy tax incentives, and a major package of 33 bills held up by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

But Republicans are planning to keep the Senate on the energy issue until their demands are resolved. The massive housing-rescue package might be the only other measure that gets valuable floor time before the August recess.

Reid wanted to buy off enough Republicans to keep them from forcing a vote on drilling. As I noted yesterday, the omnibus spending bill Reid has pushed includes a large number of bills co-sponsored by Republicans. Coburn told me yesterday that he thought he had enough Republican votes to stop the bill, and McConnell’s actions later proved him right.

It’s not even clear that Reid can keep all of the Democrats on board. Coburn predicted that Reid would whip his caucus hard to keep all 51 Democrats behind him while he tried to bribe ten Republicans away, but fuel prices have made Reid’s obstructionism on drilling a losing cause.  No one wants to go back home in August to explain to constituents why they blocked drilling in the OCS and the interior while people are paying twice as much for gas as they did before Reid and Nancy Pelosi took control of Congress.  Democrats know that Republicans are poised to expose this on a national basis, and that the electorate is angry enough about Congressional inaction on energy policy to listen.

Two-thirds of all voters support drilling in the OCS and going after shale in the interior.  Reid’s “coal and oil make us sick” nonsense has backfired.  Do Democrats want to explain how they supported that with a national election around the corner?

The GOP has a winning hand on energy.  Democrats have obstructed domestic production for decades while promising that alternative energy sources were just around the corner, and the bill for their short-sighted policies just came due.  Reid will have little choice but to accede to a vote on drilling — and expect it to have overwhelming bipartisan support when it occurs.


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“I move… for no man,” -The Black Knight.

Akzed on July 24, 2008 at 8:58 AM

If the Hill Republicans where smart -which sometimes appears debatable- they would have a mantra… Nothing but drilling and housing.

If they hammer the Dems on this HARD they might stop the bleeding in November.

Diogenes of Sinope on July 24, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Go Senate Republicans! Force this issue down the throats of these libs until we get something done. You will have the support of the people behind you.

jencab on July 24, 2008 at 8:58 AM

finally they start playing hardball with the democrats…instead of ‘gang of 14′ and accomodating ie bending over for them.

maybe if they would have done this years ago, they wouldn’t be in the minority.

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 9:00 AM

WOW! The Republicans finally figured out a winning issue! I wonder if they can hang on to this and actually push it through or if some of the (RINO gang of 14 dill weed reach across the aisle gang of 14 compromise on every issue Republicans) like Senator McAmnesty will cut a deal so that they won’t deal with energy before August…sigh…

sabbott on July 24, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Yes -definitely – get the drilling going. Not sure why they’re dragging their feet on this crucial issue.

As long as rocketing it through doesn’t result in some lawmaker mistakes that allow oil companies to sidestep environmental responsibilities or tax responsibilities or whatever.

Dave Rywall on July 24, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Democrats must be the dumbest people on the planet.

The liberals will continue to vote for them no matter what they do. Look at Jim Webb.

And for a guy like Reid whose state has such a massive, giant thirst for energy to pull this crap is incredible.

benrand on July 24, 2008 at 9:02 AM

’bout time they sacked up and made a stand..

DaveC on July 24, 2008 at 9:03 AM

God bless Mitch McConnell.

Republicans have been dying of thirst waiting for some party unity leadership!

PUMP, PRODUCE PROSPERITY, PEACE ’08

maverick muse on July 24, 2008 at 9:04 AM

The Republicans will force the Democrats to pass it, then when the price of oil continues to go down, the D’s will take credit. Might even claim Obama sponsored it, and that it came out of one of his many committees. Whatever the case, Obama will get credit because he’s been calling for lower gas price timetables for some time now.

forest on July 24, 2008 at 9:04 AM

My guess is the Dems give in during the middle of the night or right before the weekend on offshore drilling, after trying to use the media to attack the GOP for obstructing Congress’ business and getting no responding “outrage” from the public (and while the hard-core enviros want no drilling at all, the high holy place for the Democrats when it comes to fighting drilling is still ANWR).

jon1979 on July 24, 2008 at 9:04 AM

The GOP has a winning hand on energy.

This will especially work if McCain choose Sarah Palin and goes on a visit with her to Alaska and change is position on ANWR.

jencab on July 24, 2008 at 9:05 AM

I am still waiting for a reply to my email sent to Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State. Senator Cantwell went on Bloomberg TV recently and said the reasons why Democrats like her wanted higher gas prices was so that they could wean Americans off of oil and on to alternative energy sources. So I asked Senator Cantwell to send me a list of all the alternative energy sources that are in commercial use that I can use right now, this very minute, to power my car, heat my home, get me to work, etc. The good senator has yet to respond back, but I can wait. In the meantime, maybe some other Democratic Senators like Senator Reid would like to enlighten us on where we can all get these exciting alternative energy sources that we can all use right now, this very minute, so we too can be weaned off of oil. Until he and the rest of his merry bunch can do so, my advice is to break out those drills and start pumping up that black gold.

pilamaye on July 24, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Hammer!! Hammer!!! Hammer!!!! this right down the liberals
throats.
Easily 90% of the people I talk to (democrat or Republican)agree that we should be drilling for our own Oil
while we bring on new sources of energy.

It is this simple liberals:

Quit letting other countries drill off our coast and then sell “our” oil back to us.

Real energy independence is using our own resources,not putting money in Hugo’s, Saudi’s, or Al Gore’s pockets.

Baxter Greene on July 24, 2008 at 9:05 AM

House Republicans are taking this serious as well — The American Energy Act (HR 6566):

a comprehensive energy bill that takes an “all of the above” strategy to end our dependence on costly foreign oil and reduce gas prices in America. At a Capitol Hill news conference this afternoon, the Members of Congress will also demand Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi end her opposition to American-made energy and allow a vote on the bill.

With $4 gas prices this can gain massive support if they can get the media to stop their Obamadrooling for three minutes or so!
David

LifeTrek on July 24, 2008 at 9:10 AM

The GOP should have don things like this a LONG time ago.

GogglesPisano on July 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

If Republicans can’t capitalize on this issue–a ready-made winner–then they deserve to get their clocks cleaned.

They need to grow a pair and stand strong on this one.

watchmen on July 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

I don’t really understand how the outer continental shelf is any of Congress’ jurisdiction anyway. I thought that there was only a 3 mile limit until it was international waters. It is just a power grab for DC people who only want power. It’s like they say ‘we own the air you breathe and we only let you breathe it’.

What would happen if someone just drilled out there anyway? Who would enforce the law against them? The military?

ThackerAgency on July 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Senate Republicans have threatened to block nearly all other bills pending before the August recess if Democrats refuse to vote with them on expanding offshore drilling.

WOOOOOOOOOH!!! Shyeaheahhh!! Go Senate GOP! Nice to see someone in the party has a pair, even if McHamsterface doesn’t. A shame August is only 9 days away…

Spanglemaker on July 24, 2008 at 9:13 AM

I have an idea for a new march on Washington and Congress. Everyone should carry a drill, preferably not a modern electrically-powered one, but an old-time mechanical one.

Bigfoot on July 24, 2008 at 9:15 AM

YES!!!!!

Linh_My on July 24, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Its amazing what GOP Senators can do when John McCain isn’t around.

Greenhorn on July 24, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Which party is for the little guy again?
Way to go Republicans. Why not push everything you can with the Congress approval ratings as low as they are. Push it.

carbon_footprint on July 24, 2008 at 9:17 AM

“I move… for no man pork,” -The Black Knight.

fixed

BohicaTwentyTwo on July 24, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Too late. Let’s hope it’s not too little.

Mojave Mark on July 24, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Win-Win.

Spines and balls. Gotta love it!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 24, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Just talking about drilling has shaved $20 of the price of oil. I wonder what actually passing a bill will do to it?

Kafir on July 24, 2008 at 9:22 AM

ThackerAgency on July 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Truman claimed the continental shelves and Reagan put the economic exclusion zone to 200 miles.

Limerick on July 24, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Price near me (central MI) is down $0.20 since Bush spoke up.

benrand on July 24, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Great news! And a new talking point for when I call Speaker Pelosi! They really need to do something or Im thinking they will be gone in the next election.

becki51758 on July 24, 2008 at 9:25 AM

benrand on July 24, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Gas never went past $4.00 here and it is now down to $3.79. Time for the Dems to blame Bush for this!

becki51758 on July 24, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Although I applaud them for any backbone at all, how much courage does it take to make a stand knowing that their ratings are in the single digits and that the majority of Americans DEMAND that we start to drill here now? Still, we will take anything at this point; kudos Republicans.

carbon_footprint on July 24, 2008 at 9:27 AM

As long as rocketing it through doesn’t result in some lawmaker mistakes that allow oil companies to sidestep environmental responsibilities or tax responsibilities or whatever.

Dave Rywall on July 24, 2008 at 9:01 AM

In other words, claim that you’re for drilling but put so many impediments into the legislation, or hold it up in the courts indefinitely, because we must save the Furbish Lousewort dontcha know.

Buy Danish on July 24, 2008 at 9:27 AM

I’ve begun drilling in my backyard. So far just hit a few Bud Lites but I have plenty of patience.

Travis1 on July 24, 2008 at 9:27 AM

The Republicans don’t have the stones to actually follow through. They allowed the Dums “filibusters” when they were in charge and instead of manning up and making guys like Byrd and Kennedy stay up all night they would go home – I guess so they wouldn’t actually have to do their jobs and be inconvenienced. I doubt the Dums will be as accommodating.

woodman on July 24, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Dave Rywall on July 24, 2008 at 9:01 AM

No more oil for you!
/Gas Nazi

carbon_footprint on July 24, 2008 at 9:30 AM

I think the republicans should push for drilling but not so hard. Maybe, and yes I know dems are dumb, but maybe many would loose their seats and be replaced by republicans. Push hard on drilling AFTER the election.

2theright on July 24, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Let’s hope John McCain and pals don’t step in and cross the aisle to end the impasse.

JiangxiDad on July 24, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Be careful… oil prices are falling which may lead to sharp drops in the price of gas.

If gas prices fall the issue will be forgotten and Republicans will just look obstructionist for no good reason.

Still-A-Neocon

stillaneocon on July 24, 2008 at 9:36 AM

There is nothing more important right now that us getting away from depending on others for our energy. DRILL!!!

Wade on July 24, 2008 at 9:37 AM

I think the republicans should push for drilling but not so hard. Maybe, and yes I know dems are dumb, but maybe many would loose their seats and be replaced by republicans. Push hard on drilling AFTER the election.

2theright on July 24, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Yes, and this domestic energy reform issue is the MOST important issue for this election and M’Cain is on the right side of it; Obama is not. M’Cain came around on the offshore drilling issue and I suspect, with pressure, he will come around to ANWR. He wants to streamline nuclear power plants (goal:45) and cut through the red tape it takes to do it. He quoted on H&C last night that France can actually build a nuclear power plan in five years. It takes about six times longer here. Of course, we haven’t built a new one in 30 years so we have no adequate gauge.

Obama is against nuclear power, offshore drilling and just about every other “progressive” action toward getting off of foreign oil dependency. This country has procrastinated on this in the past but $4 per gallon gasoline has a way of prioritizing it. M’Cain will beat Obama on the energy issue alone.

carbon_footprint on July 24, 2008 at 9:37 AM

2theright on July 24, 2008 at 9:30 AM

That makes no sense whatsoever. We need to toss these losers out of Congress and this is the one issue that could do it.

Buy Danish on July 24, 2008 at 9:38 AM

f gas prices fall the issue will be forgotten and Republicans will just look obstructionist for no good reason.

Still-A-Neocon

stillaneocon on July 24, 2008 at 9:36 AM

I respectfully disagree. Since I spend $35 per day on gas for my commute, I don’t think I will be forgetting this anytime soon.

carbon_footprint on July 24, 2008 at 9:38 AM

“‘Tis but a flesh wound,” -Harry Reid.

Akzed on July 24, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Pelosi & Reid “No Drill, No Spill…

Attack these stupid fools with every weapon in the arsenal. Democrats have taken their stand; drawn their line in the sand… Suck it up Americans, stop the whining and learn how to conserve you spoiled rotten children.

Yep, that’s a real winner Pelosi & gang!

Attack, attack, attack…

Keemo on July 24, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Truman claimed the continental shelves and Reagan put the economic exclusion zone to 200 miles.

Limerick on July 24, 2008 at 9:23 AM

I guess we’ll have another cold war over the outer continental shelf that we share with Russia near Alaska then. I feel like an American Indian wondering what gives them the right to ‘own’ it. I just don’t think the government should have that much power.

ThackerAgency on July 24, 2008 at 9:43 AM

“I move… for no man pork,” -The Black Knight.

fixed

BohicaTwentyTwo on July 24, 2008 at 9:17 AM

No no no. Ya got it all wrong. See, Harry Reid is the Black Knight. Get it? Get it?

Akzed on July 24, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Turn on the garden hose and flush that sniveling little rat out from under his rock.

whitetop on July 24, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Truman claimed the continental shelves and Reagan put the economic exclusion zone to 200 miles.

Limerick on July 24, 2008 at 9:23 AM

So… why’s China drilling 60 miles away? Hey: Cuba’s 90 miles away. A 200 mile zone means we own Cuba!

Akzed on July 24, 2008 at 9:44 AM

I nominate Senator Mitch McConnell to receive the first annual “Malkins Award”.

If we don’t have one, let’s get one. I suggest a simple trophy is in order ….. two brass onions sitting on a platter.

fogw on July 24, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Good work, Mitch! Yep, you’ve got a winning issue here. Beat the Dems’ energy obstructionism like a drum. Folks are really, really angry. Dems’ obstructionism could cost them the election.

petefrt on July 24, 2008 at 9:47 AM

This could end up being the “Contract With America” of this election, if the House and Senate GOP are smart enough to do it. Also reminiscent of the Kemp-Roth tax cut legislation that Republicans introduced in 1978, which helped elect Reagan and a bunch of Republican senators in 1980. It’s a game-changing issue.

I would now like to see McConnell really working to put John McCain front and center for a few days on the Senate floor on this legislation. It will show that McCain is the REAL consensus-builder and leader in this race.

rockmom on July 24, 2008 at 9:48 AM

I’d love to see some environmentalists’ feet put to the fire, too. On TV.

Let’s see how quickly the Dems defend them. That would show America whose side they’re really on!

newton on July 24, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Mitch McConnell is one Senator who has gotten the message from the base. He’s now circulating position letters explaining his conservatism, taking action on behalf of conservative causes — and fighting for his life in his home district.

My own take is that McConnell is a corruptible sleaze ball, and deserves to be dumped regardless of his conservatism. However, he is a heavy hitter, and knows the Senate game very well. Conservatives should pat themselves on the back for having resurrected at least one conservative champion, if only for the next few months.

philwynk on July 24, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Is it just me or does Harry Reid look as if he has eaten too many paint chips as a child?

carbon_footprint on July 24, 2008 at 9:50 AM

I respectfully disagree. Since I spend $35 per day on gas for my commute, I don’t think I will be forgetting this anytime soon.

carbon_footprint on July 24, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Republicans ought to put up billboards on all the major freeways and commuter highways in America – “Had Enough of High Gas Prices? Say No to the Don’t Drill Congress! Vote Republican!”

rockmom on July 24, 2008 at 9:50 AM

WOW! The Republicans finally figured out a winning issue!

You can thank Newt Gingrich for this one. His “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” campaign is what brought this measure to the Senate floor.

As has been the case since the 1990s, Newt Gingrich is the best thinker in the Republican party, whatever you might think of him personally, and the Republican party needs to stand aside and let him lead.

philwynk on July 24, 2008 at 9:52 AM

If the Democrats had any desire to ween the American people off of oil they should have had a plan to do so. We have billions of dollars invested in infrastructure dependent on oil. A good first step would have been to require that all new cars sold in the USA be equipped with dual fuel capability (gasoline and CNG, gasoline and propane, gasoline and electricity). Also requiring that stationary equipment (power generators specifically) be able to run on coal, natural gas, anything but oil; would be smart.

It would take ten years to make the transition from oil to an alternative if we started today. Banning new domestic oil production without requiring the transitional infrastructure be put in place is very foolish. Wait, there is more: They also effectively banned the use of nuclear energy.

Democrats accuse Bush of not having a plan to win the peace, but where is the Democrat plan to win the energy wars?

The Rock on July 24, 2008 at 9:53 AM

rockmom on July 24, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Great idea.

carbon_footprint on July 24, 2008 at 9:54 AM

This is proof that an Obama Presidency doesn’t have to spell doom for the US. If conservatives (both Republicans and Democrates) can stand tall and do what’s right for the country, then the country will prevail.

All of the threats about the SCOTUS, increased taxes, the oil crisis and economic ramifications of an Obama Presidency are just that – threats.

Question: Which will be worse for the Conservative movement, a McCain Presidency without Conservative backing, or President Obama?

tgillian on July 24, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Mitch McConnell is one Senator who has gotten the message from the base. He’s now circulating position letters explaining his conservatism, taking action on behalf of conservative causes — and fighting for his life in his home district.

My own take is that McConnell is a corruptible sleaze ball, and deserves to be dumped regardless of his conservatism. However, he is a heavy hitter, and knows the Senate game very well. Conservatives should pat themselves on the back for having resurrected at least one conservative champion, if only for the next few months.

philwynk on July 24, 2008 at 9:48 AM

McConnell is in no trouble back home. I was in Kentucky last weekend and saw his signs and bumper stickers everywhere. He has a tremendous TV ad running that reminds voters that his opponent masterminded an automatic gas tax increase bill 10 years ago that actually increases Kentucky’s gas tax as the price goes up. It’s a killer. He has about 8 times as much money as his opponent does too.

Mitch McConnell is the biggest reason why Harry Reid looks like a complete loser today, even to Democrats. He has run rings around Reid. It’s a damn shame that Conrad Burns was a crook and George Allen said the word ‘macaca,’ otherwise McConnell would be Majority Leader today and a hero to conservatives.

rockmom on July 24, 2008 at 9:55 AM

It’s very refreshing to see Republicans united on something like this. I hope the next move is to demand federal legislation to end what amounts to federal and state blockades against nuclear power plant construction.

doufree on July 24, 2008 at 9:55 AM

tgillian on July 24, 2008 at 9:55 AM

NIce try.

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 9:57 AM

So… why’s China drilling 60 miles away? Hey: Cuba’s 90 miles away. A 200 mile zone means we own Cuba!

Akzed on July 24, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Ownership of natural resources in the sea (and especially in the Arctic Sea) is a vitally important question. That’s one of the principle reasons conservatives oppose the Law of the Seas Treaty. Obama supports its ratification (as did Bush), and McCain did for a long time as well–until the primaries.

I’d like someone to ask McCain about this again, to see if his views have changed, again. The race for Arctic Sea oil and gas is on, and we better not be the last ones to the party.

JiangxiDad on July 24, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Akzed at 8:58AM

Racist! : P

jgapinoy on July 24, 2008 at 10:00 AM

. I just don’t think the government should have that much power.

ThackerAgency on July 24, 2008 at 9:43 AM

if we don’t claim our 200 mile zone, don’t you think other countries will? reagan did that to protect our economic interests, and our fishing beds from being exploited by other countries.

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:02 AM

rockmom on July 24, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Billboards are a good idea. They’re very expensive though, so they need to be targeted to a few high profile areas, and be clever enough that they become a story in themselves and get national media coverage.

Buy Danish on July 24, 2008 at 10:03 AM

finally they start playing hardball with the democrats…instead of ‘gang of 14′ and accomodating ie bending over for them.

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Well, this is what can happen when Juan TheAccommodator McShamnesty is out of the Halls of Congress. Get busy, fellas!! He’s too busy campaigning to get more mods and dems to vote for him. Let’s get something conservative done in his absence!!

tickleddragon on July 24, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Yes!! This of course is 7 years too late, but at least it’s a start!

JeffreyLloyd on July 24, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Well, this is what can happen when Juan TheAccommodator McShamnesty is out of the Halls of Congress.

and he’ll continue the ‘fine’ tradition of grabbing the ankles for the democrats if he’s elected el presidente

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Yes!! This of course is 7 years too late, but at least it’s a start!
JeffreyLloyd on July 24, 2008 at 10:11 AM

If you look at this chart on the bottom of the page, you’ll see that gas prices were about $2.30 a gallon at the beginning of 2006. Higher than 5 years ago, but not that much out of the ordinary. The last price it shows is $4.10 for july of this year. It is late, but gas prices haven’t been such a huge issue until starting 2 years ago. When the Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took power, coincidentally.

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:25 AM

I’m getting a case of the vapors!
REPUBLICANS finally standing up for us? This IS news.
Better late than never Mitch and yo guys are much more than FASHIONABLY LATE to this party.

originalpechanga on July 24, 2008 at 10:25 AM

and he’ll continue the ‘fine’ tradition of grabbing the ankles for the democrats if he’s elected el presidente
right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Oh, absolutely. That’s exactly what hes going to do. As a matter of fact, I heard McShamnesty is going to outlaw the republican party and begin rounding up conservatives to be re-educated. It’s going to be much better with Obama as president, right right4life?

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Yes!! This of course is 7 34 years too late, but at least it’s a start!

JeffreyLloyd on July 24, 2008 at 10:11 AM

fixed it for you

unseen on July 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM

It’s going to be much better with Obama as president, right right4life?

you won’t see obama bending over for the republicans like mcshamnesty bends over the democRATS.

I heard McShamnesty is going to outlaw the republican party and begin rounding up conservatives to be re-educated

it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:25 AM

I think he’s talking about the general gutlessness of the republican party over the last 8 years..you know things like medicare prescription drugs, spending like drunken sailors, doing nothing to advance conservatism…but as a McObama supporter that last part is OK with you…

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Of course. And he’s also going to shut down all conservative websites as well. Right right4life ?

Of course that wouldn’t surprise you at all. Isn’t it going to be so much better with President Obama, right4life ?

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:33 AM

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Of course, right4life your version of events are correct, and what you said he meant is obviously what he meant, not what he said he meant, right4life.

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:34 AM

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:25 AM

true but the gas prices are a function of 35 years of mismanagement of our energy supplies during the same time that America was promoting free trade and lifting billions around the world out of poverty.

So AMerica was following a artifical policy to decrease supply while at the same time its forgein policy and trade policy was increasing demand at a record rate.

In short our government got us into this problem. period. and because of laws and regulations it will take thew government to get us out. In fact the majority of problems with our economy can be laid at the feet of the government and because of the way the “free market” is now set up it will take the government to get us out. One reason I don’t think we can just “suck it up” This is not a economic downturn. This is a mandated economic downturn. Brought to you by cheap credit, lax standards, limited supply, new world order thinking.

unseen on July 24, 2008 at 10:36 AM

As long as rocketing it through doesn’t result in some lawmaker mistakes that allow oil companies to sidestep environmental responsibilities or tax responsibilities or whatever.

Dave Rywall on July 24, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Maybe it’s a minor point but what’s up with your RINO thinking? Has it not occurred to you that oil companies (and all other non-corrupt entities) try to maximize company profitability? And that profits are best obtained by getting along with those who can hurt profits?

I have this notion that it would be suicide for any oil company CEO to allow sloppy drilling or other environmentally bad practices, lest some looney green goblin file a lawsuit against the company.

RINOs actually believe the Demon-craps’ koolaid which holds that maximum profits come from worst behavior and that big daddy oversight is the only way to keep civilization alive.

I drink the Reagan koolaid, thank you very much.

platypus on July 24, 2008 at 10:41 AM

So like Reid is a Balrog?

- The Cat

MirCat on July 24, 2008 at 10:42 AM

I thought that there was only a 3 mile limit until it was international waters.

ThackerAgency on July 24, 2008 at 9:12 AM

The limit was changed to 12 miles by a combination of fiat and revisions to international law many years ago.

Drilling farther out in international waters has its own problems, as you point out.

landlines on July 24, 2008 at 10:44 AM

To “The Rock”: America only gets about 3% of its electricity from oil–most comes from coal, natural gas, and nuclear in that order, so a requirement that power generators be able to run on “anything but oil” would have very little effect. Besides, it’s technically extremely difficult to build a flex-fuel power plant. A coal-fired plant uses heat from coal to make steam, whereas a natural-gas plant burns the natural gas directly in a turbine (it’s more efficient), but if somebody tried to burn coal in a turbine, the ash would destroy the turbine. Practically, it wouldn’t work, but I digress.

Way to go, Senator McConnell! About the only problem with this is the timing–when Der Obamaschweinfuhrer is getting rave reviews in Germany, nobody is paying attention to the Senate! But if the omnibus spending bill gets held up over drilling, and the PEOPLE want to drill, Harry Reid and his band of tree-huggers might get an earful and cave.

The problem is the House, which has no filibuster rule. If San Fran Nan says “No vote on drilling and that’s that”, Republicans have to shout from the rooftops that gasoline and oil prices will stay high as long as Democrats control the House. Even if a Democrat from a “swing” district claims to favor drilling, his/her GOP opponent must campaign loud and clear that ONLY a GOP House majority can take the gavel out of Pelosi’s hands and force a vote on drilling. This should be the “wedge issue” to take back the House! But do we have enough credible candidates to do it?

Steve Z on July 24, 2008 at 10:44 AM

In short our government got us into this problem. period.
unseen on July 24, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Our government is not blameless, but the top two reasons for the international price of oil most recently has been the huge increase in demand from emerging economies such as India and China. – and since the democrats love to blame the price of gas on Bush, a little turnabout is fair play and that’s why I mentioned Pelosi and Reid.

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:46 AM

The elephant in the room and they all know it, is that if all the dems announced they support drilling, the price drops to $30 a barrel overnight.

Are they cynically waiting for a Hussein administration to act? Yeah, thats precisely what they’re doing. We must get everyone we can to avalanche them with mail, email and phone calls. We shut down their shamnesty program, now its time to make our voices heard on this.

dogsoldier on July 24, 2008 at 10:47 AM

It is about time that the Republicans got the “Mut” of Michelle Malkin.

Johan Klaus on July 24, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Of course. And he’s also going to shut down all conservative websites as well. Right right4life ?

he has some experience silencing free speech, mccain-feingold. and given that he hates conservatives….

Isn’t it going to be so much better with President Obama, right4life ?

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:33 AM

no, but I doubt we’d be able to notice much difference, between McObama.

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Of course, right4life your version of events are correct, and what you said he meant is obviously what he meant, not what he said he meant, right4life.

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:34 AM

huh? you mccainiacs are going off the deep end…

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:50 AM

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:48 AM

So if we won’t notice much of a difference, then why do you want the democrat to win and the republican to loose?

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:50 AM

I’m John McCain and I repudiate this racist move on the part of my racist Republican Senators who are trying to score political points against my close personal friends on the other side of the aisle which will, I’m afraid, reflect badly against our first African American democratic candidate and my good friend Senator Barack Obama! I shall fly to Washington immediately to gather together my gang of 14 to head off this crisis to the nation and gain once again aisle-crossing agreement with the Democrats which whom I have worked with for many years since I returned from Vietnam where I was shot down and was a POW for many years and where I was tortured.

sabbott on July 24, 2008 at 10:51 AM

huh? you mccainiacs are going off the deep end…
right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Huh? You Obomaicans are going right off the deep end…

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:51 AM

So if we won’t notice much of a difference, then why do you want the democrat to win and the republican to loose?

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Mccain’s a republican

damn, he sure had me fooled!!

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Billboards are a good idea. They’re very expensive though, so they need to be targeted to a few high profile areas, and be clever enough that they become a story in themselves and get national media coverage.

Buy Danish on July 24, 2008 at 10:03 AM

What a terrific idea – simple, effective, and a persistant reminder to drivers day after day. Plus the synergy of national media coverage!

The RNC has apparently been listening. I hope they pick up on this.

diogenes on July 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Obama will get credit because he’s been calling for lower gas price timetables for some time now.

forest on July 24, 2008 at 9:04 AM

If I remember correctly, Obama has been calling for higher

.When asked by CNBC yesterday if record oil prices could actually help the U.S., Obama replied, “I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing.”

Johan Klaus on July 24, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Mccain’s a republican
damn, he sure had me fooled!!
right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Indeed. It’s one of many things that you are mistaken about. Such as an Obama presidency would be just like a McCain presidency.

wise_man on July 24, 2008 at 10:56 AM

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Respectfully, very few here enjoy seeing the M’Cain bashing. He is not my first choice, but he is THE choice at this juncture. Unless you are just pulling for an Obama victory, or you are just trying to agitate the masses, you would be better suited bashing your head into a concrete wall.

carbon_footprint on July 24, 2008 at 10:57 AM

sabbott on July 24, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Thank God Juan is here to work with democRATS, he’s the only adult among the republicans!!

and he’s very flexible for his age, from all those years of grabbing the ankles excercises he’s done!!

right4life on July 24, 2008 at 10:57 AM

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