Will Congressional Dems back down on oil ban?

posted at 11:26 am on July 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

David Freddoso sees a showdown coming six weeks before the election in Congress — and he looks forward to it.  The ban on drilling in the OCS and in shale formations expires on September 30th, and Congress usually extends these bans in the appropriations process.  Freddoso expects Nancy Pelosi to remain obstinate in supporting the ban, and hopes Republicans in both the House and Senate rise to her challenge:

Democrats will likely propose a continuing resolution to extend funding for the government through the end of the calendar year without making major changes. This bill will certainly include a continuation of the drilling ban — Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), a zealous opponent of offshore drilling since the 1980s, has resisted all attempts to change it.

Democrats are sufficiently committed to maintaining the ban that they could even be willing to force a government shutdown in September, or dare the Republicans to force one. But if Republicans are equally committed to increasing the domestic-energy supply, and President Bush is willing to use his veto pen, they have a golden opportunity.

Both sides will hearken back to 1995, when a Republican Congress faced off against a Democratic President over a government shutdown, and lost.  However, part of the reason for the failure was a lack of engagement by the American electorate in the reasons for the impasse.  To the nation, it just looked like Beltway politics run amok, an esoteric and largely pointless contest for power than for any real principle or national interest.

If the Democrats think that will apply to a government shutdown on this issue, they will find themselves sorely mistaken.  This fight resonates with Americans every time they go to the pumps, as well as the grocery store.  The issue of energy security and the burdensome cost of Democratic energy policy will make this an infuriating event, especially given the Democrats’ stated policy of jacking up the gas tax on top of limiting domestic production.

President Bush will have to veto any appropriations bills that pass with the ban extended.  Preferably, the Senate Republican caucus will block the bill first.  This kind of showdown five weeks before the election will highlight the obstructionism of the Democrats and show how wedded they are to radical environmentalists — and how divorced they are from the vast majority of American voters.

What part of 67% don’t Democrats understand?  That should be the rallying cry for this effort.


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Road out … I sure hope they don’t see it in time.

tarpon on July 30, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Dems are stuck on stupid. Hope it continues until November and then the voters will remind Dems what happens when you ignore what the public wants.

katieanne on July 30, 2008 at 11:17 AM

and how divorced they are from the vast majority of American voters.

and divorced from reality, but what else is new.

this is the issue that can make this election not so bad for the GOP, IMO…will be interesting to see how Congressional Dems run on this issue in Purple districts.

jp on July 30, 2008 at 11:19 AM

The problem with this effort is the RINO’s! Will they ride to the rescue of the Senate and put together the “gang of 14″ lead by John McAmnesty and Lindsay GrAmnesty to “reach bipartisian across the aisle agreement on behalf of the American people” so that the whole thing falls apart!

sabbott on July 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Shut ‘er down!!!

…and Bush should call Congress back to an emergency session if they try to take a recess or a vacation!!!

landlines on July 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Please, republican’s don’t cave on this.
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letget on July 30, 2008 at 11:20 AM

What part of 67% don’t Democrats understand?

………….. about 67%?

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Bush better do this, what does he have to lose at this point? Go out in style W

jp on July 30, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Repubs,

Keep Rev-er-und Jesse Jackson away from your bollocks and reinforce them with steel. Don’t back down. Got get ‘em.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 30, 2008 at 11:23 AM

the Dems will claim this all about “Big Oil” in the back pocket of GOP….except for the fact its there environmental policies that increase the value/profits of their existing operations

Gas at $4 with a 7% Profit Margin is 28 cents

at $2 its half that…

——

when the GOP does this they better have their talking points in line. It has to be framed around Energy Indpendence, the trade Defecit thanks to Oil tripling in Cost and make it a National Security Issue! One which includes portraying the AMERICAN Oil Man as being on the “Front lines” of the War on Terror…i.e. a Hero. One which the Dems want to outlaw

jp on July 30, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Ed, this is the second time with that picture of Fred and Ethel…it’s creeping me out. It looks like ol’ Droopy just goosed what’s her name. Yikes!

Doug on July 30, 2008 at 11:25 AM

I call my Dem Rep. every single day on this issue. It’s gotten so I know the flunky that manages energy issues for him by name, Finus. Yes, Finus.

There has to be a way to impeach Pelosi. I meanhow can a single person thwart the will of the vast majority of the American people? Who the Hell does she think she is? The Queen?

DerKrieger on July 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM

The problem is that while the media whine incessantly about gas prices they fail to point out why they’re so high and never point out how obstructionist the Democrats are.

If the electorate was fully aware Obama doesn’t want to drill and doesn’t think prices are high enough, he’d be losing in all 50 states.

JammieWearingFool on July 30, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Back down?

No, they’ll say they were for it all along.

MSM will either ignore this lie, or confirm it.

(Monkey) Business as usual.

fogw on July 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Who the Hell does she think she is? The Queen?

DerKrieger on July 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM

a god, “thou shalt not drill”

jp on July 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM

September 30th – love the timing.

Will Pelosi torpedo the Messiah? I sure hope so.

forest on July 30, 2008 at 11:29 AM

They can’t admit that the Bush administration has destroyed Al-Queda, or that many attacks have been thwarted due to Republican vigilance. They are pretty slow on stuff like that, and pretty much have painted themselves into a corner on this issue, all to please the communists who commandeered the “environmental” movement which is just anti-Capitalism. I can see a loss of both houses and Fauxbama going back to being a Senator, trying to put in more than 143 days on the job. You can’t make this stuff up.

adamsmith on July 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Anyone got that Pelosi & Reid flyer? I must have deleted the link.

VikingGoneWild on July 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Please for the love that is all holy DON’T USE THAT SCREENCAP!!!

carbon_footprint on July 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

The GOP has got to be far more aggressive with this issue. How do we get them to use it to strangle the socialists in D.C.?

DerKrieger on July 30, 2008 at 11:32 AM

They WILL recess, and they will come back after Labor Day… Gas will be $3.50/gal… By ELECTION DAY gas will be $3.25/gal… The LEMMINGS will say “that’s wonderful”, and vote these MORONS back in office… No crystal ball on this end, just stating FACT… COMMENTS???

pueblo1032 on July 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM

There has to be a way to impeach Pelosi.
DerKrieger

Glenn Beck is handing out pitchforks. Grab the torches, the monster has locked herself in the tower.

John the Libertarian on July 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Go GOP stand firm

robo on July 30, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Let’s have another “shutdown” – where everyone still gets paid. The MSM will cover it as they did back then – scare the crap out of everyone with scenes of tunbleweeds rolling across parking lots.

Parking lots NOT in Washington, but at the local level. THAT’S how they scared the hell out of Americans before. Giving the impression people had actually lost their jobs (when in fact, government employees got a week’s paid vaction.)

I do agree that this time could probably be different (because of the issue) but that imagery will resonate with the uninformed – especially right before the election.

I hope it happens. But the Republicans (as a group) are going to really need to grow a bigger pair.

catmman on July 30, 2008 at 11:36 AM

pueblo1032 on July 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Sounds about right. Don’t forget, Iraq is over too. Dems don’t have to face the music on that with the sheeple either.

JiangxiDad on July 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Nancy thinks she is saving the planet but, she is only hurting herself, the democrats, and…well everyone else.

boomer on July 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

The GOP has got to be far more aggressive with this issue. How do we get them to use it to strangle the socialists in D.C.?

DerKrieger

They’ve been extremely aggressive. The Dems are painted into a corner. You know things are bad when Pelosi sputters hysterically about some weird narcissistic apocalypse cult religion that has her believing she can save the planet.

John the Libertarian on July 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Necklace from the Wilma Flintstone Collection.

Rhinoboy on July 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Grow a spine, GOP. Make us proud.

emailnuevo on July 30, 2008 at 11:42 AM

I believe Nancy has bigger balls that most of the Republicans. The Dems have the backbone for a dirty fight and the the Pubs are afraid of getting mud on their loafers.

$4 gasoline when we have OIL all over the United States. Maybe we should buy sand from Saudi to replace our eroded beaches.

Maybe we should use solar in Africa and store it in batteries to bring back here.

Maybe we need Enron back to make sure we have all the power we need…

originalpechanga on July 30, 2008 at 11:43 AM

I think they will back down because in the end they are just as guilty of being in the pocket of big oil as the GOP is.

Monkei on July 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM

The Republicans are going to give us another token fight, and we’ll all cheer the loss, at least we fought. Yawn, another non issue and non story.

Snake307 on July 30, 2008 at 11:45 AM

I think they will back down because in the end they are just as guilty of being in the pocket of big oil as the GOP is.

Monkei on July 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Hey moron, haven’t you been paying attention?

TexasJew on July 30, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Hey moron, haven’t you been paying attention?

TexasJew on July 30, 2008 at 11:48 AM

TJ no talking to the monkey’s. All it does is eat it’s own feces!

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 11:55 AM

The problem is the fourth estate doing the blocking, tackling and providing major air cover for Obama, Reid and Pelosi. I am already seeing the talking points that basically make fun of the proposal to restart drilling offshore. It’s everywhere now… from Colbert, NBC, CNN…. the counter punch is in place.

Sergei on July 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Hey moron, haven’t you been paying attention?

TexasJew on July 30, 2008 at 11:48 AM

TJ no talking to the monkey’s. All it does is eat it’s own feces!

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 11:55 AM

He’s trolling this thread too?

carbon_footprint on July 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

He’s trolling this thread too?

carbon_footprint on July 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

if you acknowledge it, it will come around more. If you iggie it, it will leave.

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 11:59 AM

originalpechanga on July 30, 2008 at 11:43 AM

You sir have a wicked wit. Excellent.

JiangxiDad on July 30, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Does anyone have a link to the current law in effect right now? Or the list of applicable laws, if that’s the case? I found proposed legislation from 2005 which indicated States could opt-out of this moratorium if they requested it but I haven’t been able to find what is law now.

The fight should be taken to all levels of government here. make this a fight on the state level, just as Palin has in Alaska. Palin has been fighting for Alaskans. What have other state governments been doing for their respective people? Make every politician that opposes energy independence and “Produced in the USA” sweat.

And don’t forget to point out the union leaders who support all those Democrats who have driven all these high paying jobs from our shores.

Dusty on July 30, 2008 at 12:03 PM

He’s trolling this thread too?

carbon_footprint on July 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

if you acknowledge it, it will come around more. If you iggie it, it will leave.

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Got it, thanks for the tip. *whistling and looking around*

carbon_footprint on July 30, 2008 at 12:03 PM

It’s a question of who’s more dedicated to pleasing their base, and who is more committed to the ideals they have supported for years. Democrats, or Republicans.

The answer is simple, Democrats have been more dedicated to their base, and more attentive to those ideals they have long espoused than the Republicans. I think the Dems will win for that reason, the Republicans just want to stay and keep suckling at the teat of the American Taxpayer. The Democrats on the other hand want to bleed us dry, but that’s another story all together.

I expect the Dems to win in the end, and then we’ll all get fund raising notices from the Republicans about how hard they’re fighting for us.

Snake307 on July 30, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Will Congressional Dems back down on oil ban?

Nope, they can’t. The Democrats Communists have to much invested to back down now. In fact, I understand that Pelosi and Reid just took delivery of a truckload of shovels.

evilned on July 30, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Maybe we need Enron back to make sure we have all the power we need…

originalpechanga on July 30, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Would that be hotair or hydrogen?

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Dusty on July 30, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Dusty first off, you have to go by which State you live in. Then if you are looking for energy laws, LexisNexis is a good resource and interlinks State and Federal laws on exploration, producing and other items. Also PennWell, IHS and a few other Oil periodicals are a good resource for new laws concerning drilling, offshore, exploration, AND environmental issues and laws that pretain to oil and gas laws.

There is SO much to Oil and Gas and laws per each State it is amazing and a complete headache/nightmare!

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 12:09 PM

They WILL recess, and they will come back after Labor Day… Gas will be $3.50/gal… By ELECTION DAY gas will be $3.25/gal… The LEMMINGS will say “that’s wonderful”, and vote these MORONS back in office… No crystal ball on this end, just stating FACT… COMMENTS???

pueblo1032 on July 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM

I think you mught be on to something here. I would like to add that the Glow from the Messiah will cloud everyone’s eyes to the facts. Why even San Fran Nan will be blinded by the, oh wait. Never mind, she already is.

JohnnyD on July 30, 2008 at 12:11 PM

With Iraq looking good, if we can’t win on the energy issue, then we may as well quit.

I wish I were more confident that our side has the spine to pull it off.

petefrt on July 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM

what is a texas jew?

Monkei on July 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM

what is a texas jew?

Monkei on July 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Ed, I think it is time to ban someone. Please.

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 12:15 PM

but your right I have not been paying attention, I am too excited about finding out that Dan Quayle is on the final list for next year’s Dancing with the Stars … and watching some of the side steppers on here like Carbon HoofPrint wriggle their way around and navigate the bridge to nowhere on the other thread. Life is good.

Monkei on July 30, 2008 at 12:15 PM

what is a texas jew?

Monkei on July 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Class. We can always count on the left to pull race into the mix.

carbon_footprint on July 30, 2008 at 12:19 PM

was that an answer or another soundbite?

Monkei on July 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM

[upinak on July 30, 2008 at 12:09 PM]

Thanks, upinak. I haven’t tried L-N in years because last I tried it was fee based.

You are right, that oil and gas law is extremely complex and intertangled. Right now, I just wanted to know if any state, whose coast is affected by the moratorium has the freedom to tell the Fed’s “We opt out” thus setting up, or should I say expose, those state politicians who are currently hiding behind the “moratorium” from being required to take a stand. In addition, to preempt the next stonewall, I’d like to know how many miles out an opt-out would include. I’m thinking it might be as far as 100 miles, but I’d like to confirm that, too.

I’ll check out L-N now. Thanks.

Dusty on July 30, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Who the Hell does she think she is? The Queen?
DerKrieger on July 30, 2008 at 11:26 AM

a god, “thou shalt not drill”
jp on July 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Yes, she does have delusions of deity. She said twice yesterday, “I’m trying to save the planet!”

jgapinoy on July 30, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Yes. The smart thing to do for Pelosi and Reid is to back down on the drilling part.

They can have a graceful way out (‘save face’) too, by pretending they have heard what the American voters told them “To Drill!”.

Sir Napsalot on July 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Nope…. I see a different scene developing…

Just like on stopping the War, the dems will point to Republican obstructionism as the reason they can’t extend the ban…

It will look like they fought, which will keep the enviros happy, while still looseing, and then blame it on those EVIIILLLLLL Republicans.

Is the Shale oil ban need to be redone too? I notice Bush came out with new “guidelines” on it a couple weeks ago… was that in anticipation of the ban going bye bye?

Romeo13 on July 30, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Monkei on July 30, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Go away, you are a bigot and an annoying POS.

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 12:26 PM

I’m voting to save the planet! Waaaaaaa!

- The Cat

MirCat on July 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Dusty on July 30, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Depending on those States who have oast line for Offshore, it ranges. AK from experience is about 3 miles off the coast unless it has already been mandated federal land. ANWR is a good example as you can not drill off the coast where ANWR is. BUT there are mandates here that if you want to drill and there is a area, after exploration drilling that you want to set up, you can get permits to drill further off shore. North Star is a good example and well as Gull Island (which if you have read that book, the book is a total lie) but there are ways around it. North Star is actually a man made island so they could drill futher offshore AND not need a offshore rig.

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Dusty on July 30, 2008 at 12:22 PM

States only control 3 miles of water off their coasts, or water surrounded on three sides by state land. Old law, but still in force.

It was done so the US Navy would have both Freedom of the seas, and the ability to enforce Federal Maritime law there. The Posse Commitarus act does NOT include territorial waters, or Federal Land, so it gave the Navy free reign there.

Romeo13 on July 30, 2008 at 12:30 PM

This should be quite a spectacle if the dems continue to obstruct on this issue … they are trying to out-stupid the stupid party, and do it in a year that began with the table set for a huge victory for their party.

thirteen28 on July 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Pelosi and Reid, leadership you can count on. I can only hope they continue on their present course towards the rocks.

GarandFan on July 30, 2008 at 12:35 PM

The Senate Republicans have to stop this from getting to Bush’s desk. Bush cannot afford to veto an omnibus spending bill that includes all the usual social spending. he the “oil man” and Dems will spin this as Bush turning down heatng assistance for poor old ladies in Boston in order to help his cronies drill for more oil. But if the Senate Republicans can tie up the bill, Republicans can run ads all day long with the nutty videos of Harry reid and Nancy Pelosi, saying that Democrats are holding up drilling AND spending for little old ladies in Boston, all for what? To make the radical environmentalists happy?

rockmom on July 30, 2008 at 12:52 PM

thirteen28 on July 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Stupid is as stupid does. – Forest Gump.

I can only hope they continue on their present course towards the rocks.

GarandFan on July 30, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Does that mean we are going to drill their heads? That would be a dry hole for sure.

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 12:55 PM

rockmom on July 30, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Rockmom, who is he the “oil man”? Maybe it is me and I am on the second cup of coffee, but I didn’t understand your paragraph.

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

What part of 67% don’t Democrats understand?
………….. about 100% of the 67%?

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2008 at 11:21 AM

FIFY

cjs1943 on July 30, 2008 at 1:02 PM

What part of 67% don’t Democrats understand?

All of it! Idiots like Reid, Pelosi, Durbin, and the rest read newspapers and watch the news just like everyone else. They know that people are out there hurting, but they don’t give a rat’s patootie! All that matters to your typical Democrat is acquiring power and then holding on to it no matter what! Pelosi especially has now gotten to the delusional place where she thinks there is something “mystical” about holding the Speaker’s seat. So don’t expect anything major with these goofs regardless of what they are hearing and seeing right now. Their general philosophy is something along the lines of “Don’t confuse me with the facts, my mind is already made up!”

pilamaye on July 30, 2008 at 1:22 PM

They WILL recess, and they will come back after Labor Day… Gas will be $3.50/gal… By ELECTION DAY gas will be $3.25/gal… The LEMMINGS will say “that’s wonderful”, and vote these MORONS back in office… No crystal ball on this end, just stating FACT… COMMENTS???

pueblo1032 on July 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM

and then they will start refining more heating oil and reformulating the fuel, at least here in kookafornia for the 11 time this year and watch the prices shoot right back up like they always do. So you numb nuts want to get out of the swamp for aug. Bush should call for an emergency session and call all these lame numb nuts back to sit in the heat no ac and work until this problem is solved. Its aboput time they figure out what its like to sweat like a pig with no ac . Now do your damn job congress and stop trying to drill my wallet for more money .

and don’t talk to me about saving the damn planet Nancy you witch . How many pesticides , and sulfur and other chemicals do you spray yearly on your vineyards and how much power dose your non union hotels use ??? When was the last time you paid for gas out of your own pocket. Now STFU the planet told me it hates you , your like a cold it just cant shake and you give it the trotts.

Mojack420 on July 30, 2008 at 1:42 PM

I agree that Bush should call an emergency session AND everyone needs to be calling their reps and Pelosi to tell them to drill!

becki51758 on July 30, 2008 at 1:50 PM

It’s not only President Bush. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to be committed to this–filibuster everything, including a continuing spending resolution, unless a law allowing oil drilling in new leases can be attached to it. If the Democrats allow drilling through the Senate out of frustration, the Republicans can pin the blame squarely on the House, and on Pelosi, because she is blocking bringing the drilling bill up for debate, even though some Democrats would vote for it.

Use the Senate filibuster to take back the House–might be a winning strategy!

Steve Z on July 30, 2008 at 2:01 PM

This issue is a homerun for the GOP. McCain needs to hit the dems hard on this one.

pullingmyhairout on July 30, 2008 at 2:02 PM

I agree that Bush should call an emergency session AND everyone needs to be calling their reps and Pelosi to tell them to drill!

becki51758 on July 30, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Start the process for the petition now, then 2 weeks before they stop working… start calling EVERYONE and begin a special session on just Drilling.

It is done on every State… why not do it in the Senate and Congress? We elected the rejects, they better start working for us.

upinak on July 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

I don’t think GWB is up to the fight. After all of these years being portrayed as a dumb-ass and riduculed for anything and everything, I think he will just coast until January 2009. He won in Iraq. His legacy is secured. JMHO.

cjs1943 on July 30, 2008 at 2:35 PM

In the end, there can be only one……..highlander.

ThePrez on July 30, 2008 at 2:59 PM

I love the picture of Botox Pelosi and Cadaver Reid on the home page. Dawn of the Dead if I ever saw it. Robert Rodriguez should have put them in “Planet Terror”. A case of the near dead leading the arrogant and ignorant…..

adamsmith on July 30, 2008 at 3:22 PM

What part of 67% don’t Democrats understand?

The 33% is their kook base who worship Gaia and think we need to be punished.

Maybe I’m just feeling pessimistic, but I have a bad feeling the Republicans are going to screw this up. This election has turned the Republicans’ way, and they’re still discussing how many seats they’re going to lose.

misterpeasea on July 30, 2008 at 3:25 PM

It’s like an American Gothic form Hell.

PatriotPete on July 30, 2008 at 3:32 PM

The difference between the parties is striking. The Dems always play offense (don’t bother me with the facts) and the republicans seem to always play defense(but the facts are so plain). It would not work except for the fact that the MSM is nothing more than an extension of the Dems. The energy problems are an opportunity to not only retain the presidency but to take back the house (the senate would be a long shot) but I doubt if they are up to the task.

duff65 on July 30, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Even with a Republican ‘victory’ in November, it will still be a mess. It seems that the people who make good decisions have thrown their hands up, and walked way, while those who clearly demonstrate poor judgment are activist zealots on a crusade. The poor saps in the middle are just confused by it all.

There is no good outcome unless two things happen, the democrat blockade on oil is broken, and taxes come down. Otherwise, it will continue to be a muddled mess with the activist zealots screaming at the top of their lungs.

So it all comes down to the Republican party leadership in congress, and whether or not voters will speak up in support.

rockhauler on July 30, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Idiots like Reid, Pelosi, Durbin, and the rest read newspapers and watch the news just like everyone else. They know that people are out there hurting, but they don’t give a rat’s patootie! All that matters to your typical Democrat is acquiring power and then holding on to it no matter what!

pilamaye on July 30, 2008 at 1:22 PM

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They don’t mind folks hurting, as it is part of the democrat playbook. Bad economic news is good news for democrats. The more pain the average joe or jane suffers, the better the chances of dem pickups in November. Preventing drilling is not ignorance on their part, but a strategy. Who is John Galt?

Think_b4_speaking on July 30, 2008 at 4:30 PM

How can you crack something, that’s all ready cracked and broken beyond repair, like loony toons Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?

byteshredder on July 30, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Freddoso expects Nancy Pelosi to remain obstinate in supporting the ban, and hopes Republicans in both the House and Senate rise to her challenge:

Not holding my breath. A small step for a normal man; a giant step for a congressional GOP eunuch.

whitetop on July 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM

My suggestion is to plant demonstrators and signs saying “HONK IF YOU’RE FOR DRILLING!” on the closest D.C. street to Congress during rush hours — and then call all the TV networks and local stations

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 30, 2008 at 9:21 PM

Saying she wants to “Save the world” isn’t as over the top as one might think when compared to B Ho’s statement that he was going to “lower the oceans”.

darwin-t on July 31, 2008 at 8:07 AM