Hope and change: Obama reverses, will support offshore drilling as part of compromise

posted at 6:57 pm on August 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

An early dividend from today’s GOP House revolt? Nah. Obama’s simply on the wrong side of this issue politically and he knows it. And thanks to savvy Dems like Ken Salazar who think it’s a good idea to shrug off the prospect of $10 gas live with C-SPAN cameras rolling, Barry’s room to maneuver is narrowing by the day. Now that there’s momentum in the Senate for a compromise energy bill, the last partisan excuse to resist is disintegrating as we speak.

Let’s not call it a flip-flop. Rather, let’s borrow from his Iraq rhetoric and call it … a tactical readjustment.

Shifting from his previous opposition to expanded offshore drilling, the Illinois senator told a Florida newspaper he could get behind a compromise with Republicans and oil companies to prevent gridlock over energy…

“My interest is in making sure we’ve got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices,” Obama said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post.

“If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage — I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done.”

Reminds me of his Iraq hedging, right down to the maneuver-preserving choice of adjective (“we need to be as careful getting out…”). Exit question: Given that McCain is also open to alternative fuels, have we reached yet another unlikely meeting of the minds?


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Exit question: Given that McCain is open to alternative fuels as well as drilling, have we reached yet another unlikely meeting of the minds?

The root of McCain’s next ad should be: 1st to the positions we now share.

Spirit of 1776 on August 1, 2008 at 7:01 PM

If he and Obama have the same view on off-shore drilling, McCain will have to support drilling in Alaska to maintain a distinction.

Dead Hand Control on August 1, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Loser extraordinare. If he wins just put a giant weather vane on top of the White House.

darwin on August 1, 2008 at 7:02 PM

“This is not the off-shore drilling that I knew”, Barack Obama.

TooTall on August 1, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Well he has to generate the cashflow now to bribe each voter/family with $500 or $1000, right?

econavenger on August 1, 2008 at 7:05 PM

has he held any position longer then a week yet?

trailortrash on August 1, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Hope and change: Obama reverses, will support offshore drilling as part of compromise

Great flip-flop O-White guilt. Now I can deflate my tires.

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 7:06 PM

When will you people realize that the hope and change message means he is allowed to change his mind whenever it suits his purpose?

Les in NC on August 1, 2008 at 7:07 PM

You know, I was thinking earlier today that Obama’s surprising failure to flip on the drilling issue was a gift from above that we should be hammering at ever opportunity.

Fortunately for us, Nancy and the rest of the Dems are pretty dug in about the urgent need to save the planet.

Infidoll on August 1, 2008 at 7:07 PM

I think the McCain girls should go Hip-Hop and release “Obama Said Knock You Out” (Don’t call it a flip-flop)

D0WNT0WN on August 1, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Uhhhhh, this guy is laughable. What a joke.

marklmail on August 1, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Suggestions for lyrics?

D0WNT0WN on August 1, 2008 at 7:10 PM

If it’ll get him the White House, Obama would agree to public catheterization.

Scribbler on August 1, 2008 at 7:13 PM

Does this mean I can return that tire pressure gauge I went out and bought yesterday?

Mark1971 on August 1, 2008 at 7:13 PM

I wish these two buffoons would just spare us the crap, the cost, the emotional investment and name each other P, VP. Co-presidency, each serving 6 month terms. Can’t believe much from either in my opinion.

I may just tune out and start watching old Bonanza reruns and Clint Eastwood movies until High School wrestling and hunting season starts.

This BS from these two BSers is just pissing me off.

dhunter on August 1, 2008 at 7:13 PM

Ok, I get it. He was opposed to drilling but was always open to careful drilling.

This guy is a complete joke.

GogglesPisano on August 1, 2008 at 7:14 PM

He’ll change his mind back to opposing drilling by the end of next week. He’ll say he was misunderstood.

ToddonCapeCod on August 1, 2008 at 7:14 PM

What a way to end the week: with light, sweet, crude, hopenchanginess.

MB007 on August 1, 2008 at 7:14 PM

This makes #22 doesnt it? or is it #23? ummm

Is he trying to go for the Olympic Gold Medal in flip flopping?

becki51758 on August 1, 2008 at 7:15 PM

Wait- he just says “drilling”, not “drilling for oil”. I’ll bet he means drilling for dreams. Or something.

Chuck Schick on August 1, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Scribbler,
did you mean catheterization or castration? Cause Jessy the Jacksuuun offered to help him with the latter and I tend to agree with him on that one.

dhunter on August 1, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Actually, it might be a good thing he didn’t tell Nancy before she scuttled out of town.

This could be fun when they get back from recess.

tree hugging sister on August 1, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Wouldn’t it be great if Bambi’s moves to the right pushed McCain to the right to get a little differentiation?

“Bambi’s for off-shore drilling? Well, I’m for drilling in ANWR!”

misterpeasea on August 1, 2008 at 7:17 PM

This is even better than a flip-flop. On this issue, BHO held his ground as conditions all around him changed. But, unlike with most other issues, the facts couldn’t budge him. Now, while the facts have been unchanged since his last 10 defenses of no drilling, though prices have even dropped a bit, BHO has suddenly changed! Beauty.

progressoverpeace on August 1, 2008 at 7:18 PM

like ebonics and kwanzaa…Obama a change whose time has come!

elduende on August 1, 2008 at 7:20 PM

But…but… doesn’t he know America’s Mother-in-Law is trying to save the planet!!

Wethal on August 1, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Ha!!! Badgered into submission…weakling, hoping to win so he can reverse himself.
This will show he can’t lead…

right2bright on August 1, 2008 at 7:22 PM

But…but… doesn’t he know America’s Mother-in-Law is trying to save the planet!!

Wethal on August 1, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Seriously. Reid and Pelosi can’t be pleased. Bambi just drove the high-occupancy vehicle right over them.

misterpeasea on August 1, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Meeting of the minds!

I’m sure by tonight Obama’s team will be telling
us that McCains team ripped off Obama’s plan for
offshore drilling!

Even tho,the most powerful women in the entire
universe,Pelosi, is against it,offshore drilling!

Me thinks the enviromental wackos when they meet
in Denver are going to have a few choice words on
Hopey and Changey!!

canopfor on August 1, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Tomorrow’s NYT headline:

“Obama Supports Offshore Drilling. Copycat McCain Sees the Light and Agrees.”

landshark on August 1, 2008 at 7:26 PM

And the Gang of Ten is conspiring to shaft Harry in the Senate.

Good times, good times.

Wethal on August 1, 2008 at 7:26 PM

I wonder if he changed his mind in his SUV, on his erf-killing jet, or AFTER feeling the heat of the polls when the GOP stayed in D.C. to do the job our tax dollars are paying them to do.

madmonkphotog on August 1, 2008 at 7:30 PM

What a scumbag… though many a pundit had predicted this. Let’s see if he takes any heat from the media and/or the left for this one.

RightWinged on August 1, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Wait a minute folks, as we all know, he`s said from the beginning we need to look at more domestic drilling. :)

ThePrez on August 1, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Redeployment to Afghanistan. Oops wrong issue. But redeployment still stands. Obambi has been doing a whole lot of redeployment lately, the most recent is his obvious attempt to use the worn out race card.

tarpon on August 1, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Ah, the “new” politics — telling the voters whatever the polls say they want to hear, offering to bribe them with big government give-aways, playing the race card . . . .

I’m so glad Lightworker Obama is above that kind of crap. No wonder all the lefties love this guy so much.

AZCoyote on August 1, 2008 at 7:33 PM

The root of McCain’s next ad should be: 1st to the positions we now share.

Spirit of 1776 on August 1, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Maybe a sled dog, with McCain at the lead and Obama with his nose stuck up his *ss.
“If you aren’t the lead dog, the view never changes”.

right2bright on August 1, 2008 at 7:35 PM

I want my $1000 now … This poor guy isn’t even an intelligent post turtle.

tarpon on August 1, 2008 at 7:36 PM

See you later everyone, off to the Olympics for a couple of weeks…to watch our gals win the Gold in Water Polo, our men medal in Water Polo and our American swim team kick some booooty…

right2bright on August 1, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Can someone make a list of the values Obama hasn’t abandoned yet?

1) Taxes need to be higher

that’s all Ive got

Chuck Schick on August 1, 2008 at 7:37 PM

I’m expecting him to flip-flop on raising taxes after the convention.

Mark1971 on August 1, 2008 at 7:40 PM

When will you people realize that the hope and change message means he is allowed to change his mind whenever it suits his purpose?
Les in NC on August 1, 2008 at 7:07 PM

While hoping no one notices.

atxcowgirl on August 1, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Abortion

Affirmative action

Card-check elections for union organizing

Opposition to school vouchers

He can throw the enviroweenies under the bus, but not the blacks, union members and feminists. If they don’t turn out, he’s doomed.

Wethal on August 1, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Weenie.

Has he come around to nuclear power yet? I know McCain wants to build dozens of nuclear power plants. I think people are coming around on that too. I think that $4 gas really changed some people’s perspectives.

A few years ago Bush was talking about new refineries and nuclear plants and most people just shrugged it off. No more.

Terrye on August 1, 2008 at 7:43 PM

— I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done I don’t get elected.”

Fixed it for Him.

Maquis on August 1, 2008 at 7:43 PM

I guess I shouldn’t get so pissed off at least I’ve still got my guns and religion!

Wonder how this will play out at the dumbs convention. Methinks they are going to need a lot more of those cages as Obammasiah has just about thrown the whole dumb party, his whole family, all past associates, and his country under the “Omommy hopey changey for president bus” er high occupancy vehicle (I like that one).

Maybe I’ll start making and selling nuroot cages for the convention do they need to have rubber bars and single sheets of toilet paper?

Greenpeace will need the large version after the lastest flounder flop.

dhunter on August 1, 2008 at 7:45 PM

But I thought we will only get a few cents off the gas at the pump if we drill offshore?

Seems like a pretty poor investment, Obama.

doodleduh on August 1, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Naturally, the media will have no interest in analyzing just how much backbone President Obama is likely to show following through on this commitment with a Dem controlled congress. Instead, we can expect hours and hours of Mr. Tingle and the MSNBC all-stars gushing about this brilliant political flanking manuever (“not since Lee at Chancellorsville….”).

Oy.

Infidoll on August 1, 2008 at 7:55 PM

As I’ve said before – Obama doesn’t have “positions.” He has apparent positions. McCain should probably just speak about Obama’s apparent position on this, that, or the other thing – or maybe “my opponent’s firm apparent position pending revision.”

In other words if you don’t like Obama’s policies, be patient – just not possessive. Or in New Age talk: If you truly love the Messiah, you must love him with an open hand.

CK MacLeod on August 1, 2008 at 7:59 PM

ruh-roh, so now Barry’s all about despoiling the planet to satisfy greedy carbon hog Americans?

His friends in Berlin will not approve.

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 8:03 PM

This is a pretty big jump. I was disappointed when McCain did it, now that they’ve both flipped on this issue I’m pissed.

Typhonsentra on August 1, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Obama will SAY or DO ANYTHING to get elected for HIMSELF.

Chakra Hammer on August 1, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Obama’s team knows that if he and John McCain have the same proposed policies that it becomes all about personality, and if it comes down to a popularity contest we all know who’s going to win. He’s not going to let some minor detail like his current position on, well, anything, get in the way of getting elected.

Without the media hammering Obama on his complete lack of substance between now and election day, I don’t see any way to fight this. Except the Paris/Britney ad, that was brilliant.

free-thinker on August 1, 2008 at 8:16 PM

Shifting from his previous opposition to expanded offshore drilling plan for proper vehicle tire inflation, the Illinois senator told a Florida newspaper he could get behind a compromise with Republicans and oil companies to prevent gridlock over energy…

[You really should be an MSM editor ... Yes, I should -Ed.]

Dusty on August 1, 2008 at 8:17 PM

OBAMA WUZ AGAINST IT BEFORE HE WAS FOR IT.

reliapundit on August 1, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Change.

thankful on August 1, 2008 at 8:23 PM

What happened to us getting just as much oil as “they’re” talking about drilling if we just inflate our tires?

Maybe when this dunce gets around to telling us he’s been for drilling all along he’ll claim he was for much more expansive drilling.

RW_theoriginal on August 1, 2008 at 8:23 PM

It depends on the meaning of support.
I’ll believe it when I see it.

diogenes on August 1, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Damn and I just got my tires inflated to the right pressure too.

elduende on August 1, 2008 at 9:04 PM

Obama’s problem is not this flip-flop. This flip-flop was a political necessity. Obama’s problem is that already he has used up the grace of flip flops the public gives candidates for this office, and the drilling flip-flop is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and a nail in his political coffin.

It seemed clear to even a recreational observer that Obama would have to flip-flop on this issue. Better for him that he’s doing it sooner, rather than later. And better for us that McCain in his ads has nailed this weasel on the issue before he could CHANGE.

petefrt on August 1, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Sounds like a Flip Flop to me.

Next thing he will say is that “He has ALWAYS been a strong advocate of drilling for years!. In fact he has dedicated his life to more drilling.”

He is full of it.

winged on August 1, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Evidently this has caught Reid and Pelosi off guard. Nothing like being thrown under the bus without warning. Wonder which parts of the Chosen One they’d like to cut off right now?

GarandFan on August 1, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Best way to exploit this?

I say have McCain promote it everywhere about how glad he is that Obama has come to agree with him that the situation has changed and requires the opening of offshore areas to drilling. Talk about how much help Obama will be in getting a bill through the Senate, and then often and publicly call on Obama for his support in getting such a bill through the Senate- and then the House.

No flip flop charges- why bother with that. Instead make Obama squirm and offend all the eviromental supporters- and for goodness sakes, make sure Obama offends them before the conventions so that the threat of a floor vote becomes ever greater against Obama- even though Obama will surely win, it would be great to show how extreme his party is. It will also help lower the enthusiasm of his supporters.

Much better then a simple flip flop charge that will be forgotten by November.

Sackett on August 1, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Hope and change we can believe in!

JimK on August 1, 2008 at 9:36 PM

He’ll change his mind back to opposing drilling by the end of next week. He’ll say he was misunderstood.

ToddonCapeCod on August 1, 2008 at 7:14 PM

Inartful, maybe?

fossten on August 1, 2008 at 9:37 PM

So, how is his new buddy Al Gore gonna react to this?

JimK on August 1, 2008 at 9:40 PM

Obama’s flip-flops in no particular order (from jgapinoy.blogspot.com):
1) was against 1990s welfare reform, now for it
2) was for Washington, DC gun ban, now against it
3) was against death penalty for any reason, now favors it for child rapists and Osama Bin Laden
4) was against NAFTA, now for it
5) was against Cuban embargo, now for it
6) promised to accept campaign spending limits/matching funds if McCain did, now refuses to participate
7) was “strongly” against FISA, a few days ago voted for it
8) was against homosexual marriage, now supports it (a rare leftward move)
9) was vocally against displaying displaying patriotism via flag lapel pins, now wears one
10) was against Jerusalem being the undivided capital of Israel, now for it
11) was for chatting unconditionally with Iran’s President AckMyDumbJihad, now for conditions
12) had promised never to “disown” Reverend Wright, now Wright is disowned
13) for 20 years was for family’s membership in hateful so-called church “Trinity”, now against it
14) was for mental health exceptions for partial-birth abortions, now against them
15) voted against laws protecting abortion survivors, now for such laws
16) claimed to be for several town hall-style debates with Senator McCain, but his campaign later said only one, and only at a time no one would watch (Independence Day)
17) was promising to never use negative ads, now using them
18) was against President Bush’s faith-based initiatives, now for them
19) demanded that Bush boycott Olympic opening ceremonies, now he’s buying ads during those ceremonies that financially support them
20) was for pulling troops out of Iraq per timetable, with little or no regard to conditions, now “entirely conditions-based”
21) two years ago, promised to bring assistance to impoverished African school where 10 of his relatives attend, but nothing yet
22) said in June that “my party” wouldn’t take money from registered lobbyists or PACs, but his campaign has accepted $15,000 from lobbyists
23)was against all offshore drilling, now for it as long as it’s “carefully circumscribed”

jgapinoy on August 1, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Soon, drilling will be all Obama’s idea. Just wait and see.

aero on August 1, 2008 at 10:42 PM

LOL.. this means Pelosi is going to cave. I heard the reason she pulled Harry Reid off of the Senate bipartisan bill was because she didn’t want Obama to have to vote on off-shore drilling since he has been so steadfast against it.

Texas Gal on August 1, 2008 at 10:49 PM

MoveOn.org just released an ad on Wednesday calling McCain’s support of offshore drilling a “gimmick.”

How long until the call Sen. Obama’s support a gimmick? I’m not holding my breath.

It's Vintage, Duh on August 1, 2008 at 11:27 PM

So when all other things fail, Comrade Waffle may try a little commonsense–not much, but a little–as long we all agree it was his idea to start with.

RBMN on August 1, 2008 at 11:28 PM

OK, so now that Obama has the same policies as McCain on every subject including Oil drilling and Iraq, what is the difference between the two candidates again? Oh, that’s right. My Bad. I forgot, McCain is the Wannabe Democrat, while Obama is the real Democrat. Silly me, it’s just getting so darned hard to keep track of who’s on the liberal side anymore.

Snake307 on August 1, 2008 at 11:46 PM

Snake307 on August 1, 2008 at 11:46 PM

The difference is, that by next week Obama will have moved on to a different position altogether, until after he’s elected and sworn in, and then he can just let his inner socialist out. A foolish spendthrift socialist.

RBMN on August 2, 2008 at 12:05 AM

What a scumbag… though many a pundit had predicted this. Let’s see if he takes any heat from the media and/or the left for this one.

RightWinged on August 1, 2008 at 7:30 PM

I was one of them pundits…and also predict that by Nov. he’ll claim to be 50% white.

Dream on RW, on the media going negative on him, for anything.

Entelechy on August 2, 2008 at 12:13 AM

Obama… it’s the new McCain!

THIS sort of thing is why the wheels are falling off the BH&O railroad.

Mojave Mark on August 2, 2008 at 1:23 AM

jgapinoy on August 1, 2008 at 10:09 PM

I bet your fingers are all wore out from typing all these flip flops. :)

becki51758 on August 2, 2008 at 6:40 AM

BHO was wrong on the surge and know he has proven himself wrong on his energy “fill you tires” policy. Two of the biggest issues facing the USA Iraq and Energy BHO first impules were wrong. The Americian people should be made aware of this. It is not his present conditions that seperate him and McCain but the character and inability of BHO to be right on the issues at the beginiing. Anyone can be a “johnny come lately” to the issue and have 20/20 hindsight. BHO has proven he can not be trusted to make wise decsions on important matters.

That should be the theme. BHO can not be TRUSTED to make wise descsions. BO can not be TRUSTED to make wise decsions on Iraq, on energy, on visting the troops, on his choice of a preacher, on his choice of friends, on “sit downs”/forgeign policy with our enemies BHO can NOT be TRUSTED.

McCain needs to hammer that home. Reagan was able to win because he convinced voters that he could be trusted. McCain needs to hammer home that BHO can NOT be TRUSTED to make wise decsions IRT USA citizens.

unseen on August 2, 2008 at 7:46 AM

Instead make Obama squirm and offend all the environmental supporters- and for goodness sakes, make sure Obama offends them before the conventions so that the threat of a floor vote becomes ever greater against Obama- even though Obama will surely win, it would be great to show how extreme his party is. It will also help lower the enthusiasm of his supporters.

Much better then a simple flip flop charge that will be forgotten by November.

Sackett on August 1, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Yes! His support of drilling should be leveraged into drilling support in Congress and used to undermine the support of the carbon-nazi wing of his party.

petefrt on August 2, 2008 at 8:13 AM

He waited until Pelosi & Co. shut off the lights and left town?
I question the timing. (For real this time:)

dentalque on August 2, 2008 at 8:21 AM

jgapinoy on August 1, 2008 at 10:09 PM

I bet your fingers are all wore out from typing all these flip flops. :)

becki51758 on August 2, 2008 at 6:40 AM

My math skills are being stretched– I ran out of fingers & toes!

jgapinoy on August 2, 2008 at 9:25 AM

I’ll say it again. McCain better get his sorry ass up to the mosquito ridden barren tundra called ANWR and send back pictures of this “pristine wilderness”, then change his position on allowing Alaskans to drill and make a decent living there before Obmassiah beats him to it.

dhunter on August 2, 2008 at 12:49 PM

It’s like FISA all over again!

Seixon on August 2, 2008 at 1:38 PM

NEXT:

Obama clarifies that he’s for off-shore drilling by Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela: NOT the USA!!!

landlines on August 2, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Gee, is McCain angling to be Obama’s veep or is Obama maneuvering to be McCain’s veep?

{O,o} <- crazed

herself on August 2, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Wanted: Third party candidate.

Must be sane and willing to legally change his name to “None of the Above”.

landlines on August 2, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Let’s not forget Juan McShame “changed his mind” on offshore drilling just 2 months ago. I seem to remember the H/A group moaning about his opposition last year.

Can you say, selective alzheimers?

DanKenton on August 2, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Taking both sides of the issue again I see…and he does it with a straight face. Incredible.

Wyznowski on August 2, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Hope and change: Obama reverses, will support offshore drilling as part of compromise

Can we now expect to see an ad, with OBLAHBLAH actually working on an off shore platform, DRILLING for OIL, or SHOOTING BASKETS with the crew?

byteshredder on August 3, 2008 at 3:35 PM