Reid, Pelosi redeploy over the event horizon on gas prices

posted at 9:59 am on August 1, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Congress has adjourned, and normally that would cause great rejoicing among the multitudes who fear for their life, liberty, and property.  Unfortunately, in this case, Congress failed to take necessary action to end our dependence on foreign sources of energy as well as reverse the huge price increases on fuel through boosting American supply.  As the Wall Street Journal points out, this is not benign neglect, but malicious inaction in preventing a majority from adopting common-sense policy:

Hell — otherwise known as Congress — has officially frozen over. For the first time since the 1950s, Members will skip town today for the August recess without either chamber having passed a single appropriations bill. Then again, Democrats appear ready to sacrifice their whole agenda, even spending, rather than allow new domestic energy production.

Or even a mere debate about energy. The Democratic leadership is stonewalling any measure that might possibly relax the Congressional ban on offshore drilling. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid know that they would lose if a vote ever came to the floor, and they’re desperate to suppress an insurrection among those Democrats who are pragmatic about one of the top economic issues. Behind this whatever-it-takes obstructionism is an ideological commitment to high energy prices. The rulers of the Democratic Party want prices to keep rising. …

Normally, the spending hiatus would be a useful byproduct of Congressional bickering. But in this case the shutdown is malign neglect. Surging energy prices act like a huge tax increase on the economy, since energy demand is relatively fixed over the short term. The price spike is imposing genuine hardships on middle-income and working-class voters across the country.

The Democratic leadership isn’t oblivious to this man-at-the-pump reality. But Al Gore’s vision of the apocalyptic tides of climate change perfectly expresses their mentality: Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid see soaring prices as a public good — the mechanism that will force energy enlightenment on the U.S. If anything, they think the price of gas is too low. As recently as June, the Senate debated a multitrillion-dollar carbon tax-and-regulation scheme that was designed to boost energy costs. A new version will be a priority in the next Administration.

The carbon regulation scheme wasn’t the only example of Democratic efforts to raise the costs of fuel even further. James Oberstar (D-MN) proposed raising the federal gas tax another ten cents per gallon, purportedly to cover a deficit in the highway fund.  However, while calling on Americans to sacrifice to cover that deficit, porksters like Oberstar had larded up transportation bills with earmarks well in excess of the deficit.

Translation: We need to sacrifice so Oberstar and his cronies can get their pork.

But that’s not the real reason why Democrats wanted to see the prices go up on energy.  Barack Obama himself hinted at it during an interview:

It’s not just about reducing demand and environmental concerns. They want the price to keep escalating so that they can spend billions of dollars on pet mass-transportation projects, as well as impose more and more government control over energy production. Maxine Waters and Maurice Hinchey made the mistake of explicitly revealing this during Congressional hearings on gas prices, but it’s the direction in which Democrats have headed since the Malaise Speech, 31 years ago.

Democrats want to maximize the pain felt at the pump and at the grocery store in order to make Americans mad enough to support their vision of nationalized energy production and energy rationing. However, the Democrats apparently didn’t count on the rise being as rapid or as enlightening as it became.  While Reid and Pelosi demonized oil companies, Americans quickly understood who the real villains are — the Democrats who have blocked domestic oil production for more than a generation.

Reid and Pelosi didn’t block these votes because they’re winning; they blocked them because they’ve lost.  The adjournment is a retreat, an attempt to get around the fact that they belong to shrinking minority of Cassandras who shriek about global warming as a cover for their true designs on energy.  If Americans continue awakening from their slumber, it could be their last retreat.


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Reid and Pelosi are banking on an Obama win in November. Plain and simple. They’ll sit on every appropriation bill and major piece of legislation until next year so they can enact their agenda unencumbered by GOP opposition.

Queasy on August 1, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Pelosi’s complete ignorance and arrogance on this issue is nauseating.

Obama’s EARrogance is typical… he needs her to prop him up.

singlemalt_18 on August 1, 2008 at 10:05 AM

The Democrat Party is mired in complete corrupt, absolute incompetence and is dripping malice from every slimy crevice.

Democrats should wear masks over their faces when they accept a paycheck for providing the American people a steaming pile of cow dung, as usual.

Congressional Democrats are just useless, worthless people. They should be hurled bodily from elected office.

NoDonkey on August 1, 2008 at 10:05 AM

What percentage of the voting population even knows that congress is purposefully keeping gasoline prices as artificially highly as possible?

Imagine what a great country this would be if only people paid more attention.

Akzed on August 1, 2008 at 10:07 AM

If drilling won’t solve anything, as the Democrats claim, then by logical extension, they should be supporting efforts to stop drilling in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and any other state right now, because it’s not solving the energy problem.

jon1979 on August 1, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Great post Ed!

Congress has adjourned, and normally that would cause great rejoicing among the multitudes who fear for their life, liberty, and property

So sad because it is so true…

TheBigOldDog on August 1, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Do you think the pressure on them will get heavy enough by election time so that they’ll vote for it in October and take credit for it while it is still fresh in everyone’s minds?

Just speculating … (not the money-making kind)

BigD on August 1, 2008 at 10:08 AM

They can’t allow votes on energy until after the election, because Obama will be left out on the fringe, on a lonely ledge, if the majority of Democrats in Congress have to put up or shut up.

RBMN on August 1, 2008 at 10:08 AM

There’s a whole genre of literature that details the fall of great empires. This type of situation is always present during the decline. Yeah, yeah, I know, our best days are ahead of us.

JiangxiDad on August 1, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Fire them in November. They want control over energy and our freedom at the cost of selling our economy to those who despise us. And they get angry when we question their patriotism.

amr on August 1, 2008 at 10:10 AM

I do hope that American’s awake from their slumber. The fight between the lies of the Democrats and the MSM and the truth of supply and demand must be won. If we don’t start drilling for oil and mining more coal and oil shale we will be in increasing trouble. If the people figure out the truth it’ll be as Glenn Beck says, torches and pitch forks time. It’ll be the Democrats running for cover. One can dream.

Ordinary1 on August 1, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Good post. The Republican Party needs to hammer this into the electorate that the Democrats are costing EVERYONE money at the pump (including and especially the TEAMSTERS truck drivers’ union). Here’s a post I made on a blog that incorporated the video of the debate in the senate from here. I agree, this is a winner for the GOP. They should hammer home the idea that CONGRESS is to blame for high gas prices.

It is so obvious that they don’t care about Americans that it is pathetic. Of course with California facing a 15 billion dollar deficit by themselves, you would think the government there would be looking for new ways to generate revenue like offshore drilling.

ThackerAgency on August 1, 2008 at 10:12 AM

There is a fine line between insanity and liberalism. Peloser and Reid have removed all doubt that they have crossed it. It was only a matter of time.

volsense on August 1, 2008 at 10:13 AM

QUIET MASSES. Lady Pelosi is saving the planet!!

In the meantime, “Let them eat cake.”

jukin on August 1, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Of course with California facing a 15 billion dollar deficit by themselves, you would think the government there would be looking for new ways to generate revenue like offshore drilling.

ThackerAgency on August 1, 2008 at 10:12 AM

You’d think. The lie of Global Warming is doing more damage than any actual warming could ever do.

Ordinary1 on August 1, 2008 at 10:14 AM

If Bush had any cajones left, he would be issuing an executive order right now demanding that every single solitary member of Congress get their sorry butt back to Washington and get this energy issue taken care of right now, and not one of them will be allowed to leave until they do! Let these assclowns start earning their salaries for a healthy change of pace!

pilamaye on August 1, 2008 at 10:15 AM

“They should hammer home the idea that CONGRESS is to blame for high gas prices.”

DEMOCRAT CONGRESS

NoDonkey on August 1, 2008 at 10:18 AM

A “Gang of 10″ in the Senate (including my Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) GA) has just reached a bi-partisan compromise on drilling (with a 50 mile “buffer” off-shore), nuclear energy, tax breaks for purchasing energy efficient cars, and so forth. Being a “paranoid” Republican, I look forward to parsing the details, if that’s alright with Obama.

If I were a Dem I’d also be pushing to force Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi out of their leadership positions since it’s clear they are abject failures.

Buy Danish on August 1, 2008 at 10:18 AM

INACTION in action.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 1, 2008 at 10:19 AM

“They should hammer home the idea that CONGRESS is to blame for high gas prices.”

DEMOCRAT CONGRESS

NoDonkey on August 1, 2008 at 10:18 AM

No, the entire congress. But what they could say is that the Republicans understand the problem and are working to fix it. The Democrats want to maintain the bad policy that Congress has had in place regardless of what emergency situations are facing the American people.

If the Democrats can’t spend more of your tax dollars to fix a crisis, they don’t want to fix it.

ThackerAgency on August 1, 2008 at 10:22 AM

It is too bad this is happening in slow motion and mostly behind closed doors because I think this is their “Katrina”. I don’t know if it will happen fast enough for November but it is going to bite them in the buttski eventually. And it the government “owned” the oil companies and directly benefitted from the money there would be exploration anywhere and everywhere.

Cindy Munford on August 1, 2008 at 10:22 AM

MALICIOUS

Quoted for truth, emphasis added.

RushBaby on August 1, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Vote.
Vote them out.

carbon_footprint on August 1, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Do environmentalist reproduce?

Cindy Munford on August 1, 2008 at 10:29 AM

The current oil shartage has a single source, Democrats

tarpon on August 1, 2008 at 10:29 AM

OT from Politico: OBAMA ANNOUNCES: OIL COMPANIES WOULD FUND $1,000 CHECKS TO FAMILIES…
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12237.html

This arrogant man is buying votes at $500 per person and $1000 per family and the genius part of it is the oil companies will foot the bill. Simply amazing.

carbon_footprint on August 1, 2008 at 10:29 AM

It’s not just about reducing demand and environmental concerns. They want the price to keep escalating so that they can spend billions of dollars on pet mass-transportation projects, as well as impose more and more government control over energy production.

The ‘progressive’ scenario reduces the energy crisis into a platform for a federal power grab… to advance the leftist social, cultural, and political transformation, based on the views and tactics of Marx, Gramsci, Chomsky, et al. Folks need to understand that their side of the enviro debate is less about the environment and more about their power over our daily living.

petefrt on August 1, 2008 at 10:30 AM

And it the government “owned” the oil companies and directly benefitted from the money there would be exploration anywhere and everywhere.

Cindy Munford on August 1, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Actually, while Exxon made 12 billion dollars last quarter in profits, they paid the government 35 billion dollars in taxes. They may not ‘own’ the oil companies but they sure benefit more than the oil companies already. They want a ‘windfall profits’ tax, but how much more can they take to make a difference if 35 billion/quarter isn’t enough?

ThackerAgency on August 1, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Imagine what a great country this would be if only people paid more attention.

Akzed on August 1, 2008 at 10:07 AM

But that would mean missing American Idol and Dancing with the Stars and….
Great point, if people paid more attention to their government, about 80% of our politicians would not be in office.

carbon_footprint on August 1, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Here’s another amendment that McConnell could try: Give in to the Democrats plan while stipulating that each senator and representative will take a pay cut of $50,000. That would make their pay $119,300. (House/Senate leaders would drop to $138,100. San Fran Nan would drop to $167,400. They can afford it. They’re rich.)

$50,000 x 535 = $26.75 billion

That money could be used as tax break for American citizens to offset the increased food and fuel prices while transitioning to alternative fuels. Think Congress would ever do that? The Republicans could state their support for energy transition as well as supporting the average citizen by sacrificing their pay. It would force the Dems to choose between their agenda and their own self-interests (their pocketbooks). Take away some other perks (car rentals, etc.) and the savings to the taxpayer could increase.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 1, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Members will skip town today for the August recess without either chamber having passed a single appropriations bill.

In an election year no less! How much pork was left behind as the Congresscritters go home to campaign? Here”s hoping that they get their ears so boxed by angry constituents they come back and demand Pelosi and Reid stop stalling and let them vote for drilling!

highhopes on August 1, 2008 at 10:37 AM

If we blame environmentalists for influencing the democratic insane positions on energy, why doesn’t anybody ever mentions any names? Thats like blaming Mikie. Who are the environmentalists that are involved?

volsense on August 1, 2008 at 10:37 AM

It is too bad this is happening in slow motion and mostly behind closed doors because I think this is their “Katrina”. I don’t know if it will happen fast enough for November but it is going to bite them in the buttski eventually. And it the government “owned” the oil companies and directly benefitted from the money there would be exploration anywhere and everywhere.

Cindy Munford on August 1, 2008 at 10:22 AM

If winter comes early Cindy, you can bet the folks in the northeast will be screaming about their heating oil prices.

Rovin on August 1, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 1, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Oops! I was off by a factor of 1000.

Asking the Congress to drop their pay by $50,000 would save $26.75 million

Well, it would still save us in the long run.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 1, 2008 at 10:40 AM

“No, the entire congress.”

No, the DEMOCRAT Congress.

They put this idiot Pelosi in the position she so incompetently occupies. She remains there because of DEMOCRATS.

They can remove her. They won’t.

She will not permit a vote on drilling.

This is completely the fault of idiot Democrats. Just a worthless, useless and corrupt party of absolute jackasses.

NoDonkey on August 1, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Who do I see about starting a revolution?

These people need to be evicted from power by force if necessary. They are blatantly ignoring the will of the people. They are not kings and queens … they are elected under the premise of representation, not as overlords … and they refuse to represent the interests of the people.

I know things are out of control when even my wife, who tends to refrain from political hysteria thinks the people (that’s us) need to do something drastic. These people WILL NOT relinquish power or control willingly and the ballot box appears to be useless. They will tell you what you want to hear then when in office succumb to the leftist overlords.

darwin on August 1, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Actually, while Exxon made 12 billion dollars last quarter in profits, they paid the government 35 billion dollars in taxes.
ThackerAgency on August 1, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Did you see Shep Smith demagogue the matter last night on his news show. Disgusting.

Will someone please tell Shep that big profits aren’t the same as big profitability, however much the demagogues want to lead you to that assumption. No one wants to mention the numbers that actually describe profitability, such as profit margins and earnings-per-share, which put Exxon and the oil companies in line with other major companies and industry sectors.

petefrt on August 1, 2008 at 10:45 AM

petefrt on August 1, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Exactly! We need to mandate that before any kid graduates from high school or registers to vote, they must understand the difference between profit and profit margin.

Another example of failed government education.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 1, 2008 at 10:47 AM

So the same people who dragged their feet in order to belabor ongoing support of this country’s security while in the minority of congress have used the same tactics now that they are the majority?

I am shocked!!

The only solution is to vote in more Democrats and raise taxes…..

Hening on August 1, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Ed,

Cassandra might not be the best analogy to use. Her curse was true prophecy that was never believed…not the brush I would use to paint Pelosi/Reid.

BB on August 1, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Funny,

how I get severely chastised and roundly criticised, whenever I tell someone I blindly pull the lever on a straight Republican ticket,

isn’t it.

franksalterego on August 1, 2008 at 10:56 AM

I just read something over on John Hawkins page that the off shore drilling ban EXPIRES in October.

If true, then the oil companies can start boring holes in the ocean.

That would be so rich! All these lamebrained envirowhackos going off the deep end because of a sunset provision Reid & Pelosi appear to have missed. :)

http://rightwingnews.com/#post12104

evilned on August 1, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Bush should call congress back for the Dhimmicrat convention at the end of August.

Annar on August 1, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Actually, while Exxon made 12 billion dollars last quarter in profits, they paid the government 35 billion dollars in taxes. They may not ‘own’ the oil companies but they sure benefit more than the oil companies already. They want a ‘windfall profits’ tax, but how much more can they take to make a difference if 35 billion/quarter isn’t enough?

ThackerAgency on August 1, 2008 at 10:31 AM

But over and over in the news and on the floor of Congress we are told that the oil companies are receiving tax payer funded subsidies? Is it any wonder the American people don’t know whether to sh*t or go blind? It makes you wonder if we ever hear the truth or we do hear ALL of the truth just in sound bites so jumbled that we never know. Most distressing.

Cindy Munford on August 1, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Last nite CNN had a running “meter” of oil company profits during one broadcast. They are really in the tank for the Dems. Never a mention of how much (or how little) those profits increase the price of a gallon of gasoline, or how that compares to the federal gas tax.

Paul-Cincy on August 1, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Downright negligent inaction. Absolutely ridiculous that Congress can recess without addressing this problem. And there’s nothing we can do about it.

brak on August 1, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Great post Ed… Doing the work the MSM refuses to do!

Keemo on August 1, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Another example of failed government education.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 1, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Perfect opportunity for me to put another shameless plug for the classical education movement.

shick on August 1, 2008 at 11:04 AM

let’s see how united the dems are on Sept 30 when the GOP stalls the re-approprations bill in order to force the discontinuance of the off shore drilling ban. the threat of a gov’t shut down just 30 days before the election with lower energy prices as the fulcrum point will be just the wedge issue McCain will need to tip the election in his favor.

drill here, drill now, pay less vs. dont drill, never drill pay more.

DrW on August 1, 2008 at 11:06 AM

DrW on August 1, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Stocking up on popcorn!

The big question will be, will the American people accept the truth of simple economics? or buy the lies of Global Warming and “big oil” profits from the Democrats and MSM?

Ordinary1 on August 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM

There’s never enough rocks.

Forest Gump

fogw on August 1, 2008 at 11:15 AM

I just read something over on John Hawkins page that the off shore drilling ban EXPIRES in October.

[evilned on August 1, 2008 at 10:57 AM]

It makes sense. It is a yearly renewed moratorium, but the moratorium is actually a ban on the DOI spending any portion of their funding wrt OCS leasing in question. I suspect the moratorium covers 2008 Funding.

I wonder if DOI funding has been passed or piece-mealed at all for 2009. If the Dems in Congress are this adamant about preventing the lapse, they’ll stonewall DOI Appropriations for 2009 until the last possible moment.

I wonder how a continuing resolution wrt Funding for DOI might be affected by an unrenewed 2008 moratorium? That might be the Dems actual last, last, last redeployment but it could get them to January.

Dusty on August 1, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Stocking up on popcorn!

Ordinary1 on August 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Buying it now before the price goes up some more!

Ordinary1 on August 1, 2008 at 11:19 AM

“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” (author unknown)

“The surest sign that intelligent life exists in todays congress is predicated on their ability to apply any form of logic or reason. Having found none predominately on the Democratic side, we can conclude that intelligence is relative to lefts ability to reach between their legs and pull their head out of their asses.” (Rovin)

Start impeachment proceedings against Pelosi and Reid for putting this nation in economic peril for political gain—-a criminal act.

Rovin on August 1, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Wonder twin Powers… ACTIVATE!!!

Reid: Form of an airplane! so I can fly the heck outa town without doing my job….

Pelosi: Form of Giant Flying Vulture… So I can watch from my Government Privat Airplane as I fly over mid America, and want the Peasants suffer….

Romeo13 on August 1, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Worst Congress in U.S. History.

ronsfi on August 1, 2008 at 11:27 AM

The adjournment is a retreat, an attempt to get around the fact that they belong to shrinking minority of Cassandras who shriek about global warming as a cover for their true designs on energy.

The reference to Cassandra is inapt. Cassandra is famous for having been disbelieved, rejected, and right.

Kralizec on August 1, 2008 at 11:28 AM

With all the price increases, US consumption of gasoline is down 3% since last Summer. That is the pay-off. That is what the Democrats are after. In order to secure that miniscule decrease in US consumption, they are willing to trash the economy, trigger massive inflation, bust the budget and put our country at the mercy of tyrants.

Remember their priorities, and vote accordingly.

gridlock2 on August 1, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Buying it now before the price goes up some more!

Ordinary1 on August 1, 2008 at 11:19 AM

More likely…..buy it now before some schmuck turns it into ethanol.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 1, 2008 at 11:35 AM

More likely…..buy it now before some schmuck turns it into ethanol.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 1, 2008 at 11:35 AM

That’s what I’m saying! Our energy policy (or lack thereof) defies logic and common sense.

Maybe I can invent an engine that runs on the popping of corn!

Ordinary1 on August 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM

And remember, all those “conservatives” claiming that there’s no difference between McCain and Obama, are all willing to hand over a Democrat Congress with a filibuster majority over to a President Barack Obama.

Which would put a great big smile on Nancy Pelosi’s face, that is if she hadn’t had the surgery to put a permanent botoxed smile on her hideous skull.

That’s what’s at stake here. Pining for a new Ronald Reagan down the road, perhaps someday, is no reason to put these corrupt, incompetent, lunatic Democrats in full control of the US Government for even one moment, much less a minimum of two years.

NoDonkey on August 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Actually, gridlock2, with that decrease in consumption, there is a decrease in tax revenue…you know…money for highways, bridges, other transportation programs which are specifically funded from gasoline[and diesel] taxes.

The Dem answer to this decrease in revenue? There are a couple “increase gasoline tax” proposals in Congress and in several state legislatures. Do these guys have to have help finding their left and right shoes in the morning, and then have someone tie them for them?

coldwarrior on August 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM

This is such a loser for democrats and a larger loss for the american people.

The latte sippers are running the dems, this issue is going to leave a mark. in the interim, be sure your tires are properly inflated.

swami on August 1, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Did you see Shep Smith demagogue the matter last night on his news show. Disgusting.

Will someone please tell Shep that big profits aren’t the same as big profitability, however much the demagogues want to lead you to that assumption. No one wants to mention the numbers that actually describe profitability, such as profit margins and earnings-per-share, which put Exxon and the oil companies in line with other major companies and industry sectors.

petefrt on August 1, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Somebody’s grandma is paying her bills from retirement with dividends coming from stock in big oil. Tell the Dems NO to throwing grandma out on the street!

fossten on August 1, 2008 at 11:55 AM

If we just had a nominee that that had a more conservative viewpoint to draw a wider distinction on issues we would run away with this.

McCain – its time to drill in ANWR!

winged on August 1, 2008 at 11:55 AM

It isn’t McCain that should distance himself from Bush it is Obama who should distance himself from the Democrat Leadership. When asked he should respond Nancy and Harry who?

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/G_W_Bush_Blamed_for_Success_of_the_Iraq_Surge?OTC-widget

Dr Evil on August 1, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Obama’s Own Power to Fuel the Nation
by Scott Ott for ScrappleFace

(2008-07-30) — Presumptive U.S. President Barack Obama today announced his plan to “end America’s dependence on foreign oil, dirty coal and dangerous nuclear power by unleashing new technology that will tap a recently-discovered source of renewable energy.”

According to an outline of the plan, Sen. Obama’s own “personal power and magnetic energy” will form the core of an entirely new system for keeping the lights on and the wheels rolling across the nation.

“The energy that we have generated among Democrats, journalists and Germans can, and should, be tapped,” he said. “When I’m sitting in the Oval Office I’ll issue an executive order to the Department of Energy mandating that it find a way to capture and deliver my personal power and magnetism to the energy-starved masses across this great, but tragically-flawed land.”

“People of world, it’s time to stop drilling the earth,” said Sen. Obama. “It’s time to start drawing warmth and light from an inexhaustible source. When we put our minds to it, there’s nothing I can’t do.”

fossten on August 1, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Great picture! Reid looks like the Grim Reaper, hovering over Pelosi’s shoulder.

RMR on August 1, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong (and because I’m going “off the cuff” with crap I’m remembering secondhand, I will be…).

Hell, correct me where I’m wrong. That’s easier.

Anyhow, congress is recessing for 5 weeks, and they will need to re-pass the drilling ban by September 30th or it will expire.

I think both of those are true… unless I’m missing something.

Which means (if my calendar is right) they’ll have 3 weeks (and two days) to pass the new ban. We’re giving everyone a break for 5 weeks, and then we need our side to stand strong and block for 3 weeks?

Well, if I had any confidence in Congressional Republicans I’d think we could do that.

As it stands, with the Congressional Republicans more interested in politics than in their jobs, I expect a fumble so they can try to play the exact same game again in two years. I mean, it’s working so great now, why should they win this issue and end it? They’ll do better in two years if they can keep the ban in place, blame Democrats, and avoid drilling while pretending they want to help you.

gekkobear on August 1, 2008 at 12:24 PM

That’s what’s at stake here. Pining for a new Ronald Reagan down the road, perhaps someday, is no reason to put these corrupt, incompetent, lunatic Democrats in full control of the US Government for even one moment, much less a minimum of two years.

NoDonkey on August 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM

MDS- McCain Default Syndrome at its finest.

Only problem with your analysis is that you make the presumption that McCain would stand up to the Democrat Congress. I would suggest that on many important issues that matter to Americans, McCain has staked out virtually a softer version of Obama’s position- not a conservative one. McCain in the White House is virtually the same thing as handing full control of the government over to the Democrats anyway.

There are slight differences which are probably singnificant enough to support cranky old bastard over Obama but if you think that electing McCain will give you a bulwark from the evils of the Democrat agenda you will be sadly disappointed. McCain is a frustrated Democrat and he most certainly will adopt that agenda in large measure and use the Democrat Congress to bypass objections from the right.

highhopes on August 1, 2008 at 12:34 PM

let’s see how united the dems are on Sept 30 when the GOP stalls the re-approprations bill in order to force the discontinuance of the off shore drilling ban. the threat of a gov’t shut down just 30 days before the election with lower energy prices…

DrW on August 1, 2008 at 11:06 AM

The problem with this is that it lets the Democrats off the hook. I could see them letting it expire, and President Obama taking credit for “issuing in a new age of stability with our friends in the Middle East”. There won’t be one word in the MSM about more drilling and the proving of Republican claims…

dominigan on August 1, 2008 at 12:48 PM

They’re both just so…contemptible. I think I shouldn’t even read about them anymore, it makes my blood pressure go through the roof.

They still haven’t even passed a defense budget for 2008, so it’s not surprising they’re showing their incompetence again this year.

Embarrassing to think about other countries reading articles like this.

scalleywag on August 1, 2008 at 12:48 PM

fossten on August 1, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Not a bad idea. Bleed him dry.

OldEnglish on August 1, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Maybe we should encourage our members of Congress to adopt a more Japanese, Taiwanese or South Korean decorum when they are in session. Almost every other month or so in any of these Far Eastern legislative bodies there are real knockdown drag ‘em out fights.

Imagine a member of the House walking up to Nancy Pelosi while she is at the rostrum hauling off and slugging her smack in the face? Or Reid being yanked bodily from his seat and punched all the way to the exit? Think it’d get their attention?

These “inscrutable Oriental” legislators seem to have the right stuff at times when they are in session.

coldwarrior on August 1, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Reid, Pelosi redeploy over the event horizon on gas prices

VOTERS GASOLINE SOLUTION…
MAKE THE DEMOCRATS PAY AT THE BALLOT BOX

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 1:01 PM

“I would suggest that on many important issues that matter to Americans, McCain has staked out virtually a softer version of Obama’s position- not a conservative one. McCain in the White House is virtually the same thing as handing full control of the government over to the Democrats anyway.”

This is the same stuff that so-called “conservatives” trotted out prior to the 2006 election where the Republicans lost Congress.

The Congress that resulted has been a complete disaster. We didn’t get a more conservative nominee out of that debacle, what evidence do “conservatives” have that handing another election to Democrats will?

It’s easy for you “sit-at-homers” / “3rd party vote” wasters to recommend losing election to Democrats, but when exactly do you expect this to produce results?

I know, free beer tomorrow. A conservative in the White House, “tomorrow”.

NoDonkey on August 1, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Oh, but Exxon had big profits again, so they’re evil, it’s their fault.

The best part is, it’s the Dems and their policies that helped them out, too.

I think someone should remined Nancy, Harry and Obama that if those evil oil companies are making “windfall” profits now, just imagine the profits of the cartels!

Exxon’s “windfall” profits find their way back into our economy (whatever isn’t re-invested in infrastructure, alternative fuels, etc…).

The A-rab’s “windfall” profits are maing their way to terrorists and radical mosques that breed more terrorists.

I guess Congress and Obama would rather fund terrorists than lose an election.

reaganaut on August 1, 2008 at 1:12 PM

If the economy’s bad, it’s Bush’s problem. And Democrats in Congress want to ADD to Bush’s problems, not SOLVE them.

Granted, in order to screw Bush they have to also screw the entire US economy, but that’s a small price to pay for potential political power. And if Obama becomes president, THEN they can start worrying about high fuel prices.

Logical, in a Machiavellian sort of way….

tom on August 1, 2008 at 1:28 PM

NoDonkey on August 1, 2008 at 1:10 PM

First off, who made you the arbiter of who can call themselves conservative? Putting it in quotes to suggest that the motives of those who hold different opinions than you is arrogant. We all don’t have to view the world like you do!

The Congress that resulted has been a complete disaster. We didn’t get a more conservative nominee out of that debacle, what evidence do “conservatives” have that handing another election to Democrats will?

We didn’t get a more conservative nominee because of people like you. The more conservative candidates beat up on each other while slackers like you supported McCain as the most electable (read liberal) choice. The primary process was rigged so that McCain or Rudy could slither to the top of the heap while the conservative choices split the base vote.

Again there are some differences that probably dictate voting for the “Republican” (see I can be annoying too) instead of the Democrat but you really need to get over your denial on this point. McCain is not going to support the conservative agenda and will more than likely work with Congress to get his amnesty giveaway passed, business crushing measures enacted, and all the other stuff he is out there saying this campaign season. I predict you will go in and proudly vote for cranky old bastard and almost immediately regret the fact that you were out there screaming we all need to support his candidacy because he is not Obama.

I say be vocal in your criticism from the beginning and let the chips fall where they will. The GOP that got McCain nominated is not the GOP that used to share my traditional values. I have no intention of following your lead of mindlessly and unquestioningly supporting a man that America should not entrust with the highest office. If that makes me a quotes conservative in your bitter little world so be it. You are essentially backing the John Kerry of 2008. I didn’t support Kerry in ’04 and I won’t be a brain dead zombie and vote for his clone in ’08 just because this one has an “R” behind his name. Still an individual that is unfit for command.

highhopes on August 1, 2008 at 1:38 PM

I should probably follow up by saying that whether or not it works depends ENTIRELY on whether or not we allow it to be considered Bush’s problem.

If, on the other hand, we start beating the drum loudly to ask why CONGRESS is allowing the situation to continue, and people start looking at it as caused by Congress — which is actually correct — then the whole maneuver backfires.

Of course, to accomplish that will require getting that message through the media, who’s entirely on the other side. Reagan could have done it. I’m not sure if GWB can do it. I’ve yet to see any evidence that McCain can do that sort of thing.

tom on August 1, 2008 at 1:38 PM

If someone were to produce a political dictionary, “crisis” would be defined as a desire to pass a law and “national debt” would be defined as a desire to raise taxes. And the two in combination would mean a desire to discredit the existing administration.

Excellent quote from a Thomas Sowell column linked to in a post on another thread.

tom on August 1, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Zombies! Board-up the windows!

whitetop on August 1, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Poor Reid, Poor Pelosi. They’re going to have to bring this to a vote before the end of September. Remember that the Congressional ban on oil exploration must be renewed yearly. As I understand it, that’s by the end of September. I guess they’re hoping for a change in oil prices between now and then.

I R A Darth Aggie on August 1, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Zombies! Board-up the windows!

whitetop on August 1, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Were it only that easy!!!

Many of the moonbats for McCain may be well intentioned and even believe what they preach but I personally will not vote for McCain if the only reason to do so is to vote against Obama. That’s no sound basis for casting a vote when (with the exception of Iraq) both offer positions that are more alike than different.

The zombies bristle at the statement but John McCain is a liberal with virtually no daylight between his stated campaign positions and that of Obama on domestic issues. It’s a reality that is utterly ignored by those demanding we join them in voting for McCain because he isn’t Obama.

If I should vote for POTUS (instead of leaving that blank on the ballot as a protest of both candidates). McCain will only get my vote if between now and November he can give me a legitimate reason to do so.

highhopes on August 1, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Mark Lavine: “You’re not voting for McCain, but voting against Obama”

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 6:48 PM