House Oil Party rockin’ to the Democratic Convention

posted at 10:55 am on August 7, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

If Democrats hoped that House Republicans would tire of their revolt on Capitol Hill during the recess, The Hill has bad news for them.  The Oil Party has just gotten started, according to a memo sent from House Minority Leader John Boehner, and it won’t stop until Democrats arrive in Denver for their convention:

“Republicans will not rest until we have an honest, up-or-down vote on the American Energy Act,” Boehner wrote in the memo written by Republican leaders. “To that end, we request that you contact the Whip’s Office and indicate any time you may have available to come to Capitol in the coming weeks. We specifically request that you indicate your availability for any days during the next two weeks, August 11th through 22nd, as soon as possible.”

Republicans began their protest on Friday, as the House went into its August recess. Through a handful of members, Republicans have been able to continue rounds of speeches on the House floor ever since. 

The plan now seems to be to continue taking to the House floor every weekday until at least the start of the Democratic Convention, which kicks off on Aug. 25.

The GOP has finally found a genuine issue that they can use to convince Americans to vote Republican in 2008.  They needed something new to restore credibility as a party.  Unfortunately, after the wild spending of the 2001-2006 period, the GOP lost that credibility on their fundamental core philosophy of smaller government and opposition to waste.  

Energy policy gives Republicans a second chance, and it’s not hard to see how.  Gas prices affect a wide range of consumer goods away from the pumps, notably produce and other groceries, and every family has felt the pinch.  Sending vast amounts of American wealth overseas and discarding opportunities to create hundreds of thousands of good-paying American jobs right now resonates with working- and middle-class families almost as much as the price of gas, and the Republicans are on the right side of this issue — and have been for years.

John McCain needs to join this party ASAP.  Preferably, he would fly to DC immediately and bring the media with him, as they have been more or less ignoring the revolt after its first chaotic day.  He may choose to visit around the 21st or 22nd, timing his appearance to just before the start of the Democratic convention.  In either case, McCain needs to show support and partnership with House Republicans looking for an honest debate and vote on the most pressing domestic issue facing American families — and not just for the sake of his campaign, but to press for a rational energy policy and energy security for the nation.


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Good on them! About damn time the Repubs stepped up!

ihasurnominashun on August 7, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Visualize losing the House and Senate, Democrats.

Keep firing away with both barrels at the Donkey, Democrat. Put a bullet right between the Donkey’s eyes.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Contract With America v2.0 on the Capitol steps, baby! Let’s plan for it, say, Thursday, August 28?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 7, 2008 at 10:59 AM

I can’t believe how the dems are stepping in it on this issue. If San Fran Nan actively prevents opening domestic drilling, it could throw the House in November.

Think_b4_speaking on August 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM

LOL… I just had an EVIL thought…

Most of the super delegates are from the House and Senate…

What if Bush called Congress back into session, during the convention?

Wow, wouldn’t that be fun?

I know it would never happen… but…

Romeo13 on August 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

The only thing to make this better? Having the Repubs also want a vote on a moratorium on earmarks (and actually mean it!).

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 7, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Gas prices affect a wide range of consumer goods away from the pumps, notably produce and other groceries, and every family has felt the pinch.
posted at 10:55 am on August 7, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

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Very true, Ed. My monthly gasoline bill has gone up, but my grocery bills and electricity bills have gone up much more.

Think_b4_speaking on August 7, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Think_b4_speaking on August 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM

I can’t believe McCain is ignoring this opportunity. I guess it is one more example of how poor his campaign is being run with the only saving grace being that Obama’s is even worse.

highhopes on August 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Romeo13 on August 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

The Dems would just call a session for the GOP convention timeframe tit-for-tat.

highhopes on August 7, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Keep firing away with both barrels at the Donkey, Democrat. Put a bullet right between the Donkey’s eyes.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 10:58 AM

…reminds me of a scene from Patton

Nosferightu on August 7, 2008 at 11:09 AM

The Dems would just call a session for the GOP convention timeframe tit-for-tat.

Let them. The Republicans could enthusiastically agree to come back and to continue to press for further drilling.

The convention can forge on. Who outside Washington really cares what happens at these conventions anyway, the American people would likely appreciate less coverage of the convention, and more on where we’re going to drill and when.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Instead of writing a memo and sending it out, why doesn’t Boehner stop playing golf and go back to Washington?

moonsbreath on August 7, 2008 at 11:13 AM

…reminds me of a scene from Patton…

“We’re holding up a military convoy (drilling) for a couple of jackasses.”

(Pulls out pistol and shoots both jackasses – Next scene shows the two dead jackasses being dropped off the bridge and into the water).

Thanks for reminding me of that scene, it’s exactly what I want to see happen in this debate. Pelosi and Reid being thrown aside, their political careers dead.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Republican Renaissance: GO GOP ’08!

maverick muse on August 7, 2008 at 11:15 AM

highhopes on August 7, 2008 at 11:06 AM

We have less of a superdelegate problem.

Squid Shark on August 7, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Minority Leader John Boehner is showing some real leadership.

RushBaby on August 7, 2008 at 11:15 AM

DemocraPs need America to be hurt with high energy costs in order to assure a win this year. It is sad yet true that most Americans just don’t ‘get it’, and can be swayed into believing this is all the fault of Republicans.

America gets the government it votes for, and thus deserves.

DannoJyd on August 7, 2008 at 11:19 AM

I still see very little of this on the MSM news outlets and internet.

cntrlfrk on August 7, 2008 at 11:20 AM

I just reviewed my bank statements this morning and realized that my husband and I have spent over $500 on gasoline on the last month – and I worked at home much of that time. I’m interviewing for a job that is 35 miles from my house, so that could go up considerably. And I just spent $400 on groceries that will last maybe three weeks, and that is low because we get so much cheap local produce this time of year. My cars are old and paid for, so it would not make economic sense for me to go buy a Prius. My electric company just sent out letters announcing a 20% rate increase. My husband is a state employee in New Jersey, which is running a large deficit, so he isn’t getting a raise anytime soon. I am just waiting for the massive school tax increase to pay for fuel for the school buses.

So yeah, I’m starting to get pretty pissed about energy prices. And I’m in the top 2% of income in the U.S., I can only imagine how average Americans are coping with these massive increases in the cost of living.

But Nancy Pelosi thinks it’s more important to flog her book.

rockmom on August 7, 2008 at 11:21 AM

There has got to be a Dem plan. They can’t be comletely ignorant on this issue. Drilling/refining is jobs, tax revenue and royalties to the gov’mnt, reduced trade deficit, lower foreclosures, better economy …..

They are almost too confident in gaining house and senate seats in November. I am concerned that there’s going to be “pull the rabbit out of the hat” moment in October and somehow negate this as an election issue.

I just don’t want to be sitting here 3 months from now having a Homer Simpson D’Oh moment because the Dems out-maneuvered the Repubs.

What could they be planning?

-FatOldGuy

Fogpig on August 7, 2008 at 11:24 AM

I can’t believe McCain is ignoring this opportunity. I guess it is one more example of how poor his campaign is being run with the only saving grace being that Obama’s is even worse.

highhopes on August 7, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Jeez, man, you really need to put down the Haterade. McCain’s already called for the House and Senate to come back into session and said he would leave the campaign trail to come back to Washington if it did. What the hell else do you think he should do? He isn’t the President or the Speaker or Senate Majority Leader.

rockmom on August 7, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Nancy will cry oil teardrops and her fluids shall turn to oil. Oil Woman!

Travis1 on August 7, 2008 at 11:29 AM

What could they be planning?

-FatOldGuy

Fogpig on August 7, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Right now they are planning to celebrate at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball in January. They really don’t think they are in any danger of losing this election, either for President or Congress. That’s what Rahm Emanuel keeps telling them. They think that George Bush is so unpopular that hordes of voters are just waiting to punish him again.

I really hate movie metaphors, but they remind me of nothing so much as Governor Tarquin standing on the bridge of the Death Star saying “Evacuate? At our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances!” just before Luke makes the direct hit and blows him to smithereens.

rockmom on August 7, 2008 at 11:30 AM

The more the democrat party digs in and blockades oil, the more the Republicans need to speak up. More speeches not just in Washington, but everywhere, every VFW, and American Legion hall, every city and town. Representatives need to be on local TV, and local radio, writing opinion pieces for the local newspaper. Everywhere you look, there needs to be a Republican saying, “We need to drill for oil”, and saying why we need to do it.

rockhauler on August 7, 2008 at 11:32 AM

What the hell else do you think he should do? He isn’t the President or the Speaker or Senate Majority Leader.

rockmom on August 7, 2008 at 11:25 AM

McCain’s not the President either but that didn’t stop him from second guessing the Pentagon in the media for YEARS! I think that energy should be a bigger issue on McCain’s agenda than showing up for rock concerts- even if that means making a photo-op drive by in DC whatever Pelosi or GWB do.

An appearance would show that McCain can lead, which is very much in doubt in the minds of voters. It would show that he is engaged with the real problems of the electorate which would help overcome the all to obvious fact that McCain is detached from ordinary Americans and their concerns. It would show that McCain supports the efforts of his own party’s leadership when he has a track record of being the first rat to desert the GOP on critical votes.

In short it is good political strategy, not hate, that makes me conclude that McCain is running a bad campaign and/or just wants the job as a resume point with no real interest in doing the job (shades of GHWB).

highhopes on August 7, 2008 at 11:34 AM

The Dems would just call a session for the GOP convention timeframe tit-for-tat.

highhopes on August 7, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Key is that the Dems SuperDelegates have to be there, most of whom are Congress critters…

Republican’s don’t have that problem. Congress goes into session it would not affect the outcome of the Rep nomination process.

Romeo13 on August 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Did the Republican members of the House grow some Malkins???

Let’s hope so, finally.

omnipotent on August 7, 2008 at 11:39 AM

LOL… I just had an EVIL thought…

Most of the super delegates are from the House and Senate…

What if Bush called Congress back into session, during the convention?

Wow, wouldn’t that be fun?

I know it would never happen… but…

Romeo13 on August 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

What makes you think our President might get a clue before the RAT convention? I don’t…

sabbott on August 7, 2008 at 11:43 AM

If the GOP pledges to use ALL royalties from additional oil and gas extracted from federal lands exclusively for R&D into alternatives how could any Dem refuse? The GOP can pint out how we can have our cake (lower gas prices) and eat it too (R&D into alternatives without the need to raise taxes)
The GOP will have called their bluff.

DerKrieger on August 7, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Most of the super delegates are from the House and Senate…

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

The basic tenant of the Democratic Party.

TooTall on August 7, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Romeo13 on August 7, 2008 at 11:37 AM

I understand about the difference w/ Superdelegates. Where I was coming from is it looks pretty bad for all the Congresscritters if they are holding partisan sessions WHILE the conventions are going on.

While it would tie up the Superdelegates, it would be bad for Obama in the sense that it shows Dems don’t offer anything new. Special sessions during the GOP convention would just emphasize the status quo that Americans clearly want broken. When you are nominating a fossil do you really want visuals of the “same old stuff” going on in DC?

On the other hand, doing this may just be enough of a tipping point that there would be motivation to throw them all out of office and start fresh!

highhopes on August 7, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Gas prices affect a wide range of consumer goods away from the pumps, notably produce and other groceries, and every family has felt the pinch. Sending vast amounts of American wealth overseas and discarding opportunities to create hundreds of thousands of good-paying American jobs right now resonates with working- and middle-class families almost as much as the price of gas, and the Republicans are on the right side of this issue — and have been for years.

Very true, but how many Americans make these connections? This has to be, er, drilled home to voters.

Buy Danish on August 7, 2008 at 11:52 AM

So yeah, I’m starting to get pretty pissed about energy prices. And I’m in the top 2% of income in the U.S., I can only imagine how average Americans are coping with these massive increases in the cost of living.

But Nancy Pelosi thinks it’s more important to flog her book.

rockmom on August 7, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Well if you’d just listen to Obama and inflate your tires, your gas bill would be cut in half.

fossten on August 7, 2008 at 11:56 AM

I don’t think Nancy thought they’d stick with it. Besides, she’s got bigger fish to fry. Her ‘book’ is in the dumps at the moment. One can only hope that her position as Speaker of the House will follow.

GarandFan on August 7, 2008 at 12:00 PM

highhopes on August 7, 2008 at 11:34 AM

He’s going to where there are actual voters and he is winning them over. He had planned to do an appearance at a oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico but weather caused him to cancel it. Probably just as well, as the MSM would have portrayed it as a stunt anyway – which is exactly what they would do if he canceled his campaign and went back to Washington now. They would also remind everyone that McCain has missed about 80% of the votes in the last year.

McCain’s also hedging his bets with the House. It’s still a real, real long shot that the Republicans can use this issue to actually win back the majority, and it’s far more likely that McCain, if elected, will have to work with a House that is still run by Nancy Pelosi. He won’t gain any votes for President by attacking her now, but he might lose any chance he might have of working with her as President.

rockmom on August 7, 2008 at 12:02 PM

There was a RNC add here yesterday about Mark Udall of CO that is seeking the senate seat from that state. It showed where he promised to vote against the recess if there hadn’t been a vote on a energy plan and he didn’t even show. I think that every Republican running for the house should have an ad asking his demorat opponent if he voted for the recess….votes in the bank.

Engrpat on August 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Why isn’t John Boehner McCain’s VP Pick????

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on August 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM

rockmom on August 7, 2008 at 12:02 PM

He’s going to where there are actual voters and he is winning them over.

Prove it. That’s far too broad a statement to leave unchallenged. And, before you quote poll numbers, be sure you can attribute any upswing to McCain and not disenchantment with Obama. In short, I want to know where these voters are that McCain has “won over” by his visionless and emotionaless stale rhetoric.

McCain’s also hedging his bets with the House. It’s still a real, real long shot that the Republicans can use this issue to actually win back the majority, and it’s far more likely that McCain, if elected, will have to work with a House that is still run by Nancy Pelosi.

You are flat out wrong here. The goal for the GOP has got to be ensuring that the Dems don’t get a veto-proof majority. Winning back the house isn’t the priority. McCain would do better in helping this along if he showed the GOP was unified in opposition to Democrat obstructionism. You essentially are defending McCain’s “go along to get along” approach that usually finds him voting against the GOP in crucial votes. He needs to convince the GOP base that despite all evidence to the contrary, he can be trusted to work WITH the party on important issues. So far he is the political traitor he has always been.

He won’t gain any votes for President by attacking her now, but he might lose any chance he might have of working with her as President.

I want a Republican president that challenges the Dem Speaker on issues, rallies the troops, and puts up the good fight for important issues. Your brand of giving in to the Dems is pretty pathetic but emblematic of the worthless human being that you refuse to fault on any grounds.

If you really are so clueless to think that McCain is the perfect GOP candidate, fine vote for the man. What really disgusts me though, is the intolerance towards those of us who are more critical of the man and his positions. This is a democracy, I have every right to be critical of political candidates and their positions without the vitriol and personal insults for doing so.

highhopes on August 7, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Why isn’t John Boehner McCain’s VP Pick????

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on August 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Too conservative for McCain’s plan to overhaul the GOP into “Democrat Lite.”

highhopes on August 7, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Old sign on one of NIXON’s Watergate boys wall, “once you got them by the BALLS, their hearts and minds are sure to follow”… The GOP need to believe in this, and go at these HYPOCRITES like a junkyard dog… And if you please, one more CLICHE, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead…

pueblo1032 on August 7, 2008 at 12:36 PM

“This is a democracy, I have every right to be critical of political candidates and their positions without the vitriol and personal insults for doing so.”

Oh boo hoo, drama queen.

I didn’t insult you, until you called me amoral for (gasp!) supporting a patriot like John McCain for President.

You dead enders are the ones throwing insults around, then you cry like little girls when anyone hurls one back.

No wonder you “conservatives” are working to put Obama into the White House, you act exactly like Democrats with your pessimism and your perpetual victimhood.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 12:39 PM

I still see very little of this on the MSM news outlets and internet.

cntrlfrk on August 7, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Oh, they’re all over it: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/06/politics/politico/thecrypt/main4326269.shtml

dont taze me bro on August 7, 2008 at 12:42 PM

John McCain needs to join this party ASAP.

The Republican Party? I agree.

Why would he want to act all partisan-y like that? Why would he want to embarrass his Democrat friendsh? It just doesn’t qualify as “reaching across the aisle to get things done.”

misterpeasea on August 7, 2008 at 12:53 PM

“This is a democracy, I have every right to be critical of political candidates and their positions without the vitriol and personal insults for doing so.”

Oh boo hoo, drama queen.

I didn’t insult you, until you called me amoral for (gasp!) supporting a patriot like John McCain for President.

You dead enders are the ones throwing insults around, then you cry like little girls when anyone hurls one back.

No wonder you “conservatives” are working to put Obama into the White House, you act exactly like Democrats with your pessimism and your perpetual victimhood.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Weren’t you the one whining about free speech the other day? Playing the victim?

What a frickin’ tool. Are you competing with _man for McCain points? Can both your noses fit in McCain’s butt at the same time?

misterpeasea on August 7, 2008 at 12:55 PM

Gas prices affect a wide range of consumer goods away from the pumps, notably produce and other groceries, and every family has felt the pinch.

Speaking of feeling the pinch: What about those of us whose homes are heated with oil? The price per gallon is more than doubling from last winter, and they were so high even then that I wore sweaters to stay warm. Things are going to get way worse come winter when people are shivering in their homes.

marybel on August 7, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Nice article – but why do you keep using that same Boehner picture. It looks like he’s sad about something.

darkegop on August 7, 2008 at 1:07 PM

I hope these revolutionaries are walking to or taking mass transit to work to show their hearts are in this debate.

I’m sick of window dressing from the GOP.

madmonkphotog on August 7, 2008 at 1:09 PM

“Sending vast amounts of American wealth overseas and discarding opportunities to create hundreds of thousands of good-paying American jobs right now resonates with working- and middle-class families almost as much as the price of gas, and the Republicans are on the right side of this issue — and have been for years.’

Don’t forget the opportunity for federal income taxes paid by oil companies that would increase by the mere fact that revenue from operations in the US would increase. Exxon-Mobil pays some $30B in income taxes but only about $5B to the US because the other income taxes are paid to foreign governments for revenue generated from E-M’s overseas operations in those countries.

The Dems are constantly trying to divy up a pie that they continually force to be smaller and smaller by stubbornly sticking to unsound economic policies. The people have to suffer as a result and all Pelosi can say is ‘Let’s them eat cake. I have a book to sell.’

Kick Dems again, Ed. Harder, harder. And kick McCain some more until he gets his butt in gear and helps House Republicans.

Dusty on August 7, 2008 at 1:35 PM

House Republicans need to take this issue to the public for their own self-preservation.

rockhauler on August 7, 2008 at 1:56 PM

“John McCain needs to join this party ASAP. Preferably, he would fly to DC immediately and bring the media with him…”

What press Ed? The press is all busy covering Obama!

LL

Lady Logician on August 7, 2008 at 2:11 PM

“Weren’t you the one whining about free speech the other day? Playing the victim?”

As usual, I have no idea what you’re talking about.

You and high and hopeless need to get off of the thorazine.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Rasmussin has: 81% finding new energy source urgent. There has got to be a Dem. or two in that finding. Our dear John has got to get to DC and show his support for the Republican for their effort and let bho have it on his view on drilling.
L

letget on August 7, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Simply amazing.

If the wonderful House Republicans keep up this pressure and Pelosi and Reid continue their stupidity, the Republicans just might do very well in November.

RJL on August 7, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Romeo:

Your post made me think that may be what Pelosi has up her sleeve….call a special session during the GOP confab.

However, I think such a gimmick would backfire on her. Republicans could ALL gather at the capitol and have McCain
address them on the steps before heading to the convention. Great PR for the GOP.

In reality, I think she’s going to ignore the issue…at her peril.

TO THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE: YOU ROCK!

jeanneb on August 7, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Keep on rockin’ in the free world, House Republicans!

pilamaye on August 7, 2008 at 3:39 PM

This is a democracy, I have every right to be critical of political candidates and their positions without the vitriol and personal insults for doing so.

Ah, I see. You have some sort of “right” not to have your feelings hurt. Well, your lie about Boehner playing golf exposed you as a liberal troll.

Sorry, but if you’re going to be an asshole and whine about McCain, then you’re going to take some knocks for being an asshole. That’s adulthood 101. Grow up.

rightwingprof on August 7, 2008 at 4:14 PM

As usual, I have no idea what you’re talking about.

You and high and hopeless need to get off of the thorazine.

NoDonkey on August 7, 2008 at 2:27 PM

As usual, you have no idea. You and _man are two pissants in a pod. Who’s ahead in McCain points, anyway? You idiots should really reach across the aisle to us conservatives like McCain does.

misterpeasea on August 7, 2008 at 5:17 PM

well played

brak on August 7, 2008 at 5:37 PM