Polls: McCain gets solid marks for speech in Survey USA, shaves six points off Obama’s lead in Gallup

posted at 6:00 pm on September 6, 2008 by Allahpundit

An uncharacteristic care package o’ optimism to tide you over for a few hours. The meme du jour isn’t Palinmania but the after-the-fact rave reviews for McCain’s speech trickling in from unlikely sources. Sample error? Maybe not: Check out the grading in Survey USA’s new national poll. For some reason the data from Tampa specifically is getting attention today, but in fact the speech played almost as well across the country as it did down there. Gallup’s got him within two now nationally after trailing by eight just four days ago; a solid effort in one of the most watched speeches in history will do that for you, I guess. Obligatory pessimistic note: Be sure to note the party breakdowns in the SUSA poll, especially on the single-issue questions, as most of McCain’s advantage comes not from independents but Republicans skewing heavily his way.

Exit question: Are we sure Palinmania isn’t the meme du jour? The AP seems to have a stage-four case of it. As does, er, Red State Update.


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p.s. there’s also a chance that (s)he is out of a job and gets paid by the HA advertisers.

Entelechy on September 6, 2008 at 7:32 PM

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

semloh on September 6, 2008 at 7:36 PM

crap. can’t post link, but it’s there..

grasshopper68 on September 6, 2008 at 7:37 PM

I dont think alphie’s a liberal. He seems to be a anarcho-capitalist or something. Who rails against rich people. It’s very confusing.

lorien1973 on September 6, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Alphie has a complex mind. All great criminals have that.

semloh on September 6, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Clearly, McCain and I agree on this. Say he sticks Lieberman (who has crossed the aisle on ONE major issue) as Sec of State, you still going to vote for the GOP?

LastRick on September 6, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Sure I’m going to vote for the GOP. One possible cabinet position does not make the election.

The alternative would be disastrous.

My argument against liberals is that they want to enforce their opinions and beliefs upon the electorate if they want it or not.

They, liberals, are always so self righteous and condescending, because they “feel” what they are doing is right, without any foresight to the consequences. And when those consequences turn out to be a complete failure, there is never any accountability. Just look what welfare has done to the Black family structure in this country. Just look at our national school systems. Just look at why we can’t harvest our own national energy supplies…….. all liberal ideals.

Complete failures, all, but what do liberals want to solve the problem? More liberalism.

And don’t try to say “no”. Your intellectual arguments and facts will be replied to by school yard catch phrases and personal attacks.

The social engineering will be enforced by regulations, fines and taxes. Their propaganda is seen from Hollywood, the MSM, and has infected our public education system

No program, no matter how failing, is ever ended. Only more funding is needed, yeah, let’s throw more money at the problem and increase the bureaucracy, that should fix it!

To me, the only good liberal is an out of work liberal.

Lieberman as Sec of State you say? Maybe, but I think the Conservative base just might suggest someone like John Bolton…………… just for sh#ts and giggles.

Seven Percent Solution on September 6, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Alphie has a complex mind. All great criminals have that.

semloh on September 6, 2008 at 7:38 PM

So do closet perverts.

coldwarrior on September 6, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Alphie has a complex mind. All great criminals have that.

semloh on September 6, 2008 at 7:38 PM

So do closet perverts.

coldwarrior on September 6, 2008 at 7:39 PM

My dear fellow, you shall keep watch in the street. I’ll do the criminal part.

semloh on September 6, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Look what the oil prices have done, just over the past two weeks. They’ve dropped. Just by talking about drilling, the possibility of voting in pro-drill canditates, they dropped!
All in the wake of a FEW hurricanes coming in to LA, etc.
Now, Imagine what could happen, if we quit talking about drilling….
And do it?

JDM3 on September 6, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Gas is back under $4.00 a gallon, profitsbeard.

The oil companies and their pet Republican Congressmen failed to get their hands on our children’s oil reserves once again.

Continue the search for a reason to vote for another Republican like McCAin.

alphie on September 6, 2008 at 7:34 PM

because “hope” is not a plan, and “change” is not a destination I ever drive to blindly….

Drill and nukes

sven10077 on September 6, 2008 at 7:42 PM

I dont think alphie’s a liberal. He seems to be a anarcho-capitalist or something. Who rails against rich people. It’s very confusing.

lorien1973 on September 6, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Who but a Liberal would watch a porta-potty, blog about it, and want to see them all over suburbia? Who but a Liberal would name their blog, Alphavictim? Who but a liberal would call people “breeders.” You do konw that’s code right?

TheBigOldDog on September 6, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Check out this report on PUMA08.com

http://www.puma08.com/category/palin/

I think we are making headway in Hiliary’s supporters.

Go Sarah Go! We love ya.

txdoc on September 6, 2008 at 7:45 PM

alphie on September 6, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Readie mioy reardiek…freeper..ah…um…ummm dah retartily.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on September 6, 2008 at 7:45 PM

If the best McCain can do after the best week he’s going to have this election year is to get within four points of Obama he’s lost already.

Nonfactor on September 6, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Who but a Liberal would watch a porta-potty, blog about it, and want to see them all over suburbia?

TheBigOldDog on September 6, 2008 at 7:43 PM

The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless.

semloh on September 6, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Now McCain should just shut up and let Sarah put his sorry ass in the White House. When he speaks, he reminds conservastives that he and Obama are so alike on so many social issues, there is not much difference. Sarah helps with the smell when we have to hold our nose to vote for him. He is not many peoples first choice, he is the only choice. At least Sarah makes it a little bearable.

volsense on September 6, 2008 at 7:48 PM

alphie, were you for Goldwater, before you were for Ronald Reagan?

Entelechy on September 6, 2008 at 7:48 PM

If the best McCain can do after the best week he’s going to have this election year is to get within four points of Obama he’s lost already.

Nonfactor on September 6, 2008 at 7:47 PM

I’m saving this.

Entelechy on September 6, 2008 at 7:49 PM

If the best McCain can do after the best week he’s going to have this election year is to get within four points of Obama he’s lost already.

Nonfactor on September 6, 2008 at 7:47 PM

You must be one of the nutroots. Do you get paid by the word on your posts here??? nonfactor = nonentity

Go away and cut out some paper dolls, troll.

txdoc on September 6, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Nonfactor, since you do show some reason, sometimes, recall that Obama’s numbers, after the convention, went up days after it ended.

Entelechy on September 6, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Let’s have a party and paint the USA RED!

We should win 54 of Obamba 57 states, he can have the rest.

txdoc on September 6, 2008 at 7:52 PM

alphie, were you for Goldwater, before you were for Ronald Reagan?

Entelechy on September 6, 2008 at 7:48 PM

In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backwards. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one for such as you and me, but most people do not practice it much. In the everyday affairs of life it is more useful to reason forward, and so the other comes to be neglected by most.

semloh on September 6, 2008 at 7:52 PM

alphie, what’s your take on amnesty/shamnesty?

Entelechy on September 6, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Reuters is a week late:

http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed2/idUSN0637587220080906?sp=true

Notice the date (today) and the reference (Thursday).

Is it possible that the lefties have now mentally blocked everything that has happened since 2 Thursdays ago?

Damiano on September 6, 2008 at 7:55 PM

alphie, what’s your take on amnesty/shamnesty?

I don’t live in the South, Ent, so I don’t really care.

I do enjoy the few authentic Mexican resteraunts that have opened in my area, though.

alphie on September 6, 2008 at 7:56 PM

alphie, what’s your take on amnesty/shamnesty?
Entelechy on September 6, 2008 at 7:53 PM

I feed my little boys…not the unwashed putrid vernon living under the bridge.

Just saying friend.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on September 6, 2008 at 8:00 PM

WaPo- “Nomination Itself Is a Testament to Obama’s Readiness”

Does that include the fact that he did not actually earn enough delegates to be nominated or the fact that he banned a legitimate roll call vote at the convention?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/04/AR2008090403249.html

Damiano on September 6, 2008 at 8:00 PM

I don’t live in the South, Ent, so I don’t really care.

I do enjoy the few authentic Mexican resteraunts that have opened in my area, though.

alphie on September 6, 2008 at 7:56 PM

Reasoning backwards can occasionally have it’s flaws as to reason backwards from this would have you as a McCain supporter.

semloh on September 6, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Originally posted at Ace’s:

Actually, as I was running errands this afternoon, it came to me. The reason that Palin so infuriates the moonbats and lefty fellow-travelers: she’s everything that they’ve been screeching that people should be ashamed of — a gun-clinging, bible-thumping woman saddled with too many kids, a demanding and stressful job, a minority husband, stuck way-way-way outside the promised land of Manhattan’s penthouses, with a son who’s marching off to war — and she’s happy about it. Every bit of it.

If she’d had the grace to be ashamed or miserable, they could just play on. But she’s radiantly happy about the whole thing. She’s having a blast. And they’re going absolutely wild.

She’s not: a scold, like Hillary; a whiner, like Barack; a take-charge guy like Romney; a hero, like McCain…. And the “she’s a woman, let’s send a woman out to shoot her down” meme is completely off-base. She’s the antithesis of being “beaten down by The Man” (not “the male patriarchy”, it should be noted) because she’s not beaten down. After 18 months of hearing about how horrible things are and how horrible they’ll be, she’s “life’s good, and we’re gonna make it better.”

At least, that’s my $.02 — it seems like the game has changed in a major way, and seeing it as a change from “hope, you miserable scum” to “whee! let’s go faster next time!” seems to make sense.

cthulhu on September 6, 2008 at 8:01 PM

txdoc on September 6, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Hot dog. They are even debunking things too. That’s great.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2008 at 8:02 PM

http://www.thesitrep.com/blog/2008/01/31/how-libs-think/

TheSitRep on September 6, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Thanks for that link. I love that video but could never find it online.

Hi NonFactor.

BadgerHawk on September 6, 2008 at 8:03 PM

Kerry got about an 8 point swing from his convention and hit the 50% mark. And lost.

BadgerHawk on September 6, 2008 at 8:06 PM

Badger, this is his blog if you enjoy his viewpoint.

Spirit of 1776 on September 6, 2008 at 8:10 PM

To be fair, a historical swing is about 15%. Kerry didn’t get it. Obama didn’t get it. McCain won’t get it either.

BadgerHawk on September 6, 2008 at 8:11 PM

LMAO,Red State Update,just nailed it!

They described,Nothern Ontario,Alberta,(alphie those are Canadian provinces!)in the states,Minnesota,Michigan,Montana
Colorado,North Dakota and every other upper States I missed for winter recreation such as snowmobiling,and the higher
elevation deep-powder climbing that those States would offer!

Thats a lot of voters!

canopfor on September 6, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Thanks Spirit. The reason I could never find it is because I couldn’t remember his name.

BadgerHawk on September 6, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Actually, as I was running errands this afternoon, it came to me. The reason that Palin so infuriates the moonbats and lefty fellow-travelers: she’s everything that they’ve been screeching that people should be ashamed of — a gun-clinging, bible-thumping woman saddled with too many kids, a demanding and stressful job, a minority husband, stuck way-way-way outside the promised land of Manhattan’s penthouses, with a son who’s marching off to war — and she’s happy about it. Every bit of it.

If she’d had the grace to be ashamed or miserable, they could just play on. But she’s radiantly happy about the whole thing. She’s having a blast. And they’re going absolutely wild.

She’s not: a scold, like Hillary; a whiner, like Barack; a take-charge guy like Romney; a hero, like McCain…. And the “she’s a woman, let’s send a woman out to shoot her down” meme is completely off-base. She’s the antithesis of being “beaten down by The Man” (not “the male patriarchy”, it should be noted) because she’s not beaten down. After 18 months of hearing about how horrible things are and how horrible they’ll be, she’s “life’s good, and we’re gonna make it better.”

At least, that’s my $.02 — it seems like the game has changed in a major way, and seeing it as a change from “hope, you miserable scum” to “whee! let’s go faster next time!” seems to make sense.

cthulhu on September 6, 2008 at 8:01 PM

A brilliant flash of insight. She threatens their entire narrative.

TheBigOldDog on September 6, 2008 at 8:16 PM

Palin is expanding the base with her family,
that cracked me up,along with Palin in the White
House and speaking in tongues crack!Hehe.

Now that was funny as well,slamming the idiots
who have Christian and Mormon bashing syndrome!

As if believing,will make you un-hinged,and therefore
the favorites phrase of Liberals “unqualified”!

canopfor on September 6, 2008 at 8:18 PM

Come Monday, McCain will have at least a 3 point lead. I say this because the Obama fans over at fivethirtyeight.com are framing these numbers such that they don’t mean anything. Heh. Clue #1 something is going to drop Monday.

SouthernGent on September 6, 2008 at 8:56 PM

If on Monday McCain is still behind Obama in the polls, it’s all over for him Southern.

Should be interesting…

alphie on September 6, 2008 at 9:09 PM

I’m concerned about the young imbiciles. Each of us needs to take two people to vote.

marklmail on September 6, 2008 at 9:10 PM

Heh.Clue#1 Something is going to drop Monday.

SouthernGent on Sept 6,2008 at 8:56PM.

SouthernGent: That would be Hopey and Changey’s poll numbers
as well as Obama’s ability to get er done in
this election!haha:)

canopfor on September 6, 2008 at 9:14 PM

You’re gonna have to be more specific, cano.

McCain-Bush are now performing as Hopey Changey, too.

alphie on September 6, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Great analysis chthulhu.

the unwashed putrid vernon living under the bridge.

1GooDDaDDy on September 6, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Who’s Vernon and how does he fit into the picture?

Unwashed and putrid, poor guy … guess he has to use a portapotty?

Rosmerta on September 6, 2008 at 9:22 PM

alphie on September 6, 2008 at 9:09 PM

I didnt realize the election was on tuesday.

If Obama is trailing, is the election over for him, as well?

lorien1973 on September 6, 2008 at 9:22 PM

I’m concerned about the young imbiciles. Each of us needs to take two people to vote.

marklmail on September 6, 2008 at 9:10 PM

The young vote is wasted on youth. They are notoriously a low-turnout group. But you’re right. The more we take the better the margin of win will be.

SouthernGent on September 6, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Has anyone seen this CNN video of an obviously stone drunk Joe Biden at a campaign rally? Why is this not just put out there, with no explanation or accusations? Just put it out there and say “Look at this. What’s your impression?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TBNeNHHXEY

Nostradamus on September 6, 2008 at 9:25 PM

McCain/Bush,cano…..

alphie on Sept 6 2008 at 9:18PM.

alphie: Bush?,which election are you in pray tell?

canopfor on September 6, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Who’s Vernon and how does he fit into the picture?

Rosmerta on September 6, 2008 at 9:22 PM

Sorry I can’t bring myself to mention the names of “Those trolls that shall remain un-named”

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on September 6, 2008 at 9:31 PM

If on Monday McCain is still behind Obama in the polls, it’s all over for him Southern.

Should be interesting…

alphie on September 6, 2008 at 9:09 PM

Gee — no debate bounce to count on? Is this your first or second election?

Bradky on September 6, 2008 at 9:32 PM

Looks like the younger vote,during the Clinton
re-election,the “Rock The Vote”,died done good!

Maybe it would help Obama!

canopfor on September 6, 2008 at 9:35 PM

I dont think alphie’s a liberal. He seems to be a anarcho-capitalist or something. Who rails against rich people. It’s very confusing.
lorien1973 on September 6, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Alphie has a complex mind. All great criminals have that.
semloh on September 6, 2008 at 7:38 PM

And some men aren’t looking for anything logical; some men just want to watch the world burn.

I’ve read the comments from him(her?) long enough to see what’s going on. There’s been repeated attempts to get people to stop responding, because that’s what he wants. This isn’t conducive to a good conversation, in my opinion. It just drags the page down. He just wants to see this place burn.

wise_man on September 6, 2008 at 9:36 PM

alphie on September 6, 2008 at 9:09 PM

McCain up 4 in Zogby. Is it over for Obama?

lorien1973 on September 6, 2008 at 9:43 PM

wise_man on September 6, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Yeah, I usually ignore alphie myself. He takes a nihilist approach to comments. Doesn’t support anything; just whines. And its pointless to retort. Just point out the logical fallacy and move on.

lorien1973 on September 6, 2008 at 9:44 PM

This isn’t conducive to a good conversation, in my opinion. It just drags the page down. He just wants to see this place burn it’s name being repeated on a post.

wise_man on September 6, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Fixed it buddy.

No charge.

Over.

1GooDDaDDy on September 6, 2008 at 9:45 PM

alphie

RCP has McCain leading in AZ by 11+, yet you state that McCain will lose his “home” state.

Isn’t it time for you to return to your home planet?

DrW on September 6, 2008 at 9:46 PM

*Hands 1GooDDaDDy a dollar for his effort* Thanks buddy. … *thinks …. hands over another dollar*

:)

wise_man on September 6, 2008 at 9:47 PM

Isn’t it time for you to return to your home planet?

DrW on September 6, 2008 at 9:46 PM

alphie is too busy playing with his laptop.

coldwarrior on September 6, 2008 at 9:48 PM

I wasn’t refering to a computer.

coldwarrior on September 6, 2008 at 9:49 PM

alphie: Bush?,which election are you in pray tell?

canopfor on September 6, 2008 at 9:31 PM

The Troll has taken to refering to Gov. Palin in the most vulgar way possible.

All class there…

SuperCool on September 6, 2008 at 9:54 PM

I don’t believe my ears! McMinnville, TN?! Woohoo! My hometown is famous!

theblakeus on September 6, 2008 at 10:18 PM

Nostradamus on September 6, 2008 at 9:25 PM

I like how even Biden knows that no one wants to hear him speak. He tells the crowd they’re going to have to put up with him for a couple minutes before they can hear The One.

BadgerHawk on September 6, 2008 at 10:24 PM

our readers at DrunkReport.com have been practically DEMANDING more Palin coverage every day with no letting up. and we had previously pegged our audience as young males not caring a whole lot about politics (judging by the mail up until now).

Palinmania.

its real.

Drunk Report on September 6, 2008 at 10:35 PM

our readers at DrunkReport.com have been …
Drunk Report on September 6, 2008 at 10:35 PM

I’m so happy to hear this about you and your readers.

wise_man on September 6, 2008 at 10:36 PM

Anyone predicts the % of Bob Barr’s ‘protest votes’?

Sir Napsalot on September 6, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Sir Napsalot on September 6, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Last week 6%, this week 1%

lorien1973 on September 6, 2008 at 11:03 PM

lorien1973 on September 6, 2008 at 11:03 PM

That’s what I thought.

Sir Napsalot on September 6, 2008 at 11:12 PM

I think a lot of commentators have underestimated the effectiveness Senator McCain’s speech. My guess is that the historic number of viewers that tuned in to watch is evidence that they wanted to like the speech. And I bet they liked it a lot.

Loxodonta on September 6, 2008 at 11:59 PM

Perhaps. I think it rank and file conservatives didn’t care for it. But apparently, it scored well with moderates. So I guess that counts for something.

lorien1973 on September 7, 2008 at 12:08 AM

Nostradamus on September 6, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Sorry, but I’ve been watching Biden for years (he’s been good for lots of laughs) and that’s the way he is normally. I’m not saying he isn’t drunk, just that it isn’t news if he is.

Buford Gooch on September 7, 2008 at 12:32 AM

Obama and Biden are about to get their clocks cleaned in the debates. Neither one of them are capable of thinking on their feet or of speaking extemporaneously without makings fools of themselves.

Even if the media continues to cover for Obama’s failings the debates will display them for all to see.

Ben Franklen on September 7, 2008 at 12:48 AM

Look what the oil prices have done, just over the past two weeks. They’ve dropped. Just by talking about drilling, the possibility of voting in pro-drill canditates, they dropped!
All in the wake of a FEW hurricanes coming in to LA, etc.
Now, Imagine what could happen, if we quit talking about drilling….
And do it?

JDM3 on September 6, 2008 at 7:42 PM

I really don’t understand why conservatives think that talking about drilling actually effects oil prices at the pump. The reason gas prices are going down is due to fears of decrease oil consumption due to unemployment, not because McCain keeps talking about drilling. Furthermore the benefits of drilling, according to the energy information administration, wouldn’t be seen till 2017. The US needs about 21 million barrels of oil today, the estimate for additional domestic production by drilling is 250,000. Which would help lower prices about 20 cents but would not stop our dependence on foreign oil. Drilling for oil is not the answer for short term relief at the pump, nor long term energy independence.

Ric on September 7, 2008 at 1:13 AM

I really don’t understand why conservatives think that talking about drilling actually effects oil prices at the pump. The reason gas prices are going down is due to fears of decrease oil consumption due to unemployment, not because McCain keeps talking about drilling.

Yeah, right… unemployment, because having low unemployment during the past 8 years just isn’t good enough.
(sarcasm) We have to put more people out of a job, by raising taxes on small business, so we can free up gas for Al Gore and Madam Pelosi. (/sarcasm)

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on September 7, 2008 at 1:50 AM

Reuters is a week late:

http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed2/idUSN0637587220080906?sp=true

Notice the date (today) and the reference (Thursday).

Is it possible that the lefties have now mentally blocked everything that has happened since 2 Thursdays ago?

Damiano on September 6, 2008 at 7:55 PM

Good snag there! But it’s not a matter of a mental block. Most likely this article in some form was written at the time of Hussein’s “Sermon on the Mount Olympus,” but (apparently) not published. At the risk of being too blunt in my bias accusation, it is entirely possible they published that in an intentional effort to remind people of The One’s speech–encourage their side and deflate the opposition.

Tommygun on September 7, 2008 at 4:35 AM

http://www.thesitrep.com/blog/2008/01/31/how-libs-think/

TheSitRep on September 6, 2008 at 6:58 PM
Thanks for that link. I love that video but could never find it online.

Hi NonFactor.

BadgerHawk on September 6, 2008 at 8:03 PM

Yes!! Thank you. I saw that over a year ago, and then it disappeared! Thank you!!

Tommygun on September 7, 2008 at 4:37 AM

Ric on September 7, 2008 at 1:13 AM

Oil fell something like 9 dollars the day the President lifted the executive ban on offshore drilling. It’s a futures market, just like any other futures market. If the people in it think there’s going to be more oil in the future the price drops.

Also, there are capped wells off the coast of California. There’s oil there, the wells are dug, they just can’t be accessed because of environmental and legislative restrictions. Those wells could have oil coming into the market in as little as 8 months.

What’s your alterative for getting oil and gas prices lower, if not drilling? Obama’s plan calls for ‘alternative souces of energy’ to get us off of 20 million barrels of oil a day. Seems a bit too hopey, doesn’t it?

BadgerHawk on September 7, 2008 at 7:56 AM

Are these two jokers in the video closet Democrats?
They have been watching too much Peggy Noonan on TV or reading and believing too many liberal blogs.

albill on September 7, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Are these two jokers in the video closet Democrats?
They have been watching too much Peggy Noonan on TV or reading and believing too many liberal blogs.

albill on September 7, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Yes they are, BUT what they never seem to get is that we are laughing on our way to victory.

sven10077 on September 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Rasmussen is out today (and keep in mind its a rollig 3 day so includes the last two days)

Its a dead even tie as of now.

William Amos on September 7, 2008 at 8:58 AM

I really don’t understand why conservatives think that talking about drilling actually effects oil prices at the pump. The reason gas prices are going down is due to fears of decrease oil consumption due to unemployment, not because McCain keeps talking about drilling. Furthermore the benefits of drilling, according to the energy information administration, wouldn’t be seen till 2017. The US needs about 21 million barrels of oil today, the estimate for additional domestic production by drilling is 250,000. Which would help lower prices about 20 cents but would not stop our dependence on foreign oil. Drilling for oil is not the answer for short term relief at the pump, nor long term energy independence.

Ric on September 7, 2008 at 1:13 AM

so in order to return America to its status as an “economic powerhouse, we need to elect George McGovern and Jimmy Carter’s mutant son?

Got ya.

http://economics.about.com/od/useconomichistory/a/stagflation.htm

Times were so good we had to hide our prosperity under codenames like ‘stagflation’, unemployment was at 74% in 1981. Guess that was why fuel was so cheap back then and the lines were so long to get it eh? Anyway the last thing the nation needs is the price and wage rates set by governmental fiat from the White House or Capitol Hill.

I’ll stick with the free market thanks.

Also even if it is “only 250,000 BPD” that is a better shot into the economy than Barry’s unicorn farts he is counting on as the perfect energy source.

I’ll take the 20 cents.

sven10077 on September 7, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Rasmussen is out today (and keep in mind its a rollig 3 day so includes the last two days)

Its a dead even tie as of now.

William Amos on September 7, 2008 at 8:58 AM

That means McCain has lost because Barry has the momentum since he was so far behind last week.

//Ralphie

sven10077 on September 7, 2008 at 9:08 AM

sven10077 on September 7, 2008 at 9:07 AM

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on September 7, 2008 at 1:50 AM

Not quite sure you understand my position, I’m not in favor of increasing unemployment, or going to a controlled economy to lower gas prices. Just stating that market forces dictate for the most part oil prices. One thing that can lower gas prices in the near future is a stronger dollar. Under the Bush administration the federal debt has increased by 2/3, while the value of the dollar dropped 41% against the Euro. A return to fiscal restraint by the federal government would do wonders for the dollar.

BadgerHawk on September 7, 2008 at 7:56 AM

I think that nuclear power along with the continual development of alternative energy resources combined with investment in more gas efficient cars is the answer to our energy crisis. I just don’t think that the minimal decrease in prices at the pump is worth the catastrophic economic price coastal states would pay if their was an accident. Its a position that the republican Governor of the state of California and republican senator from Florida share. Now I do support drilling that would present a minimal envriomental risk, but I think its a stop-gap measure that is not a long term solution.

Ric on September 7, 2008 at 2:24 PM

There’s a mayor on the Presidential ticket? I could have sworn there was a governor.

eforhan on September 7, 2008 at 9:08 PM

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