Opening The Files: 10/13/07

Things are heating up for both sides in the Get Gore campaign.


Commentary By: The Xsociate

An Assault on Nobel Reason

Depending on ones political slant, yesterday you were either suffering from Goremania or Gore-aphobia with the news that Al Gore had won the Nobel Peace Prize. Righties immediately sought to downplay the significance of the award. They were joined by the always obliging Fox News who, though a little slow on the uptake, were soon smearing in style.

With this cap to a year of awards, naturally the topic soon turned to the heated speculation (pun intended) of whether Al would seek out the most coveted prize of all: the Presidency. It’s not all that surprising that in the wake of this award, the thirst for a Gore candidacy would only become more parched. After all, it is but another example of how were it not for the decision of nine Supreme Court justices seven years ago to award Bush the presidency, we may not find ourselves in such dire straits regarding a multitude of problems facing humanity.

In light of that, it’s not surprising there are those pondering what might have been.

Noam Scheiber wonders what effect all the gaga over Gore is having on Bush. Al probably shouldn’t wait up for that congratulatory call.

Gotta love Fox News’ suggestion about who should have been awarded a “peace” prize. Then again, “peace” has been a pretty relative term with them for a while. Hunter, meanwhile, has some other suggestions.

Bob Franken ponders what a head to head with fellow Tennessean Fred Thompson would look like should Al run. For Fred’s stake, lets hope it doesn’t come down to giving short, concise answers.

And some wonder what Gore’s advocacy of confronting climate change has to go with a world peace. My bloghost at ASZ Richard Blair connects the dots for us.

(X-posted at The Xsociate Files)

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by The Xsociate |

RedState Whack Job Foments Revolution, Over Dish Soap

Erick Erickson runs RedState, and he went over the hill Tuesday, whining and gnashing his teeth about an environmental regulation in Washington State, so much that he talked about how the regulation, or one like it, could be the basis of armed revolt. The regulation eliminates phosphates in dish soap. It is to ensure safe drinking water.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

This isn’t just any whack job at the extremist right wing web site Red State. It’s the Managing Editor, Erick Erickson. As Yglesias points out, Erickson got his panties in a bunch over an environmental requirement in Washington State. Darn those people in Washington who want clear running streams and rivers! Evidently Erickson was having a little mental episode, because he went off. Direct from Red State:

Washington State has turned its residents into a group of drug runners – crossing state lines to buy dish washer detergent with phosphate.

At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?

At some point soon, it will happen. It’ll be over an innocuous issue. But the rage is building. It’s not a partisan issue. There is bipartisan angst at out of control government made worse by dumb bans like this and unintended consequences like AIG’s bonus problems.

. . .

Were I in Washington State, I’d be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation.

I’m still trying to connect the dots between banning phosphates and bonuses at AIG. Oh well! Yes, Erickson is advocating that people barricade their homes and get their guns ready rather than use a laundry detergent without phosphates. I kid you not. And this guy gets air time on MSNBC and CNN according to his bio. Hey, he sounds about as whacked out as Glenn Beck and Chuck Norris, and that’s saying something.

Hey, what is it about Republicans who claim to have the rights of states as one of their values, and then when the state decides to regulate in a way they don’t like they conveniently forget about that so-called value? Isn’t that what Norm Coleman is doing with the threat to go to the SCOTUS with his whiney self?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 by Steven Reynolds |

6 Million Gallons of Oil + Volcano = Cooked Inlet?

There’s not much in the way of common sense in Alaska these days, but this one can’t be set at Sarah Palin’s feet. Still, she’ll probably get in the way when it comes to finding out how to remove 6 million gallons of fuel from the path of Redoubt’s eruptions.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I suppose they are getting used to environmental disasters in Alaska by now. The tank farm at the base of Redoubt has been evacuated, and it seems from reports that few contingency plans were made for this situation where an active volcano actually erupted. Gee, who could have predicted that? Where’s Bobby Jindal when you need him? From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

An Alaska volcano continued to rumble Tuesday amid new concerns that eruptions and mud flows will damage a nearby oil terminal where about 6 million gallons of crude oil are stored.

The 10,200-foot Mount Redoubt volcano about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage erupted Sunday night. Since then, there have been five more explosions with the latest occurring Monday night. That one, likely a flow of hot gas and rock, shot an ash plume into the air that was 40,000 to 50,000 feet high.

I suppose I could have extended that quotation some about how they don’t know how to evacuate the oil, etc., but I think the prognosis is maybe the best way to end this little piece. From a fisherman in Cook Inlet:

Tom Evans, an Alaska Native from the lower Cook Inlet village of Nanwalek, said people depend on inlet fisheries to feed their families.

“It makes no sense to store oil at the base of an erupting volcano,” he said.

Well, sense is in short supply in Alaska these days, I guess.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 by Steven Reynolds |

Earth Hour – 3/28/09, 8PM to 9PM

Simple gestures mean a lot, and can have a tremendous impact. What if, for one evening hour on March 28th, everyone – I mean everyone – in the Eastern time zone switched off their lights? Earth Hour is just such a movement that’s already gathered millions of followers in just two years.

Commentary By: Richard Blair

VOTE EARTHThis year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 by Richard Blair |

Boy Scouts: Forget Trustworthiness, Conservation

Today’s Boy Scouts have been embroiled in issues concerning religion and gay and lesbian rights, that’s for sure, but who would have thought they would support clearcutting over conservation, despite the wishes of the man who donated the land to them. Perhaps they are adding a clearcutting merit badge to the list of honors a boy can earn?


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I’ve mentioned before on these pages that I am an Eagle scout, son of a father who is an Eagle scout, brother or three Eagles scouts as well. As much as I found value in those experiences, the setting and achieving of goals, and especially of the values of the scouting oath, I would be hard-pressed to render my son’s moral upbringing even in part to the guidance of the Boy Scouts of America. As this case in Spokane represents, it appears the Boy Scouts can’t be trusted, at least not with a solemn bequest. They were given a bequest of 400 acres, and the donor showed with his own work that he wanted the land to be used for a Boy Scout camp. Well, they’ve been clearcutting it. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

It’s been 62 years since conservationist Virgil McCroskey donated 400 acres of timberland near this village in Idaho’s panhandle to the Boy Scouts, with big ideas for a big new camp.

But don’t expect any pup tents or even the faintest whiff of smoke from Camp McCroskey these days. Falling trees extinguished the campfire years ago.

Rarely used for camping, the land instead has become a moneymaker for the Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts. Over the past 35 years, the council has clearcut and otherwise logged parts of the gift, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars – some going to pay off the mortgage on council headquarters in Spokane, according to a former member of the council’s directors board.

Never mind that McCroskey shunned logging in his later years, supporters say, or that he specifically cited how the Scouts should use the land when he deeded it in 1947: “for camp and recreational purposes, the site to be known as –Virgil Talmadge McCroskey Camp.’ “

Council officials interpret McCroskey’s deed to mean they can log the land, as long as revenues are spent on anything related to “recreational purposes.”

That last bit sounds like an awfully liberal interpretation of Virgil McCroskey’s wishes. Instead of building a camp at the site, they logged the site, providing income to the Boy Scouts, for sure, and they probably did use that for recreational purposes. But it should be clear to most of us that Virgil McCroskey intended that this 400 acres be used by boys enjoying the great outdoors, and even learning lessons about conservation rather than about clearcutting.

According to the wikipedia entry for Mr. McCroskey, he was dedicated to conservation even in the face of logging threats, fighting for a long while to found a couple state parks in the region with land he donated. No, reading that entry could give the Boy Scouts little doubt as to the ends he intended for the land he donated to them. They simply were not trustworthy in carrying out Mr. McCroskey’s desires. And they evidently don’t give a whit about conservation.

Sunday, February 1st, 2009 by Steven Reynolds |

Sean Hannity: Champion Fighting Goose Abortions!

News Hounds found that Sean Hannity mistakenly blamed Democrats, specifically Chuck Schumer for the crash of US Airways Flight 1549, but further investigation finds that this was all a smokescreen so Hannity could disparage a group that is all about the abortions of perfectly viable baby goslings. Hannity is surely today’s hero.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Well, it’s like this. News Hounds has some commentary on last night’s Hannity show in which he decided to blame the US Airways near-disaster on Democrats. He traced it all to an earmark New York Senator Chuck Schumer got in 2004 for the environmental group Geesepeace (no, I did not make that up). Geesepeace’s aim is to solve goose problems peacefully. OK, that’s a quick summary of the real Geesepeace mission, and frankly I wish they would deal with a little of the goose droppings issue here in Philly along the Schuylkill River Trail, but that’s another issue altogether.

So, anyway, Hannity did an Olympic-level leap to a conclusion. I understand it’s going to be on the Sportscenter highlights tonight. Hannity put two and two together and came of with the square root of a canned ham. Basically, he blamed the earmark that went to Geesepeace for the birds that evidently were sucked into the engine of US Airways Flight 1549, even though the investigation into the causes of the crash are likely years away from completion. News Hounds made fun of Sean Hannity for jumping the gun, leaping to a conclusion, being stupid, etc., and they may be right, but what they didn’t report is that Hannity is consistent morally, if completely off on the issue of Geesepeace and US Airways Flight 1549.

You see, Hannity didn’t bother to investigate and find out that Geesepeace actually works to limit the population of geese by searching out nests and addling or oiling the eggs of Canadian geese, essentially a crude form of goose abortion. Give them more money and fewer accidents are going to happen, not more, as Hannity claimed, because Geesepeace is aborting goslings! That’s their raison d’etre, the death of baby geese!!! “Geesepeace” should be called the “Gosling Death Squad!” Yes, they are goslingkillers, and this is likely the real reason Hannity is after them. The whole thing about Chuck Schumer? SMOKE SCREEN! Hannity just wants Geesepeace destroyed because they abort baby geese.

Now you know the rest of the story.

Monday, January 19th, 2009 by Steven Reynolds |

John McCain, UFOs and the Toxic Avenger

John McCain believes in UFOs? Who knew? Maybe he believes in the Easter Bunny, too. But the real story here is Sarah Palin’s tenure as Mayor of Wasilla Alaska, where her policies supporting unfettered growth made the Lake Lucille an environmental death pit.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Today’s funnies are ture. Heck, one comes from FauxNews, so it must bee true, right? It all reads like a 50′s B movie, though. John McCain evidently believes in UFOs. Yeah, I’m not making this up. OK, I don’t know if the FauxNews footage is real. It’s evidently from the beginning of a movie. Still, if believing in UFOs could contribute to the downfall of the McCain campaign, then someone ought to look into this McCain thing further.

So, first is the UFOs, and now the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Don’t you know that’s got to be outside Sarah Palin’s house. Everyone knows all those monsters in the 50′s B movies were caused by escaped radioactive material. Mothra, Godzilla, etc. OK, at least that was the metaphorical cause. As we practiced “duck and cover” in the classrooms, we thrilled to giant mutations attacking our cities on the silver screen. In Sarah Palin’s case, and right outside her door on Lake Lucille, it isn’t the a nuclear horror rising from the Lake Lucille, but the Creature from the Black Lagoon rising from a body of dead water. It’s not any creature at all. The lake is dead, useful only for float plane landings.

This one is a very real story. Sarah Palin claims that all Alaskans are protective of the environment. From salon.com:

Palin recently told the New Yorker magazine that Alaskans “have such a love, a respect for our environment, for our lands, for our wildlife, for our clean water and our clean air. We know what we’ve got up here and we want to protect that, so we’re gonna make sure that our developments up here do not adversely affect that environment at all. I don’t want development if there’s going to be that threat to harming our environment.”

But as mayor of her hometown, say many local critics, Palin showed no such stewardship.

Alas, because of the rampant development Sarah Palin sponsored during her time as Mayor of Wasilla, according to the article, Lake Lucille, already in dire condition, has become an overgrown pit where fish can’t live.

But while Mayor Stein tried to impose some reason on Wasilla’s helter-skelter development, and its growing pressures on Mat-Su Valley’s environmental treasures, when Sarah Palin took his place, she quickly announced, “Wasilla is open for business.”

“That’s for sure,” Church said. “Sarah was so eager for big-box stores to move in that she allowed Fred Meyer to build right on Wasilla Lake, and her handpicked successor, Dianne Keller, has done the same with Target.”

Under Mayor Palin’s reign, Fred Meyer, an emporium that sells everything from groceries to gold watches to gardening tools, lost no time in leveling a stand of trees overlooking the lake for its big-box store. When Fred Meyer applied for permission to pump the storm drainage from its parking lot – with all the usual automobile sludge – into the lake, outraged citizens finally cried enough.

“We mobilized public opposition,” said Church, who led the Friends of Mat-Su, a pro-planning group, at the time. “We forced them to put in ditches and grassy swales to catch the runoff.

“Sarah was such a great cheerleader for Wasilla, but she did nothing to protect its beauty. She’d go to these Chamber of Commerce meetings and say, –Wasilla is the most beautiful place in the world!’ And we’d just sit there gagging.”

A city official in nearby Palmer, who has lived in the Mat-Su Valley his whole life, sadly admitted: “Sarah sent the growth into overdrive. And now they’re choking on traffic and sprawl, all built on their ignorance and greed.

“I try to avoid driving to Wasilla so I won’t get depressed,” added the official, who asked for his name to be withheld, to avoid Palin’s “wrath.”

“You get visually mugged when you drive through there. I take the long way, through the back roads, just to avoid it.”

Wasilla City Council member Dianne Woodruff hears the same lament about her town all the time. “Everywhere in Alaska, you hear people say, –We don’t want to be another Wasilla.’ We’re not just the state’s meth capital, we’re the ugly box-store capital. Was Sarah a good steward of this beautiful valley? No. I think it comes from her lack of experience and awareness of other places, how other cities try to preserve what makes them attractive and livable.

Let’s say Sarah Palin was truthful when she said she wanted to preserve the environment. This evidence means she was a failure, far more interested in economic growth at the expense of the lake in her own back yard. Yeah, she lives on that lake. That kind of failure spells incompetence. She claims she thinks Wasilla is beautiful, yet can’t even see that the lake in her own back yard? That spells insanity, or lying to cover up her failure.

Of course, Republicans are not as concerned with the environment as Democrats, so this rape of the environment won’t cause her the support of the core GOP supporters. But independents should hear about this. Please pass the word.

Oh, just a little Palin bonus: What happened when Sarah Palin was asked if the Vice President’s office was part of the Executive Branch? Guess!

Friday, September 19th, 2008 by Steven Reynolds |

Sex and Drugs and Oil, Another Bush Scandal

A new Bush scandal has erupted. It is unclear whether Bush appointees are involved. The incompetence that allowed this trade in sex, drugs, favors and vacations has “Republican” written all over it. We cannot let Republicans manage our scarce resources, not when McCain wants to drill everywhere, mismanaging more contracts.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Just when John McCain is hyped up on drilling for oil everywhere he can, no matter the environmental concerns he used to espouse, we’ve got an Bush scandal that puts to doubt Republican management of government yet again. These folks are incompetents, after all. John McCain is espousing the drilling policies Bush has been pushing all along, but the Bush Administration can’t even manage its own people, who are trading the rights for drilling and exploration for sex, drugs, favors, etc. From CBSNews:

Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies they were dealing with and received numerous gifts from them, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with – and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from – oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department’s inspector general.

The investigations reveal a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” by a small group of individuals “wholly lacking in acceptance of or adherence to government ethical standards,” wrote Inspector General Earl E. Devaney.

The reports describe a fraternity house atmosphere inside the Denver Minerals Management Service office responsible for marketing the oil and gas that energy companies barter to the government instead of making cash royalty payments for drilling on federal lands. The government received $4.3 billion in such Royalty-in-Kind payments last year. The oil is then resold to energy companies or put in the nation’s emergency stockpile.

Between 2002 and 2006, nearly a third of the 55-person staff in the Denver office received gifts and gratuities from oil and gas companies, the investigators found.

No doubt McCain will now crow how he and only he can clean this sort of scandal up, because he’s MarverickMan! But only if he’s got his sidekick Sarah “Bridge to Earmarks” right beside him. As such, we need to hit McCain hard on his close ties to the oil industry and its lobbyists. We need to also hit McCain on his close ties to the incompetence that is the Bush Administration. How many of his campaign team worked for Bush, for instance. How many bucks have been given to McCain by those companies involved in this scandal? This shouldn’t be too hard for folks to research.

Now Sarah Palin is one who knows about oil royalties, as the Governor of a state that depends on them for its very survival. Surely there’s a way to tie her into this mess as well.

We might look also at the Brownie factor. Did Bush put incompetents in charge at the Department of interior? Oh, there are bloggers out there who can give you the scoop on Gale Norton, the woman in charge when this scandal started, better than I. I do know from the Wikipedia article on Norton that she was invloved with Abramoff both through donations by Abramoff to the CREA, which she founded, and also through Rep. Doolittle of CA. Norton left the Department of Interior through a revolving door to a lucrative position at Shell Oil. The current occupant of the office, Dirk Kempthorne, seems harmless, except for his extreme low scores from the League of Conservation Voters. .

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 by Steven Reynolds |

Osama bin-Laden: Preferred Oil Supplier to the U.S. of A.?

When the Big Oil lobby is so desperate to get an offshore oil lease deal done before their best friends leave office that they invoke the specter of Osama bin-Laden as a preferred oil supplier to the U.S., there’s something going on. And you can be sure that it isn’t in your best interest.

Commentary By: Richard Blair

Perhaps the most striking take-away from the four days of GOP conventioneering in St. Paul was the “DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW” crowd. Every single time one of the speakers mentioned oil, the crowd resounded with a “DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW” chant. It was somewhat humorous, but lost its edge about the tenth time that Big Oil lobbyists led the chant from the sky boxes in the hall.

There is no question that Big Oil is pulling out all of the stops in order to open up restricted offshore drilling areas prior to the Bush regime sneaking out the back door of the White House in January, 2009. The volume from the noise machine has grown very loud, and increasingly shrill.

Never mind that, if the offshore fields were opened up today, it would be five to ten years before a drop was flowing from the region. Never mind that the oil lobby appears to be trying to short circuit the lengthy environmental impact studies that must be completed before exploration begins. Never mind that conservation measures which would reduce demand by as little as 5% would have the same impact on oil supplies that billions and billions of dollars worth of drilling would have. Never mind that it’s not about actually about, you know, drilling – it’s really not – it’s about the leases for the fields.

I received the following email from an outfit called “Americans for American Energy”:

From: Greg Schnacke
Subject: More American Energy Hurts The Terrorists
To: allspinzone
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 2:11 PM@americansforamericanenergy.net>

Drill Here, Drill Now

When the Big Oil lobby is so desperate to get an offshore oil lease deal done before their best friends leave office that they invoke the specter of Osama bin-Laden as a preferred oil supplier to the U.S., there’s something going on. And you can be sure that it isn’t in your best interest.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

Rumor: McCain to Flip Flop Again on Drilling

John McCain is bludgeoning Barack Obama on energy issues that are surely false, but the theme of drilling off our coastlines is gaining steam. Alas, the reason McCain picked up this theme was the extreme high prices at the pump. Now that the prices are lowering, look for another John McCain flip flop.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Much has been made of John McCain’s panicked reactions to high gas prices over the last several months. Remember when he called for the gimmicky gas tax holiday? You never hear anything about that nowadays, because it was an imprudent gimmick. That McCain idea was slammed hard on all fronts, even by Dick Cheney. Well, rumor has it that McCain’s recent panicky calls for drilling off every coast of the United States, calls also made in response to higher gas prices, may fade from the McCain campaign as well. It’s a combination of forces that are at work to take this McCain talking point off the table, both the incompetencies in the McCain campaign, and the lowering of gas prices nationwide.

First, McCain planned an event where he would give a major speech on drilling as much as possible off our coasts. He planned the photo op for an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana. Then a couple hurricanes got in the way, so McCain was only able to get out there Tuesday of this week. Yeah, his campaign could have picked a different rig and gotten this done sooner, but they come from the Bush school of incompetency, so this is what we should expect from them, a photo op come so late it is about to step on McCain’s next flip flop, which is surely coming. Note that the message of McCain at his photo op on the oil rig sounds so last month, when prices of gas were through the roof. From the Washington Post:

Standing on the Chevron-operated oil rig, which produces more than 10,000 barrels of oil per day, the presumptive Republican nominee declared that, as president, he would open the nation’s coasts to expanded drilling in a effort to lower gas prices and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

“When I’m president, there will be a whole lot more like this, not only here in the Gulf but also off of our East and West coasts,” McCain said in brief remarks to the media. “We need to drill offshore; we need to do it now.”

Yeah, that message was the same as it was weeks ago when the folks at the McCain campaign first planned the trip. But facts on the ground are changing. The reason McCain first became a tiger on the issue of oil rigs off ever seashore was because gas prices at the pump were out of control, rising well over $4 per gallon, and over $5 in Califonia. Those prices are now down. Gas prices are lower in Philly by significant margins, and they are lower in California, too. Indeed, there’s a spike in US oil supply. Time for a change in strategy for McCain?

Yeah, I started the rumor right here. Expect a McCain flip flop once again. His actions are already showing it. You see, John McCain is already opposed to bipartisan efforts to increase oil drilling off our coasts. Also from the Washington Post:

Democrats on Tuesday were quick to point out McCain’s opposition to a bipartisan effort in Congress that would include increased offshore drilling. In a conference call, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack accused McCain of being in the pocket of “big oil” companies.

“The reality is that Senator McCain can visit oil rigs and do photo ops all he wants, but it is pretty clear from the policies he’s advocating that he’s literally over the barrel when it comes to the oil industry,” Vilsack said. But McCain is not backing off his support of new drilling, and his visit here was the most striking declaration of that position.

The tour was brief, as officials spent half an hour explaining to him how oil and natural gas are extracted and produced at the rig. He spent more time traveling to the rig than he spent on it, and read his remarks from a sheet of paper an aide had prepared in what was essentially a photo-op at sea.

The reality here is that John McCain’s real energy policy is vague enough, as seen in his energy policy speech of April 23rd, 2007, that it can fit almost anything the guy wants to say, no matter the facts on the ground. That’s not leadership. No, it is not leadership to flip flop all over the map. McCain voted against drilling in ANWR just at the beginning of this year, and now he’s being pressured to flip flop on that. With gas prices going down, I expect him to moderate, at least after he gets as much oil company contributions as he can.

I filled up the rtank at $3.59 yesterday, and the Jersey prices may be down to $3.40 by this weekend when we head to the shore. Oh, the disastrous policies of the Bush Administration, supported by McCain all along the way, are what caused those high prices. Still, if they go down much further McCain won’t be able to use drilling as a campaign theme effectively. Look for him to flip flop once again.

Thursday, August 21st, 2008 by Steven Reynolds |
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