What? Obama "may support" drilling?

Oh, this is just a day of riches!

The Headline: “Obama Shifts, says he may back offshore drilling”.

A better headline, perhaps, in light of today’s festivities in Congress might be, “Under the Bus Goes the Pelosi”

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that’s what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.

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

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

Asked about Obama’s comment, McCain said, “We need oil drilling and we need it now offshore. He has consistently opposed it. He has opposed nuclear power. He has opposed reprocessing. He has opposed storage.” The GOP candidate said Obama doesn’t have a plan equal to the nation’s energy challenges.

Hey, all I know is, yesterday his solution was pretty much, “I’ll give everyone a thousand dollars to help with home heating oil.”. There’s a lasting tactic. Oh! And I forgot! We can solve the problem by keeping our tires inflated!.

I’m all for politicians changing their opinions when facts change. But what is the fact that has change, exactly, between yesterday and today?

I mean, aside from the GOP having a mini-revolt over The Pelosi’s refusal to allow open debate or actual voting on drilling, and Obama’s numbers dropping to McCain’s level’s (although it’s still early to take polls that seriously) What fact about energy and oil production or national security has changed, between yesterday and today?

The gang of 10?

So, I don’t know where it’s all going, but today, I am liking Obama a little better, because you know…you gotta be able to compromise. Wasn’t Bush’s “stubbornness” what the Dems hated about him so much? Maybe next week, Obama will really admit that the surge worked. After all, today someone in his campaign admitted that the card was indeed played.

Allah says: Don’t call it a flip-flop, call it a tactical readjustment
Obi’s Sister recounts the day
Red State says The President should call a special session; I expect he might.
La Malkin says she smells fear. I don’t know about that. But I do think the Democrat leadership feels a bit backhanded, just now.

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  • lsheldon

    He is connected to the Weather Underground –> windcock politics

  • dmd25

    “Obama Shifts, says he may back offshore drilling”.

    Obama Shifts???? Why don’t they say it for what it is? Obama saw what happened today and maybe is getting the point that 75% of Americans are in favor of drilling? His ‘shift’ is not about doing the right thing, this is about politics and polls. We need a leader with principles and fortitude and judgment to make the right decision no matter what. Obama is not the man.

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  • Joseph

    You’re a good egg, Anchoress. From much experience I know I can rely on your blog as one of the best snapshots I know of the real state of conservatism in America. Your genuine good nature and the excitement and curiosity you have brought to blogging gives me a far better insight into the politics opposed to my own than the overheated rants on more contentious blogs.

    The only thing I wish is that you would remove that base libel about bureaucrats that you have put at the top of your pages, or, failing that, take some time to blog about it in more depth. I’ve been a bureaucrat occasionally and for the past three years I have interacted on a weekly basis with Federal, State, or County bureaucrats, and without some better qualification, your statement simply isn’t true.

    One of the reasons I like to read you is your careful categorizations of your posts. It allows me to get beyond the surface of daily event excitement and take a close look at what is permanently on the mind of an intelligent and good hearted conservative. I took a very good look at the post list, and I noticed that you had 97 posts categorized under Barack Obama and 33 under John McCain. Clearly my candidate of choice is much more on your mind than your own.

    Moreover when I skimmed back through the McCain posts I really could find very little about McCain in them. Now I went fast and I may have missed something, but the only definite evidence I encountered about his actual views on anything was a link to the publication by Drudge of his rejected op-ed piece on Iraq for the New York Times. I think your standing accusation of bias against the Times is quite true, but the paper would have done McCain no favor by publishing it. It reads exactly as if McCain wrote it himself and was too proud of it to let the campaign find a politically sympathetic professional editor to polish it up. You’re in the writing business and I’m sure you know precisely what I mean.

    What’s more important, however, is that in your mind [at least as it appears on your blog] this election is about Barack Obama and Barack Obama only. This also appears to be the case in the general political arena and even in the McCain campaign itself.

    Frankly, this is why your candidate is in deep trouble. As long as the election stays about Obama, particularly in the minds of conservatives, Obama is going to win. There are three reasons for this. First, Obama is no John Kerry. He has much brighter wits and because of his swift rise to national prominence, he has made far fewer enemies and has had neither the time nor the scope to do something really politically stupid. I seriously doubt he will do so in the next 90 days. Obama simply has no obvious vulnerability to exploit, so all press is good press for him, even the occasional personal fumble or modification of political views.

    Second, not only has John McCain fallen off the radar screen, so have all of the hot button issues that conservatives really care about and can use to make a strong case for their point of view. Remember the “security moms”? Obama is certainly not going to bring them up. McCain isn’t bringing them up. And if you go back through your archives for this year, they’ve vanished from there, too!

    Think about it. It’s all very well to talk about MSM bias, but has the conservative treatment of McCain, or of themselves, really been that different?

    Finally nobody seems to realize that when you shine a harsh light on something there is always a sharp shadow. As long as the McCain campaign, or the irregular troops on the blogs, keep telling everybody that Obama is just an inexperienced, spotlight-hungry, entertainer, they are also revealing that, so far, McCain has been nothing but an ancient, crashing bore. Even his supporters don’t seem to find him all that interesting. And his op-ed piece would have done nothing to undermine this impression.

    McCain has to show that he is something more than that, or the only question will be by how much is he going to lose.

    Whatever you can say against Hillary Clinton, she is certainly not a bore. She tried exactly this set of campaign tactics against Obama and was ignominiously defeated.

    Doesn’t anybody get it?

    [Joseph - some valid points (although you must read the header remark in context at the link which is up there in red) but it's beddy bye time for ye aulde insomniac, so I can't address all of it - my mind is cobwebby at this hour.

    Thanks for the kind words; they're appreciated. Let me just say that if Obama is garnerning 2/3 more attention from me than McCain is, it's also because he's getting 2/3's more coverage and that many more headlines, which is not a supposition but a researched fact, although I don't have the link right now. Moreover, you must remember, I was never much of a McCain fan. I admire his personal history and his honorable service, and I have come to admire his wife, but he was never my first or second choice for president...in fact, when I wrote about the GOP needing "flavor" in '08 (all the way back in '06) I had to be nudged into remembering McCain and still could only shrug about him. In fact, I am STILL not convinced that he will be the GOP nominee - not totally. And if "I" have made the campaign about Obama, and if McCain has, then it's interesting to note that only last week someone - I think it was Tapper - was saying that the PRESS had made the election "all about Obama" and that's not always a plus. Btw, I never said Hillary was boring, and I didn't support the "operation chaos" idea. I WANTED to see a McCain/Hillary dust up. Either one of them clearly would bring more experience and more savvy to the job than Obama, although he is not without cunning! :-)

    Btw - just as an afterthought...the other day, re Buster you thought I was writing about Starbucks (awful, burnt tasting coffee, by my lights). I wasn't, but you made the point that it was "American owned." Today I was at a stoplight, saw a starbucks and remembered what you wrote...and I thought..."so? When did I ever care who owned what? When did I ever evidence xenophobia to anyone?" I don't think I have. In fact, inasmuch as some on the left love to write me the nastiest emails you could imagine, calling me all sorts of names, I really don't look at someone and see a "gender" or a "sexuality" or a "race." I wasn't raised to. I like men. I have gay family members. I have African-American family members, etc. I'm a patriot but I am not a xenophobe. (I think that was more than proved when I was taken to task by the right for going against them on illegal immigration). I am and remain a "classical liberal" because I was raised in the era when liberalism meant something very different than it does today. Humphrey, Jackson, Tip O'Neill - and he was as fighting as Irishman as there could be - would never operate with the high-hand Mrs. Pelosi brings to government.

    That sharp shadow you talk about goes both ways, with the times...does it not? - admin]

  • Terrye

    Obama is completely into winning. He does not care what he has to do or say to do it.

  • Piano Girl

    Well, it’s no wonder that Obama has had some problems with his hips and needed to seek medical help this past week…all that flip-flopping on issues hurts. Seems like he’s following in the footsteps of the HillBillies ~ wet your finger and stick it up in the air to see which way the wind blows.

    I’m starting to think McCain might just pull off a victory in November. He certainly wasn’t my first or second choice, but compared to his opponent, I have no choice but to vote for McCain, and at this point in the election cycle I will do so gladly!

  • Joseph

    Actually, since I discovered rss my own experience of the press may be skewed. I like raw news and more world news than is in the usual mix, so I pull direct from the AP, Reuters, UPI, BBC, NPR, and CNN wires. I also pick up Roll Call, Christian Science Monitor, Reuters Crisis Alert Net, McClatchy Washington Bureau, and the Economist–all of whom deserve more attention than they get. But my companion likes to watch the glossier CNN and MSNBC political commentary and they seem to be doing their darnedest to pretend this is a neck and neck horse race. It really isn’t.

    Last week, when Gallup recorded an eight point Obama lead, this post-trip spurt was matched by another eight points in a regular July poll taken by Pew Research deliberately using the same format, questions, and sampling techniques that they used in July 2000 and July 2004. The comparative results were astonishing: in July 2000, Gore led Bush by 1 percentage point [a close match to the actual popular vote] and in July 2004 Bush led Kerry by 2 percentage points [which is also not a bad fit to the later popular totals]. That Obama, coming off his little publicity foray popped up to eight full points is positively jaw-dropping. Give him anything that puts him in any favorable light and he takes off like a rocket. Surely the old, tired, whipped to distraction MSM are not that much more coverage biased in 2008 than they were in 2004 and 2000. More importantly, Obama has already bettered John Kerry’s numbers across all demographic groups including white males and seniors, who, supposedly, are his weakest chain links.

    If you look at the state polls, the potential winner-take-all Electoral College results are even more devastating: Give John McCain every state in which he currently has a lead and every state that’s too close to call and Obama still garners 284 EC votes–14 more than the magic number of 270. Split the toss-ups evenly between them and Obama’s score pops up to 304!

    That little trip of Obama’s was instructive, but not in the way that most people are reading it. There were a pair of headlines, from different sources, that I saw together because of rss: Obama Gets Pop-star Reception In Berlin and McCain Visits German Restaurant In Columbus.

    Biased coverage or not, there’s a real difference there: Obama’s campaign gets the candidate to make news, to do interesting stuff and say interesting stuff. McCain’s people seem to be clueless about this. You’ve got to give the press some help. If the McCain campaign trots out a nasty commercial that says something startling, such as comparing Obama to Paris Hilton, it gets full and dutiful coverage and even a free sound bite–because it’s interesting. And its about the only interesting thing they do. It also makes them sound foolish because of the unintentional comic image it evokes of Barack and Paris on the same stage not looking alike in the least.

    Obama gave McCain’s people every possible advantage with the trip. He was talking about it as far back as March, but they just kept harping over and over about his “inexperience”, with clearly no sense of how they could be sucker punched. Obama’s quite open response essentially was, “Well, maybe I should get some experience.” So Obama’s people announce the trip, with plenty of lead time for the McCain campaign to work with. What do they do? They run out the campaign spokesperson to say, “There, we told you he was inexperienced!” Well, big whoop! So the news editor gets to clutter up his shrinking news hole or precious air time with: McCain Campaign Reiterates Obama ‘Inexperienced’.

    It’s not news.

    And then the candidate goes on his merry weekday round of dull stump speeches in the heartland and takes the weekends, when people have real time to pay attention to him, off.

    So Obama goes off, taking just about the entire press corps with him. Obama schmoozes with World Leaders, tours battle areas, has high level conferences with generals-in-charge, and makes major speeches in imposing venues. The White House even helps him out by [apparently] arm-twisting the Germans behind the scenes to keep Obama away from the Brandenburg Gate. And, of course, when gossip about this leaks out there’s more interesting news about Obama’s trip.

    Bias admitted and aside what would you rather do? Go with Obama on a whirlwind world tour? Or eat bratwurst with McCain in Columbus, Ohio? [Not that the bratwurst at Schmidt's Sausage Haus isn't justifiably renowned. It's actually top of the tree.] And if you’re the news editor which story do you really want to use to fill the column inches for your readers or the air minutes for your viewers?

    More importantly, the McCain campaign was caught flat-footed with nothing newsworthy for their candidate to do to steal any of Obama’s thunder, and no prepared advertising to deal with Obama’s foray, despite weeks of advance notice. McCain could have come out with all the fanfare and announced his vice-presidential choice. The media practically solicited this by repeatedly printing the rumor that he might do it on the days when he was doing nothing much at all. Or he could have rounded up Rudy Guliani, gone to Ground Zero, and made The Major Foreign Policy Speech, to show us just how “experienced” he is. A well-ghosted jeremiad about the dangers of a nuclear Iran would have been perfect for it.

    But…on the day of Obama’s major speech in the Tiergarten in Berlin–with the sunset burnishing him, his excellently tailored suit, his high rhetoric about the Berlin Airlift, and his disarming flashbulb smile–what is McCain doing? He is attending a Cancer Survivors Conference where the organizers persuade him to come to Schmidt’s in German Village for lunch. It is impromptu, there is no advance prep and nobody is even remotely aware of the unflattering comic contrast this is going to make with what Obama’s doing.

    Worse yet, because Schmidt’s is at the end of a brick-cobbled cul-de-sac, the local TV guys corner McCain unexpectedly in front of the Sausage Haus and ask him about Obama. McCain is clearly not prepared for this and all he can do is mumble some diffuse and discursive remark, once again, about Obama’s inexperience. I saw the clip myself on local TV. I really don’t think it gave McCain a running start to catching up with Obama in Ohio.

    What do they do after Obama comes back? They spend a few days griping about Obama “acting presidential” and not visiting veterans in the hospital, then they finally come out with an expensive high production values commercial whose devastating shot at Obama is the goofy comparison to Paris Hilton.

    I’m afraid you’re wrong, Anchoress, about some vast revolt of already pledged delegates to draft Rudy Guliani or Mitt Romney or somebody else. They will nominate McCain, probably with some speech or other by Joe Lieberman about “keeping America safe” when most of us are more worried at the moment about keeping America, and ourselves, solvent. About the best that can be hoped for is that someone somewhere will write something rhetorically compelling for McCain to say about stuff he’s already said, and that McCain will pull together some semblance of “presidential” authority and stage presence to give that acceptance speech.

    The business about bureaucrats will have to wait as will the issue of how few things [besides retail sales--and even less and less of that] are done by American companies who retain their competitive edge. But rest assured I am still thinking about it, as you seem to be also.

    [Sorry, Joseph, to only skim your very long response, but I have a busy day in front of me - just to reassure though I do NOT think there is going to be some sort of last minute revolt against McCain; were he to not be the nominee, it would be another reason, as with health, etc. - that is all I meant by that, just a bugaboo I've had since the beginning. I don't mind being wrong. - admin]

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