First, it was billions for nuclear power; now it’s more offshore drilling. Doubtless, Obama & Co. are going to try to get mileage out of the impression they’re “standing up to the special interests,” as in the environmental movement, steering a moderate course, etc. That approach certainly paid big dividends with the health insurance bill, after all.
The Rs sound placated already – Boehner On Board
And is that applause I hear coming from the base (remember, those people who sent money, went out canvassing, actually came out to vote for Hope and Change)? – The sound of one hand clapping
This is just the latest example of Obama’s version of Clintonian “triangulation,” with an added dollop of betrayal. Obama opposed more offshore drilling during his campaign (just as he championed a public option, but that’s beating a dead horse, apparently). It was McCain, Palin, Gingrich and the like who were chanting, “drill, baby, drill.”
NYT cocks a wary eyebrow – NYT: high risks, low rewards
What about a major investment in energy efficiency, and I don’t mean just mileage standards? How about a larger commitment to renewable energy?
Nope, we’re back to form – ladle it out to investment banks, insurance companies, Pharma, defense contractors, and energy companies, but show an empty pot to the tree-huggers, workers, and other important Dem constituents. The thinking at 1600 Pennsylvania is, once again, “where else are they gonna go?”
This is happening just as polls show Dems’ enthusiasm returning after the health insurance bill’s passage. That ain’t gonna last long.