Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Offshore Drilling

Some smart people on the right (and some not so smart people) believe that they've found a magic bullet for what ails the GOP in the offshore drilling issue.

Or, as Newt says, "Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less."


Forget for a moment that offshore drilling is "sh*tty" policy (and when you start rebuilding a brand using bad policy that you're screwed to begin with).

What does it say about a political party when its "best" minds think that they've found a solution to current problems in a political fight that's been going on for 30 years?


And furthermore, assume that the GOP gets exactly what it wants and the offshore drilling starts tomorrow. What do Republicans say to the voters between now and when the gasoline prices (maybe) come down (a few cents) five years (or more) from now?

Uh, we're keeping our fingers crossed that there won't be an oil spill and you should to? Wanna build a nuke plant while we wait?


We think it's smart politics to harness voter anger over high gas prices (duh!), but the Republicans need to dream bigger.

They have nothing to lose.

And everything to gain.