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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Maverick Moment of the Day

posted by on July 22 at 11:33 AM

Congressional Quarterly on McCain’s new ad blaming Obama (and his cheering minions) for high gas prices:

What the ad pins on Obama and others who are “saying no to (new offshore) drilling in America” are the price increases the country is currently enduring. That saddles the Illinois senator with a lot more influence than he has had. If one were to line up all the leaders in Washington who share some responsibility for the offshore drilling moratorium the first President Bush, the Republican leadership of Congress, the Democratic leadership of Congress, the Florida delegation there would be quite a few people ahead of Obama. We find McCain’s claim to be False.

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I like this "column".

Posted by w7ngman | July 22, 2008 11:42 AM

this whole drilling BS is worse than the stupid gas tax holiday (which stupid HRC supported)

"Based on Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections of the effect of ANWR on crude oil prices, we estimate that opening up ANWR will reduce gasoline prices by just one cent, starting in 2018."

Now look how much gas prices have risen under the Bush presidency.

Posted by brett | July 22, 2008 11:45 AM

NPR played that McCain ad this morning as part of their news segment. It's really obnoxious.

Posted by The General | July 22, 2008 11:46 AM

i like the methodical approach to examining political arguments, i wish the media in general would take this method.

Posted by douglas | July 22, 2008 11:50 AM

John McCain doesn't even HAVE an energy policy. He's even behind most Republicans on the issue; the thoroughtly R legislature in Texas just approved a massive multi-billion dollar wind project.

Posted by Fnarf | July 22, 2008 12:07 PM

@5 - exactly, he's not even stuck in the 20th century, McSame is stuck in the 19th century.

America has moved on.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 22, 2008 12:17 PM


Texas is also reviving its previously shelved plans for high-speed rail in the "Texas T-Bone," connecting Houston to both San Antonio and Dallas with a junction near a fourth station in Austin.

In California, Schwarzenegger is a high-speed rail supporter this year after previously dragging his heels.

There is a reality-based element in the Republican Party; McCain's just not part of it.

Posted by Cascadian | July 22, 2008 12:32 PM

Ask the drill-happy how much of the added U.S. domestic production from the continental shelf would be kept off the world market and used solely for domestic purposes? It may still be quoted in dollars by the barrel, but since when does the U.S. set the global price for petroleum?

Posted by Laurence Ballard | July 22, 2008 12:37 PM

Forget McCains decades in the Senate spent destroying this country with his Republican friends.

Posted by Vince | July 22, 2008 1:26 PM

We won't support ball-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | July 22, 2008 1:35 PM

Wish we could get terrorist-funds-cutting high-speed passenger and freight rail here along the I-5 corridor from Vancouver BC to San Diego CA ...

But that would be ... prudent.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 22, 2008 2:35 PM

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