Note to Obama: GOP Is Not Interested in Compromise

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Anyone surprised by the White House announcement to lift the ban on some offshore oil drilling might be interested in this story, from August 2008:

Sen. Barack Obama today softened his opposition to new offshore drilling, saying in a speech at Michigan State University that he is “willing to consider” allowing additional drilling in a limited number of offshore areas if it helps Congress pass energy legislation.

And that, it seems, is the political calculus behind today’s announcement to expand the spots where offshore drilling will be allowed. But here’s a note to the White House: It’s not working.

Even as environmentalists are screaming bloody murder, GOP leaders are already pouncing on the plan — which would open large expanses of the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and the waters north of Alaska to oil drilling — as too limited in scope. It’s the same type criticism we heard on health care reform (even after Democrats dropped the public option). It’s the same type of criticism we’re hearing on financial reform (even though Democrats have scrapped the stand-alone consumer protection agency). And now we’re hearing it in the energy debate — as if the art of compromise doesn’t involve meeting the other side somewhere in the middle.

If this doesn’t prove the claims that the Republicans have been politically motivated to oppose everything the Democrats propose, nothing will. As an experiment, President Obama should endorse John Boehner for re-election in November. The House minority leader would probably vote for his challenger.

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P L O Y
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

This is a well timed political maneuver. Nothing more, nothing less.
Ob has read the tea leaves and wants to cool the center-right even though it will bring wrath from a segment of the left. Just a matter of applying political leverage at the right time. Before the election it was all about clean energy. That message resonated with the entire left. Now, it’s about robbing power from the energy debate before the coming election. Timing is everything. Ask Ob’s squeak toy Gibbs. He’ll tell you so with a straight face as long as the cameras are rolling.

We could have been accessing huge reserves of oil & NG long ago without the offshore debate. Don’t believe me? Google “USGS Bakken”


thefold-Chris
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

Yeah Mike, I usually tend to agree with you but this time I think Obama is doing more to position himself for the upcoming debate than anything else. I think he is acutely aware the GOP will not compromise one bit. He's spinning them in circles on this one. Props to the prez.


Brad
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

Of course now all motives from Republicans is going to be purely political for now on.

They basically got the shaft from Obama with any consideration of things that should have been changed or added to Obama Care. I can't say that I blame them. In fact I said that if that passed that I wouldn't be shocked if Obama never receives a single Republican vote in congress as long as he's in office. It could be a bill as simple as do not kick babies, and they won't vote for it.

This is what happens when you make big claims about wanting to be bipartisan and then not looking at both sides, the other side will then just completley turn it's back entirely. The only true bipartisan decisions for his bill were against it. He just wanted both sides to come to an agreement, as long as the agreement was for everything and only what his circle of Democrats wanted.


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This is what happens when you make big claims about wanting to be bipartisan and then not looking at both sides, the other side will then just completley turn it's back entirely. The only true bipartisan decisions for his bill were against it. He just wanted both sides to come to an agreement, as long as the agreement was for everything and only what his circle of Democrats wanted.


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Comment posted July 28, 2010 @ 7:39 am

We could have been accessing huge reserves of oil & NG long ago without the offshore debate. Don’t believe me? Google “USGS Bakken”


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Comment posted July 28, 2010 @ 7:40 am

We could have been accessing huge reserves of oil & NG long ago without the offshore debate. Don’t believe me? Google “USGS Bakken”


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