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Want to see some of McCain’s newfound support melt away?
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Just have him support the gang of 20's energy compromise. Why? Because it is a sham when it comes to that is directly opposed to his stated belief (drilling in all of the OCS) and it is loaded with what he says he opposes (wasteful spending):
The bill would open up a tiny little smidgen of space on the Outer Continental Shelf for oil and gas exploration — just enough that Democrats who vote for it can claim to be pro-drilling, neutralizing one of the Republicans’ most energizing issues going into the November elections. But the benefits of the bill’s meager drilling provisions would be negated (and then some) by $30 billion in tax hikes on U.S. oil companies, placing our own domestic producers at an additional disadvantage compared to their overseas competitors. In exchange for very little new supply, these companies would pay higher taxes related to the crucial activities of exploration and refinery-capacity expansion. To nobody’s great surprise, the industry is not eager to accept this trade.

The money raised by taxing U.S. oil companies would go to pay for $84 billion in new spending on dodgy renewable energy projects — mostly tax credits for hybrid cars and research grants for biofuel production. If you want to know how much of an impact this multi-billion-dollar giveaway for special interests is likely to have on gasoline prices, consider this: Since 2005, Congress has passed two energy bills chock full of subsidies for renewable energy, and gas prices have increased nearly $1.50 per gallon.
This is not what anyone but this crew means when they say "drill here, drill now". If John McCain supports it he will be rightfully called a flip-flopper. He'll have flipped on supporting opening the entire OCS for exploration and flopped in his pledge to oppose bills with wasteful spending.

Rumor has it he's thinking about supporting it.

If that's the case, 10 Sarah Palin's won't be able to save him from his own actions.
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I hope the rumor is wrong.
Written By: vnjagvet
Enough with the "gang of..." meme already.
Written By: Grimshaw
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Oh man... he can’t help himself can he? He’s an idiot if he does this, I don’t care what kind of spin his team thinks they can make.
Written By: meagain
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His selection of Palin would suggest otherwise.

But then, he was considering Lieberman.

Well, Lieberman might be 90% "stuck on stupid", but at least he’s pro American. Not like Obama, with his terrorist sponser.
Written By: Don
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10 Reason not to drill for Oil

1. We can’t drill our way out of the energy crisis.
2. We don’t have enough oil to meet our demand.
3. Oil companies have not utilized the leases they have now.
4. Offshore drilling would have an “insignificant” effect on long-term prices.
5. Drilling could lock us in to a future of expensive gasoline.
6. Production would be expensive, would not start for a long time, and would have no short-term effect on oil prices.
7. There isn’t enough drilling equipment.
8. We can’t refine the oil we would extract.
9. Drilling more oil now is not the path to a future based on alternative energy.
10. Debating offshore drilling in sensitive areas distracts from real solutions.
This is really lame.
Written By: Neo
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Sigh.... McCain needs to come out PDQ and not only refute the rumors that he’s supporting it but also tell those moron RINOs in the Senate to knock it off. The sad thing is, I find it completely believable that he’s considering signing on to something like this. I wrote to him and to the RNC last night and made it clear that my vote will be lost if he supports it. His "maverick" antics with McCain-Feingold, amnesty and Gang of 14 made me very uneasy about supporting him; going along with the filthy dems and blocking oil exploration will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for me.
Written By: docjim505
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With a record of:
McCain-Lieberman, and
Gang of 14

I’m not surprised. In fact, a few weekends ago he said "I will appoint democrats to my cabinet"

But with the Palin pick and the reflexive disgust of the malevolent attack campaign against her plus the fear of an Obama’s presidency, everyone’s been flipped into cheerleader mode. So some people are actually surprised.

I don’t mind people being in cheerleader mode with two exceptions
1) They better pull out of it sometime between Nov. 5 and Jan. 19, and
2) They better not gloss over the importance of their legislative picks as necessary to resist Obama’s initiatives and McCain’s dumber initiatives.

In fact, I wouldn’t doubt if McCain takes that cheerleader spirit and tries to pass cap & trade or amnesty right away before the glow is gone. And half the people who opposed it in the past would become willing apologists for McCain initiatives.
Written By: jpm100
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His selection of Palin would suggest otherwise.
That is why to sign on to the energy compromise would be devastating to McCain’s campaign. Kinda hard for McCain to argue he’s the real agent of change if he is so willing to utterly mock the one area where Palin’s expertise blows all others away. In fact, it would lend much credence to the argument that she is merely "window dressing."
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