Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has split the Democratic front opposed to drilling with a plan that would open new areas for exploration.
Then the result:
Reid’s proposal was meant to insulate Senate Democratic candidates from public anger over gas prices. Instead, it has created a divide with liberal colleagues and drawn fire from senior House Democrats.
Then hilarity which ensued as the Congressional version of the Keystone Kops rushed to microphones and cameras near them was priceless:
“I am unalterably opposed to drilling,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, who cited a massive oil spill that closed nearly 100 miles of the Mississippi River last week.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) urged Reid to be “very careful about drilling off the coast of Alaska.”
Reid could also face resistance from other Democrats who oppose drilling off Alaska’s shores.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), for example, has sponsored legislation to ban drilling in the North Aleutian Basin, an area that Republicans have already opened to oil leasing.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Hill that lawmakers should focus on the National Petroleum Reserve on Alaska’s North Slope instead of offshore.
“There are tens of millions of barrels in the reserve. If you want oil in Alaska, drill there,” she said.
Some Democrats are irked that Senate leaders haven’t shown stronger resolve in the face of Republican attacks that attempt to blame opponents of offshore drilling for higher gas prices.
“Some people are just scared of the accusation that not leasing more acres has an impact on oil prices,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, a senior Democrat from Oregon. “It just doesn’t.”
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, echoed Pelosi.
Humma, humma, blah, blah, blah ... do these people ever really think about what they say before they say it? Or is the game trying to see how good your staff is at spinning damage control?
I mean what is it exactly that Reid did that is so awful?
The legislation, drafted by Reid and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), would open nearly a billion new acres off the coast of Alaska to study for drilling. It would also dramatically accelerate oil leases in the western and central Gulf of Mexico.
Oh, no ... open some off-shore areas for drilling? Actually do something constructive and practical to help a worsening energy situation? Was that really Harry Reid or one of the pod people?
Senate Majority "Leader" Harry Reid has hooked up with Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-Oil & Gas, to ask Democrats to return to the values that have shaped the Democratic Party for at least the last 20 years, i.e., caving to the big bad Republicans like sickening, sniveling little cowards.
Hey, I didn't write it, but it does answer the question as to why Congress has an approval of 9%. Everybody thinks they suck.
If there is a god and even 1/2 a brain in the GOPs head (at least 1 of those is probably true, guess which one!) this is the money quote they will use to crucify all Dems on the energy issue this November
The Democrats are just trying to save the planet, as the Speaker said. Who could possibly oppose that effort? I mean I want the choice of mortgaging my country to oil producing countries of which many hate us or going back to subsistence living where estimates are that around ½ of the U.S population would starve. Isn’t the freedom to choose wonderful? (sarcasm/off)