Friday, August 15, 2008

One More Word About Udall's Flip-flop Pander-Fest

Want to know how to expose a pander?

No, the answer isn't as simple as "show a Democrat talking."

But it's not that much more complicated.

Given that Mark Udall has now had a change of heart with regard to domestic energy production, maybe he can show some real leadership. And maybe a "professional" journalist can press him to do just that by asking one question:

Mr. Udall, will you now return to Washington to join Republicans in calling for a return of the Congress to the Capitol to pass an Energy Bill?

Get him on record saying "no" to that; get him on camera arguing that five weeks raising money in Colorado for his next job is more important than doing his current job. I want to see that b-roll.

I swear, if I were a Republican candidate right now, I would do nothing but go to the steps of the Capitol and talk about the arrogance and the radicalism of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. AND THEN USE TECHNOLOGY to get the message to your constituents. Barack Obama has raised cargo boats full of cash on the internet this year--surely one or two Republicans can manage to duplicate that feat.

I especially like how even the Denver Post notices motives:

The Democratic candidate for the Senate joins his party in trying to neutralize the GOP's strength on the issue.

You want to neutralize our strength? Develop some genuine strength of your own.

3 comments:

Curious Stranger said...

And then the "professional" journalist can ask Bob Schaffer how domestic drilling will lower oil prices, because no one has explained that yet.

The oil companies will sell the oil to the highest bidder in a global market, and any resultant price drop - which would take approximately 20 years to manifest themselves - would be easily counteracted by OPEC due to the tiny volume domestic supplies represent in the global market.

It's amazing how quickly Republicans forget how free trade works when they're pandering.

Michael said...

I don't know, CS--maybe you can explain how "speculation" has driven the price of a gallon down 30 cents in the few short weeks since the President announced he was lifting the Executive moritorium on offshore drilling.

If "speculation" is the problem, as Pelosi and Obama say, then, surely, psychology plays a bigger role than reality. As a Democrat, you should understand that better than anyone.

Curious Stranger said...

"maybe you can explain how "speculation" has driven the price of a gallon down 30 cents in the few short weeks since the President announced he was lifting the Executive moritorium on offshore drilling"

Just to make sure I'm clear here, are you trying to discredit speculation as a factor in oil prices while at the same time pointing out that fuel prices have dropped because of a action that hasn't actually resulted in any new oil being produced? I think you're the one agreeing with Pelosi and Obama, not me.

Speculators don't impact supply. While speculators can effect short term price changes, they can't sustain higher or lower prices because ultimately they can't deliver the oil.

I'm assuming by this angle of attack, that you can't explain how the drop in a global bucket domestic drilling would produce would lower prices at the pump?