Saturday, August 2, 2008


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By SusanUnPC


Here are two reports, from the A.P. and from Jennifer Rubin of Commentary Magazine:

Obama shifts, says he may back offshore drilling

By MIKE GLOVER, Associated Press Writer2 hours, 50 minutes ago

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that’s what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.
Shifting from his previous opposition to expanded offshore drilling, the Illinois senator told a Florida newspaper he could get behind a compromise with Republicans and oil companies to prevent gridlock over energy. …. Read all.

From Jennifer Rubin, the sharp columnist for Commentary, in her story, “A Week Late“:


In a Florida newspaper interview he explained that he really had no objection to offshore drilling:

If it is part of an overarching package, then I am not going to be rigid in preventing an energy package that goes forward that is really thoughtful and is going to really solve the problem.

The report continues:

And what I’ve also said is, if people are expecting short-term relief because of offshore drilling, then they’re not going to find it because we won’t see a drop of oil for at least a decade.” Still, Obama’s willingness to go along with any new drilling off the U.S. coast is a marked shift from his previous statements. Earlier this summer, Obama sought to distinguish himself from GOP rival Sen. John McCain, who wants to lift a moratorium on offshore drilling.

There you go. The most important thing to remember about Obama? There is never a bottom line. On anything. He has a very low threshold for conflict with his base (or a very low tolerance for weathering politcal turbulence). So with enough time and enough political pressure he is likely to shift gears on just about anything. (The shifts always go in the direction of popular opinion, of course.) That’s why it was not hard to see this coming.

For people who are basing their votes on candidates’ positions on issues, they should be forewarned. Obama doesn’t really have any. Rather than positions, he has “pauses” along the political road where he briefly rests, makes speeches, and gains applause before one particular crowd and then moves on to the next position, effortlessly denying that anything different preceded it. And on he travels. The notion that he believes in any set agenda or fixed principles is, the words of Bill Clinton, a “fairytale.”

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