Bush Push on Oil Drilling
Posted by Ryan on July 14, 2008
President Bush announced today that he is rescinding his father’s Executive Order which banned off-shore oil drilling. And it’s about time in my opinion! What’s interesting about this development is that Congress imposed it’s own separate ban, meaning that if off-shore drilling were to take place, both branches would have to agree. Now, it’s solely in the hands of Congress.
Come to think of it, President Bush is really gaining a number of important victories over the Dems ever since they took over Congress: Bush stopped the Dems from cutting-and-running in Iraq, securing Bush’s policy through the end of his term — a huge meaningful victory on the Homefront; Bush got his FISA bill through a hostile Congress with nearly all of his proposals in tact — not an easy task for any lame-duck; and now Bush has successfully outflanked the Dems by taking the drilling issue and put it on the laps of Pelosi and Reid!
Brilliant maneuvering from an “idiot” who still has the capacity to outflank his opponents on important issues during the last year of his tenure. This will expose the Dems’ weak and complex rhetoric about how the oil companies “can already drill”, or the mantra “we can’t drill our way out of this” nonsense. They can try to blame Bush policies, but they will confuse the public who understands that gas comes from oil and securing domestic oil is a security issue. Bush has set things up for the Republicans to pound the message home. Will they take it?