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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Pondering About McCain, ANWR, Palin, and the Big IF

Republicans have a golden opportunity to win both the White House and control of Congress IF they get their act together and see the gift that has been handed to them. Gas prices averaged around $2.00 per gallon until Democrats took control of Congress. Since January of 2007, prices sored past $3.00 and haven't looked back.

Not only have these prices affected private vehicle owners, but the costs of goods and services have gone up as well. It now cost more to deliver products to market – and then to your door.

With Democrats promising to continue their "energy policy" of blaming the public for driving too much and then promising to raise their taxes and that of their employers, this election should become a classic vote from the pocketbook.

Add one more item to the mix. Ethanol was not only going to save the planet, but also give us a cheap alternative to good old petroleum. But, the planet struck back by flooding corn fields en masse. Further, more mainstream news outlets have exposed ethanol's shortcomings in saving the planet. It turns out that filling your tank with gasoline is easier on Mommy Nature than filling it with corn.

In short, the times, they are a changing – and both John McCain and Norm Coleman have the excuse they needed to change their positions on ethanol, on drilling off-shore, and on drilling in ANWR. The premise and the promises of their original positions have changed.

McCain and Coleman have recently endorsed off shore drilling. As McCain stated, we didn't need to drill here when foreign crude was cheap and plentiful. But, at $140 per barrel, we have no choice now.

McCain has also hinted at re-considering his position on ANWR. This is where the election could actually get good. If McCain does a 180 on ANWR – based on the changing times – then defends his position based on the facts, look for him to pick Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his veep.

This sets up a genuine public debate over drilling in our own backyard versus the influence of special interest Eco Wackos on national policy and the politics of envy that Democrats have waged against millions of Americans who own stock in Big Oil. It would be one heck of a way to entice the Hilary voters toward McCain. And, it gives McCain the economic policy advantage over Obama's incessant desire to return to the Misery Index.

Of course, all of this is contingent on the big IF. Even with a moderate like McCain, this election should be a walk for Republicans IF they are willing to ask that simple little question "are you better off today than you were two years ago BEFORE Democrats took control of Congress? Well? Are you??"

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Ted said...

Team McCain, hello, I trust you are reading this!!!!!

7/01/2008 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting, but look who's in the Oval Office ready to veto anything he doesn't like. Those evil elitist Dems haven't exactly had the opportunity to do a whole lot. The fact comments must be approved here doesn't surprise me; seems a little elitist wouldn't you say?

9/04/2008 1:42 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

Anonymous -

The President can only veto legislation the bad legislation that makes it to his desk. The evil Dems have prevented needed good policy from seeing the light of day which, in many cases, is as bad a ramming through bad legislation.

There is nothing elitist about approving commentary. We used to have wide open commentary and a small number of people abused our trust by posting material that added nothing to the discussion and was abusive to those who constructively participated.

Comments are never rejected on the basis of disagreement with our views. If they use reasonably clean language, do not open the blog to possible libel, and do not violate the privacy of others they are promptly let through - your comment had no problems even though it seems contrary to the general views of our contributors.

Thanks for checking out our blog and please come back often and feel to comment, agree or disagree (though I strongly encourage you to pick a handle other than "anonymous" as it is sometimes difficult for others to respond to several anonymous comments of widely varying views).

9/04/2008 7:49 AM  

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