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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Oil and such

The 24 hour networks have been happy to report about Sen. Obama's flip-flop over campaign financing. In case you didn't know, Sen. Obama initially said he's use public financing, but has opted out to use private financing. A few things...
1) This came as no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention...Obama's people have been hinting for months, essentially sense Super Tuesday that they'd opt out of public financing, and if you read between the lines he was saying similar statements.
2) Why is this flip-flop a bad thing? By opting out of public financing Obama is saving American tax-payers over 84 million dollars.
3) The Right is just afraid that for the first time that I can remember, the Democratic candidate will have more money.

Now, most of the talking heads on the right, are saying this is another sign of Obama's bad judgment, like not being able to control who his pastor hung out with, or who else was appointed to be on boards with him.

The double-standard here is while this is getting somewhat consistent coverage, and will find its way into the general election, John McCain is making out-right blatant flips and flops on major issues.
These are from just this past month:

* up until last week McCain supported the drilling moratorium, and during his first run for the GOP Nod, he scolded the “special interests in Washington” that sought offshore drilling leases.

** He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.” He flip-flopped on water boarding in February.
* McCain said he would “not impose a litmus test on any nominee.” He used to promise the opposite.
* McCain strongly opposes a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks ago he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

* McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

* McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain thought Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

* McCain defended “privatizing” Social Security. Now he says he’s against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

AND we're only 2/3 of the way through don't be surprised if this list is soon out of date on what McCain "believes."

So, the lesson here, for Sen. Obama, is that one flip-flop gets coverage. But if you do it enough and on a consistent basis the press will either get used to it, or be so confused they'll be too afraid to post anything because the position might change before the news gets out.

One last note: The McCain camp and the GOP surrogates are saying that the Dems are opposed to the offshore drilling because they want gas prices to be high to help their "so-called green" agenda.
We don't want the price of gas to be high. But this drilling proposal is hardly a solution and once again shows the GOP's ability to create short-term solutions at the expense of our kids or grandkids. It's better for us to find ways to work without oil now, when gas is at $4 a gallon, than postpone it, and then when we really have a problem 20 years down the road have to deal with $10 a barrel or more. Drilling for oil here, would have worked years ago, but its too late. It would be putting a band-aid over a hemorrhage.

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