Barack Obama, faced with flat polls and the inability to put away John McCain, has switched positions on drilling for American oil. Obama had been opposed to drilling and had maintained that it would not provide relief in the short term but now says that he would like to see us drill. This is nothing more than pandering to the majority who want us to drill here and drill now. But what were Obama’s unspoken words?
“If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage – I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done.” [emphasis mine] My Way News
What Obama has indicated, whether he realizes it or not, is that the position of the Democrats and specifically Nancy Pelosi, is obstructive. If he is saying that his change of heart is because he does not want to be so rigid that something can’t get done then he is also saying that those in Congress who hold his previous objections to drilling are being so rigid that we cannot get something done.
It is obvious that Obama changed his position for political expediency and in so doing he has called those in his party who still object, obstructionists. I can’t imagine Pelosi or the other obstructionists will be too happy with the chosen one but I am sure they will embrace his position in some fashion so as to make it appear that they are putting aside their objections to help the people out of $4.00 gasoline.
It would do us well to remember that if they really wanted to address the problem they would have done so before they went on a five week vacation. If Obama wanted us to believe he was sincere he should have called for Congress to stay in session and address the problem. Instead, he announced his new position after it had adjourned for the entire month of August.
The important thing to remember in all of this is that Obama has outed his party as being so rigid that we can’t get something done.
Of course, those of us on the right already knew that.