…why it is that people seem to think an even more Democratic Congress will do better than this one?
If it had been up to the Democrats the surge never would have happened. If it is up to the Democrats we will not be able to drill for offshore oil. As Republican Representative for Ohio John Boehner writes:
Throughout the summer, Republicans have asked for a vote on an “all of the above” energy strategy built on increased exploration, conservation, and innovation – the reforms Americans solidly support in poll after poll. And throughout the summer, the Democratic leaders of Congress have made every excuse to block a vote – all at the behest of a tiny band of radical special-interest groups that support high gas prices and aim to keep America’s vast energy resources under lock-and-key.
As the article points out, this is a position that goes against the wishes of the majority of Americans, according to polls. And yet when asked recently by the WSJ which party would do better at dealing with energy, 42% of respondents gave the answer “Democrats” while only 22% who said “Republicans.”
Although this isn’t exactly a resounding endorsement for Democrats, it may just reflect an even more overwhelming disgust and distrust for most things Republican. And although it’s highly illogical to support the policies Republicans are supporting and yet retain the belief that the Democrats who oppose those same policies will somehow do better with the issues involved, who ever said that anything about politics (or Congress) was logical?
Included in that illogic are arguments that we shouldn’t drill because we won’t get the benefits until a number of years hence. Since when did long-term planning and long-term solutions for complex problems become verboten? (I know, I know: since people became so impatient that they demand instant gratification and answers for all dillemas.) Conservation of resources may indeed work more quickly, but the two approaches are hardly mutually exclusive.
However, there are some signs that people are beginning to turn on the Democrats for their opposition to drilling:
The [WSJ] poll indicated that Democrats’ edge on the issue may be slipping; the July poll gave Democrats a 20-point advantage on the issue, versus a 28-point lead in a January poll by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News.
Polls of likely voters in four battleground states, conducted this month by Quinnipiac University in partnership with The Wall Street Journal and Washingtonpost.com, show voters in each state say energy policy is more important to them than the war in Iraq.
This is something to watch.