Leftwing Blogosphere In UPROAR Over Obama Oil Drilling Switch
So just how upset is the leftwing blogosphere over Barack Obama's switch on his "rock solid" opposition to offshore oil drilling? Try over 4700 angry post (as of this writing) at the HUffington POst THREAD, "Obama Shifts, Says He May Back Offshore Drilling," announcing this latest 180 by the Obamassiah. Perhaps the left was reconciled that the switch on FISA by Obama would be his last major switch but this change on position on offshore oil drilling is just too much for them. Likewise the DUmmies and KOmmies are beyond upset with Obama on this switch as well as you can see in this DUmmie THREAD titled, "Obama supports the offshore drilling plan of the Gang of 10," and this KOmmie THREAD titled, "Obama Supports Offshore Drilling??????" So let us now watch the left explode over the Obama switch in Red Tide Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, wondering what Nancy will think of this Obama switch, is in the [barackets]:
Obama Shifts, Says He May Back Offshore Drilling
[I guess Obama must have read the latest POLL showing that 60% of Floridians SUPPORT offshore oil drilling.]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that's what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.
[He makes the switch announcement in the same state where the poll results show overwhelming SUPPORT for offshore oil drilling. How convenient.]
Shifting from his previous opposition to expanded offshore drilling, the Illinois senator told a Florida newspaper he could get behind a compromise with Republicans and oil companies to prevent gridlock over energy.
[That cracking sound you hear is Nancy Pelosi's frozen face breaking apart.]
Republican rival John McCain, who earlier dropped his opposition to offshore drilling, has been criticizing Obama on the stump and in broadcast ads for clinging to his opposition as gasoline prices topped $4 a gallon. Polls indicate these attacks have helped McCain gain ground on Obama.
[Thus the Obama switch. And now to the outraged HUffies...]
gee bam bam changes his mind about drilling.........he must have seen he's slip slidin' away............
[I see Nancy's frozen face slip slidin' away.]
Holly Tolledo, there are a LOT of posts here! I usually like to read most before posting, but at well over four THOUSAND, there's no way!
[This just shows you how ANGRY the left is with the latest Obama switch. Perhaps this is A Switch Too Far.]
People can rationalize that it is a sly campaign tactic...but...when a candidate packpedals on something...there is absolutely NO reason to believe that he won't continue such a pattern. There comes a point when a leader needs to just buckle down and defend what he stands for. There are enough facts and projections available to support maintaining the ban as-is, and certainly the $1000 rebate idea would lessen (alleged & very overstated) public sympathy for lifting the ban.
He could have made the exact same impact with these statements by omitting the reversal on drilling. More oild drilling in environmentally protected areas is NOT a bold new progressive energy policy. It is buckling to corporations and the right wing. He has just taken a radically conservative, anti-environmental proposal and given it legitimacy.
I sadly predicted several weeks ago, when Obama wimped on FISA, that the stage was set for more flip-flops. He apparently continues...he doesn't have to be doing this stuff, at all.
[Meanwhile, quietly in the background, Hillary continues to plan and plot...]
He is a politician first and foremost. And a Chicago politician. I have posted that. Very good at sensing directional changes in the wind. There will be more.
[Since he is a Chicago politician then he should be able to conjure up a lot of votes from the dead.]
B@r@ck 0bam@ said today he would be willing to open Florida"s coast for more oil drilling if it meant winning approval for broad energy changes.
48 hours ago
Now, I want to be absolutely clear to everybody about this. If I thought that I could provide you some immediate relief on gas prices by drilling off the shores of California and New Jersey, I"d do it.
[I'm surprised it took even that long for Obama to perform his 180.]
Please Senator Obama, say it ain't so!
[Please John, say it ain't so!]
He continually refines his positions. More to come.
[Obama needs to refine more crude oil.]
I am signing on to the do nothing until we get the criminals out of the White House plan. Shut 'em down at every turn until O is President. Then we can discuss how we are going to reasonable solve these problems when the American people again have a seat at the table and a voice in the conversation.
[Great energy platform there for Obama: DO NOTHING.]
No more offshore drilling. ALTERNATIVES NOW!!!!
[Try pedalling faster to keep your 'puter fired up.]
I think he made a mistake in even alluding to backing increased off shore drilling. It looks like capitulation to the Mc C ain demands, and makes him look politically weak and undecisive. The strategy has been and should continue to be change. Having to explain and diminish his statement does not serve him well.
[The strategy continues to be change...as in change his mind when the polls dictate he should.]
What a dissapointment. I have to assume he is pandering and doesn't honestly doesn't believe this is a sensible solution. The worst part is - he doesn't even need to pander to people on this issue. This issue is not going to make or break him. Opposing this practice is not going to repel large segments of the electorate. I never set my hopes high for Obama, but man my hopes are sinking, and sinking fast!
[I see your hopes settling down next to the Titanic.]
The flippity floppity man strikes again. Before this election is over he's gonna be for AND against everything.
[Obama was for offshore oil drilling before he was against it but for it again.]
Do not not like this idea... still voting for O. It is a shift... we will see many more before election day - I hope this works for us as democrats.
[Will it work for you if I send you a Guy Fawkes costume for election day? Remember, remember, the Fifth of November.]
In terms of election strategy, is softening the offshore drilling attack worth feeding the flip-flop charge? My guess is that the calculus was that they gain more in the middle with this, independents like people who are prepared to compromise, than they lose at the left, especially with McCain helpfully energizing our base with his attacks.
[As with Obama's world tour, it is ALL about the politics.]
Obama already comprimised on FISA. So what's a few oil derricks? Wonderful. I thought he was Mr. PRINCIPLE.
[Call him Mr. POLL.]
What a sleazeball. So BHO will back "limited" offshore drilling. How about "responsible" offshore drilling? How about "careful" drilling? "Conscientious" drilling? I guess this is no different than "residual" forces in Iraq, or any of the hundreds of other core issues he ran on during the primary that he's now disavowed.
[He was just "refining" his oil policy.]
This is a good compromise. This sucks the wind out of the Republican attack against Obama on offshore drilling, without taking our eye off what needs to be done for our future.
[A few more "compromises" like this will keep the Guy Fawkes costume factories working overtime.]
NOOOOO!! If he goes for this line, no more $$ from me. I'll still vote for him, but I don't want to see another sell out like FISA. Stand tall, we have your back Obama. Stand up to these corps, we can't lose this country.
[Your Guy Fawkes costume is in the mail.]
I trust O to do the right thing. Period.
Ack. Son of FISA cave-in.
[Having trouble swallowing Obama's latest shift?]
I am an Obama supporter and I am outraged at this.. This is such Bullshit!!! All this is is a parting gift from GB to his oil buddy friends. I am ashamed to call myself a democrat. Obama is doing everything possible to screw up this election.
[All part of the Perfect Rovian Plan.]
Thanks Obama, you have now made the entire Democratic party against drilling look like the fools they have been acting like for the past 6 months. People like Reid & Pelosi have put everything they have against drilling and now they are left standing alone.
[They already looked like fools.]
While I cringe every time Barack starts talking about compromises, I can see the necessity for such a thing. I mean, the polls show that 70-some percent of people want this drilling BS to happen even though it's quite well known among experts that this won't help us for another 20 plus years. I'm so fed up with uninformed citizens thinking and voting in terms of their pocketbooks who are completely unable to look at the big picture and back long-term solutions.
[So Obama is being led around by "uninformed citizens?"]
I supported Obama's FISA vote but this one is stupid. It is not a good compromise.
[And a Guy Fawkes costume to you. Now on to the DUmmies...]
Obama supports the offshore drilling plan of the Gang of 10.
[Obama supports whatever the polls say to support.]
This stinks. And I'm disgusted he's supporting it.
[But you will still vote for him on November 5, my little DUmmie.]
It Might Be One of Those "Piecrust Promises" So Common to Elections. Easily made, easily broken. It wasn't a commitment, or part of his platform, after all. I trust the man--he hasn't made any fatal errors, and he's recovered well from the worst they can throw at him so far. So keep your fingers crossed, because that may be exactly what Obama did (cross his fingers) when he spoke those words of compromise--just more graciously than a blatantly lying Republican ever did.
[Thanx for letting us know that Obama was probably just fibbing.]
just the latest in a now lengthening list of complete 180's he's made... I just "love" all the spinning his die-hard followers are trying to do - unsuccessfully.
[I'm already dizzy from all the Obama 180's.]
I always viewed Obama as a ball of clay - it was yet to be seen what he would do & the choices he would make. These early indications are NOT good signs. Actions, not words. Disappointing to say the very least.
[Demoralization, thy name is DUmmie.]
So what do we do, now that Obama just shat in our backyard?
[It's better than if he shat on your pizza.]
Good for Obama. He knows a losing issue when he sees one.
The GOP has one strength this election, and it is drilling. He is now taking the wind from their sails.
[By proving he will spin with the wind.]
Stupid move on Obama's part. Gore's support of offshore drilling in 2000 cost him almost 600,000 votes in Florida from registered Dems and self described liberals. And we all know how Florida wound up in 2000. This is where Obama, once again, has a chance to but some teeth behind that change claim he's got going. Instead, once more, he's proving that he's just more of the same ol' same ol' Disappointing to say the least.
[And now we visit the diaappointed KOmmies...]
Obama Supports Offshore Drilling??????
[Say it ain't so, B.O.!]
I never thought he would yake it this far but...
[News that you just can't "yake."]
According to a McClatchy story Obama is now in favor of offshore drilling. His rationale behind the move makes no sense. He claims he supports lifting the ban because it would allow for a process to look at options on energy.????? Does that make anys sense? I could overlook the FISA thing becasue other than that Obama has a stellar track record on civil rights. But this flip flop is just downright odd, as experts say it will take years (7-10) before any lowering of prices is felt by the consumer. What is happening to his campaign? You can't beat John McCain if you take up all his positions. Obama get back on track!!!!!!!!!
[Obama just derailed himself.]
Big oil pushed for this before the Republican Party did. Pelosi will be pressured to fold just like FISA. Does anyone here remember FISA
[Another in a series of Obama flip-flops.]
off shore drilling IS NOT a real solution
[Sorry, B.O. does NOT hear you.]
I think his statement is pretty nuanced, I don't think its a radical flip flop. I do think it's disappointing.
[A disappointing nuance.]
The oil companies will be happy to drill and destroy the environment. Tips to Obama for caving in
[Not caving in. Just nuance.]
If Obama would have maintained a consistent "NO to off-shore drilling" position we here would be behind him. But now we are divided and fighting among ourselves, instead of fighting against our common enemy.
[Divide and conquer yourselves. The perfect Obama strategy.]
Unless Obama stands up to the Repub Bullshit right now, no one will trust him to do so in the future.
[You can always trust Obama to conveniently change his position.]
I WANT to support Obama wholeheartedly. I f*cking cry when I look at all those people at his rallies. African Americans with REAL hope in their eyes. Kids. Latinas. Drag Queens. Old f*cks like me. F*ck, I'm crying now just thinking about it. I see Al Rodgers' diaries, and I'm f*cking sobbing at my desk. ( Jeebus. Just think of it. I'm going to vote for a Black Guy for President! You have no idea how surreal that is.
[Yeah, I burst out in tears laughing while watching those Drag Queens at the Obama rallies.]
I'm no McCain supporter, but at this point, I really have no enthusiasm anymore for Obama
[Too bad you Democrats didn't choose John Edwards. Now there is a man you can trust!]
It's not really a flip
[Because it's really a flop.]
Obama is failing as a leader on this issue just like he did on FISA. I hope he just playing election politics and will show real strength and leadership once elected, but it seems less likely to happen that way as time goes
[So your only hope is that Obama is really fibbing about his new policy positions?]