TLP: Nothing Like a Crisis to F&^k Up a Good Political Line

Friday, June 04, 2010 , , , , 4 Comments

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Republicans hoping to take a big political bite out of President Obama for his administration's response to the BP oil spill could find themselves choking on three words: "Drill, baby, drill." OK, so that's two words. Still, the mantra in favor of offshore drilling may blunt the impact of GOP criticism and allow Obama more leeway if the disaster remains uncontrolled.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who heads the Republican Governors Association, has said the BP Plc oil spill that followed the April 20 explosion of a deepwater rig is no reason for the U.S. to abandon offshore oil and gas exploration.

As oil washes ashore in Gulf Coast states, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, also a Republican, sent a letter to Obama this week expressing “grave concerns” with the president’s decision to suspend activity at 33 deepwater rigs.

“They’re kind of stuck because they’re the party of ’Drill, Baby, Drill,’” said David Lanoue, head of the political science department of the University of Alabama, referring to a Republican slogan during the 2008 presidential campaign. “If you’re an ambitious Republican governor, where do you go with this?”
And as effort after effort by BP to cap the leaking well fail, Republicans who take an anti-big government stance find it difficult to call for the federal government to take on a larger role in the crisis.
Jindal, a critic of the administration’s spill response and a possible 2012 presidential candidate, has stressed his belief in limited government. In a nationally televised response to an Obama speech to Congress on Feb. 24, 2009, Jindal said “the strength of America is not found in government.”

Noting that some then sought a government rescue “from the economic storms raging all around us,” he said “those of us who lived through Hurricane Katrina -- we have our doubts.”
There's more on Jindal, Barbour and the Republicans running for governor in Florida in the Bloomberg article. So if the Gulf gusher doesn't end up providing the GOP with solid material for challenging Obama, what tactics will the party turn to?

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Anonymous said...

I'm sure I heard Mr. Obama give the green light to more off-shore drilling just a few weeks before the big blowout. But I was drinking that day so I might be wrong.

No, Anon, Obama was the one drinking that day:

"Last month, President Obama said the federal government would begin the process of leasing some areas off the coasts of Virginia, Alaska and maybe Florida to oil companies for drilling.

New offshore drilling in most U.S. waters had been banned since the early 1980s, when mounting public pressure pushed lawmakers into action. A disastrous oil spill off the California coast in 1969 sparked protests that grew into a broader environmental movement, which eventually succeeded in forcing a drilling moratorium.

The ban was renewed each year until 2008. But that year, public outcry over soaring oil prices made it politically impossible to reauthorize.

"Given our energy needs, we are going to need to harness traditional sources of fuel," Obama said last month. "So today, we're announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration, but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect America's natural resources."

Anonymous said...

So, could this be OMGObama's "Tar Baby Moment"? Is it BP's?

He's saying "You there in the sand, do you know who I am tar ball?"

"I command you to return to the hole in the bottom of the sea from whence you came."

I sort of feel sorry for these folks. Man plans, God laughs.