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