August 08, 2008
Its taken time, but Sen. McCain and his party have finally foundin energyan issue thats working for them. Riding voter discontent over high gas prices, the GOP has made antidrilling Democrats this summers headlines. . . .
Still, it was probably too much to assume every Republican would work out that their side was winning this issue. And so, last Friday, in stumbled Sens. Lindsey Graham, John Thune, Saxby Chambliss, Bob Corker and Johnny Isaksonalongside five Senate Democrats. This Gang of 10 announced a sweeping and bipartisan energy plan to break Washingtons energy stalemate. What they did was throw every vulnerable Democrat, and Mr. Obama, a life preserver.
If you're response is WTF?!, be aware that an explanation does exist, courtesy of Rob:
Sound like a good deal? Its not. So why are these Republicans on board with it? Lindsey Graham is from South Carolina. John Thune is from South Dakota. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson are from Georgia. Bob Corker is from Tennessee. Every one of these states has a significant base of agriculture thats tied in with the ethanol industry. What these guys are doing is putting whats best for the ethanol lobbyists, who are no doubt regular visitors to their offices, over what is best for the country.
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