Thers, at Eschaton:
Yeah. Part of the problem with Obama coming out in favor of offshore drilling recently is that while it may be politically expedient, it is just a bad idea from a policy perspective. The reality that Democrats oftentimes (er, always) seem to expect when embracing Republican ideas for perceived political gains is that there is such a thing as a good idea and a bad idea. Some ideas are right. Some ideas are stupid. And there is not often any increased correctness by using the other side’s ideas in pursuit of bipartisan appeal. Most importantly, government policies have real world consequences. This catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is a direct consequence of energy policies that included off-shore drilling.