July 21, 2008

Memo to John McCain: When trying to sell your energy plan (Drill! Drill! Drill!) you might not want to cite the approval of oil executives. The last thing voters want to hear is that the fatcats who have been raking in record profits at our expense are happy with your "solution" to our problems.

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"My friends, we have to drill off shore. We have to do it. It's out there and we can do it. And we can do that. The oil executives say within a couple of years we could be seeing results from it. So why not do it?"

Ken over at Howies place asks: "Are those his environmental experts???"

And the DNC notes that McCain's position on off-shore drilling, beyond the initial flip-flop, keeps evolving:

McCain was in New Hampshire this afternoon where he unveiled the latest excuse for coastal drilling. Oil executives tell McCain that "within a couple of years we could be seeing results from it." There's no doubt that oil companies will profit handsomely from McCain's coastal drilling plan. It's helpful that McCain would relay that to an audience of voters.

First position: When he first announced his decision to abandon his longstanding opposition to offshore drilling, McCain said it would be helpful in the short term.

Second position: Days later, McCain and his top economic advisor admitted it would have no immediate effect, but would have a "psychological" impact.

Third position: Later he reversed himself once again, say drilling is part of his short term solution to energy prices.

The latest: During today's town hall meeting in New Hampshire, McCain says "oil executives" told him we "could see results" from offshore drilling "within a couple of years."

Considering that he can't even keep his facts straight, is it any surprise that his new ad offensive has been universally panned as "false," "misleading," and "wrong?"

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