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GOP Finally Doing Their Jobs, But Let’s Not Get Too Excited Yet

I had a comment ‘discussion’ at this post at HotAir about the intentions of some members of the House GOP to keep up their protest against Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to vote on domestic oil drilling: It’s on: House GOP’s oil protest to resume tomorrow

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What the hell is she talking about here with regards to “2 cents”:

NANCY PELOSI, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: “What we have presented are options that will really make a difference at the pump. Free our oil, Mr. President. We’re sitting on 700 million barrels of oil. That would have an immediate effect in ten days. What our colleagues are talking about is something that won’t have an effect for ten years and it will be 2 cents at the time. If they want to present something that’s part of an energy package, we’re talking about something. But to single shoot on something that won’t work and mislead the American people as to thinking it’s going to reduce the price at the pump, I’m just not going to be a part of it.”

First, she wants to use up all our strategic reserves based on $4/gallon gasoline? The reserves are for a national crisis. Such as the Oil embargo where we didn’t have any oil. We have oil. Paying $4/gallon is not a crisis. Besides, it is a completely temporary solution that will hurt us in the long haul by using up all our reserves. . . which we will need to fill up again.

Next, what is with this “2 cents” nonsense the Democrats and the Left keep talking about? Over the course of the past few weeks, local prices here went down 30 cents, from $4.10 to $3.70. From where do these people get “2 cents” for the effect that adding supply would have to the gas prices?!?

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 4:52 PM

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Also, “won’t have an effect for 10 years”? Not quite. From what I have read, off the coast of CA (Isn’t Pelosi from CA?) they have drilling already set up and it can be online and pumping out oil within a year.

Besides, she is also playing on the ignorance of the American public about how the oil futures market works. If every available domestic area was opened up for drilling, the oil speculation prices would plummet, and, along with them, the gas prices.

It should be obvious to everyone by now that the strategy of the Democrat Party is to throw out empty rhetoric and conspiracies and partisanship and depend on the ignorance and BDS of the American public, as well as the helping hand of the mass media to disseminate their messages (ie, lie and cover up for them).

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I know a lot of people who aren’t into politics very much, and they tell me that the reason gas prices are so high is because of “Bush and his oil buddies in the Republican Party” and “Big Oil and their profits”, etc. So that’s why Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are going to keep pinning this on the Republicans and President Bush and “Big Oil”. Until the American public shows they are not as ignorant and easily fooled as the Democrats and the mass media believe they are, the Democrats will keep pushing these messages and keep up with their inaction.

The only way I see the Republicans benefitting from this is if the American public actually understands what is going on. If the mass media and the Democrats can push the message (as they always do) that this crisis is the fault of Bush and the GOP and “Big Oil”, none of this will matter.

It’s all about getting the message out there and depending on the common sense and intelligence of the American public.

Based on that, I’m still not convinced the Republicans will gain anything from this. Somehow, the Democrats and Obama and the mass media will get together to figure out their message to blame this on Republicans and the American public will fall for it as they always do.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:01 PM

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“Does anyone else find this to be stupid? Nobody trusts Republicans, they won’t be listened to. They’re horrible at communicating. You might as well send monkeys down there tomorrow.”

ninjapirate on August 3, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I don’t find it stupid at all. But I do agree with you on what will come of it: nothing. As you said, the Democrats and the mass media have blamed everything on President Bush and Republicans for years now and the right and the GOP have not been able to defend themselves. This will be more of the same. The mass media will either not cover this or they will spin it in favor of the Democrats and Obama somehow. And the American public will buy it all hook, line and sinker as they always do.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:07 PM

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“Michael, my friend. This action by the Republicans is an opportunity to do just as you say. Get the truth out!”

Ordinary1 on August 3, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Right. I agree. However, at this point, who’s even listening to them? Where was this backbone for the past 7 years when Democrats lied and lied and distorted and attacked them mercilessly and they did. . . nothing. At this point, I bet most average voters will just see this as Republicans pulling an election year stunt.

Don’t get me wrong. I am damn glad they are finally standing up to this nonsense. I just think it’s too little too late. They have let the Democrats and the mass media control the debate and set the message for so long, that now the Conventional ‘Wisdom’ (what an ironic term. . . ) is that everything is the fault of the Big Oil GOP and the Big Oil companies. That is how the mass media and the Demcrats have spun it for years and I believe the ignorant public has bought into that.

Again, I hope this works. But as I have said many times, I don’t have much faith in the American public and I know damn well the mass media is working feverishly to figure out how to help Obama and the DNC through this right now. They are preparing their spin and lies and working on a gameplan. This is not the slam-dunk people think it is. We have an ignorant, stupid public and a conniving, lying mass media going against us.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:12 PM

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“What we really need is for Jorge Bush to get off his duff and call Congress back into session until they make some meaningful moves on oil-related issues.

As it stands, wandering around in an unlit hall where no cameras or microphones are operating is a stunt. And not an effective one.”

MrScribbler on August 3, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Bingo.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:14 PM

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“local prices here went down 30 cents, from $4.10 to $3.70. From where do these people get “2 cents” for the effect that adding supply would have to the gas prices?!?”

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 4:52 PM

“Exactly! And that is because oil dropped over $20 per barrel. And why did it drop? Because two weeks ago Bush lifted the executive order halting offshore drilling. This type of thing drives the speculators. The ten year thing is horsesh%t. The effects of events that will bring more oil in the future are what drives the market and speculators. Imagine the effect that would result from an announcment that we will now be drilling in Anwar!”

conservnut on August 3, 2008 at 5:15 PM

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“A good fight is ALWAYS better then caving! I also think that you misjudge the American people and their ability to perceive real leadership. If the media is so good tell me why 70% of Americans say to drill off shore, (though the MSM is doing its best to prop up Pelosi and Barry), why John McCain is TIED with Obama in the polls (despite the continued drum beat that Obama is the long awaited political Messiah) I could keep going but won’t for the sake of time. Remember the last time the Republicans decided to fight on something – we got the first Republican majority in the House in 40 years. Heartland America admires a good fight, always has and always will.”

Govgirl on August 3, 2008 at 5:16 PM

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“They are preparing their spin and lies and working on a gameplan. This is not the slam-dunk people think it is. We have an ignorant, stupid public and a conniving, lying mass media going against us.”

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:12 PM

“They’re rating whores first and foremost. If they cover it and it gets some traction, and it just might because a clear majority of Americans support recovery of domestic oil, this will be a huge coup.”

RushBaby on August 3, 2008 at 5:17 PM

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“Again, I hope this works. But as I have said many times, I don’t have much faith in the American public and I know damn well the mass media is working feverishly to figure out how to help Obama and the DNC through this right now. They are preparing their spin and lies and working on a gameplan. This is not the slam-dunk people think it is. We have an ignorant, stupid public and a conniving, lying mass media going against us.”

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:12 PM

“I hear what you are saying and I agree that the Republicans have done a very poor job of trying to educate the public. I whole heartedly agree that MSM is lying and covering for the Democrats, especially Obama.

However, with energy prices so high, the American public IS figuring it out. Polls show a majority now favor drilling off shore and even in ANWAR.

Don’t give up yet! Maybe this fight can be won in the later rounds!”

Ordinary1 on August 3, 2008 at 5:22 PM

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“If the media is so good tell me why 70% of Americans say to drill off shore,”

Govgirl on August 3, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Those Americans didn’t give a crap about drilling offshore prior to a month or so ago. . . when they were starting to pay $4/gallon for gas. Until then, they preferred to bow to the altar of global warming.

The American public hasn’t wised up at all about global warming or how oil prices work or anything. They just are complaining about $4/gal gasoline and want something done.

I still want to see a poll asking the public whom they blame for the oil/gas prices

(1) Democrats/lack of domestic drilling
(2) Republicans/”Big Oil”

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:23 PM

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“They’re rating whores first and foremost. If they cover it and it gets some traction, and it just might because a clear majority of Americans support recovery of domestic oil, this will be a huge coup.”

RushBaby on August 3, 2008 at 5:17 PM

We shall see. I know they are ratings whores, but the John Edwards situation should tell everyone that they are Democrat-protectors before ratings-whores. If Edwards were a Republican, that story would have been breaking news every single day and would have competed with the ridiculous Bret Favre coverage.

Again, I hope you are correct, but I’m not banking on it.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:27 PM

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Ordinary1 on August 3, 2008 at 5:22 PM

I’m not giving up, nor am I trying to get others to give up. I just don’t like people getting ahead of themselves and thinking this is some slam-dunk. The mass media is against us and the Democrats have been blaming Bush and the GOP and Big Oil for this crisis for years now, with success (from my own experience with friends and family anecdotes).

So as Reader mentioned above, we have to keep the pressure on our Reps with phone calls and writing them with encouragement to keep it up. But also to make sure they don’t just treat this as a stunt, but to make sure to educate the American public and expose the Democrats for their lies and ignorance about energy and oil and gas.

You want to know why I don’t put much faith in the American public? What was the BIGGEST issue in 2006-2007? Illegal immigration. The country was PISSED, right? Whom did the GOP nominate for President? Captain Amnesty himself.

So don’t anyone tell me about any slam dunks and about the attention spans of the public or about the intelligence of the public. Does anyone even care about illegal immigration anymore? Nope. Check the polling numbers. Now everyone’s song of the day is the economy and gas prices. And soon enough, everyone will go back to watching American Idol and whatever other crap that is on TV nowadays.

So this is no slam-dunk. The Republicans are going to have to keep pounding this every.single.day until election day and not let the public forget and not just treat this as some stunt.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:37 PM

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“Better yet, send money to the NRCC and let them know you’re donating to honor members of the House who are finally stepping up on an important issue. Money is the absolute best way to let them know you approve of what they’re doing.”

aero on August 3, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Sorry. Not.gonna.happen. The government already has enough of my f***ing money. And what have they done with it? Jack sh**. Until they actually *DO* something, *then* I will *consider* donating. I don’t understand this mentality of sending them money *before* they do something? Sorry. Get something f***ing accomplished first and then maybe they’ll see some money. Not until then. If they’re gonna tell me that they can’t do the right thing without me sending them my hard-earned money, then f*** them. I gave them my vote. Now it is time they did their f***ing jobs.

Money. Geez. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I get paid *after* I work. My paycheck is a reflection of past work accomplished. Why should politicians need money in order to get their job accomplished?

They get my vote, get paid from my tax dollars and they still need more money in order to grow a damn spine and do their jobs? F*** that. Get something done and then we can talk money.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:43 PM

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“The question that the GOP must pose loud and clear on a public forum is, “why are democrats blocking the way of high paying jobs for U.S. workers??”. If the GOP comes out on the side of the Middle American worker we’ll see a dynamic shift.”

Darvin Dowdy on August 3, 2008 at 5:55 PM

That’s an excellent point.

One that each of us should be making when we contact our Reps this week.

Drill here! Drill Now! Pay Less! More American Jobs!

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 6:37 PM

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“Every moment of the Republican protest is an opportunity to offer an education to the public about energy and the economy and how the markets work.

The explanations can be quick and simple enough to be grasped by those who have weak understanding.

Following the explanation, the Reps can hammer home how the Dems are destroying the value of the dollar and its purchasing power; are abetting in creating fuel shortages and thus driving up the price; are escalating the costs of food, heat, transportation, etc.; are threatening current jobs and preventing new energy jobs from coming online. The topics are endless.

Reps can explain what the purpose of the Strategic Reserves is and why release of those fuels jeopardizes national security and provides only temporary relief.

Reps can explain how market speculation is tied to perceived futures in energy sources, in this case oil. Build on that point to show how prices drop when supplies go up.

Reps should point out the assorted amendments on energy expansion/ independence that they have offered besides drilling, amendments that Nancy Pelosi will not allow to come to the floor.

Reps need to offer concrete evidence with backup information from industry leaders how quickly America can become re-energized with the plentiful resources that we have.

The Dems have mocked Republicans as “fear mongers”. It is time to point the finger of projection back at them, demonstrating the cleanness of current energy resources and production, their cost-effectiveness, and their plenteousness. Who is it that are generating FEARS of depletion, of pollution, or of capital enterprises that benefit vast swaths of the population? The Dems.

Pelosi has created her own narrative of the situation, and she has to be rebutted in a very direct way with facts. She may think that she has a “signature issue”; she may delude herself that she is “saving the planet”. However, she needs to be confronted with reality, both short term and long.”

onlineanalyst on August 3, 2008 at 6:35 PM

This is an excellent post and excellent suggestion for the GOP. The problem remains, though, that it depends on the attention-span and the intelligence of the American public to understand the explanations and the facts presented to them.

We are a sound-bite and headline nation with most people not able to spend even 60 seconds of their day reading through your comment, let alone taking the time to learn and understand everything presented in your comment. People seem to be more comfortable with “It’s Bush’s fault! Because of his oil buddies!” or “It’s Big Oil’s fault! For their insane profits! We need windfall profits tax to punish – PUNISH! – them!”

You are correct in everything you state that the Republicans need to do. But what mass media outlet is going to give them the platform and time to do that? Most interviews and shows spend but 5 minutes on an issue and then move on. Which only allows a person to touch on the superficial parts of an issue, without getting into the details. So they are relegated to providing talking points.

What we need is a show which is like Bill Bennett’s radio show or Rush Limbaugh’s radio show where they conduct interviews and give people 1 or 2 or 3 7-10 minute segments to explain their positions. That is what we need on the news as well.

I just don’t know if the mass media will give the Republicans a fair shake like that, considering they definitely don’t want to help Republicans.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 6:48 PM

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