But suddenly the throw-the-bums-out trajectory of the economic narrative has changed — now drilling is back in fashion and the Democrats who control the Congress look like they are stonewalling. House Republicans staged Day Two of their "historic floor protest," and they have quite a way with words, as McCain presses Barack Obama to call the Congress back to vote on new drilling.
Obama wants to put more hybrids on the road, issue rebate checks and release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — a move he formerly opposed, as the reserve is intended for emergencies and not price spikes. McCain says he is for an "all of the above" approach, with a path to renewable fuels, nuclear energy and new domestic production as soon as possible. He has called Obama “Dr. No” on energy because Obama opposes nuclear, the gas tax holiday and, until now, offshore drilling.
Unfortunately for Obama, to people who are hurting, the do-everything, kitchen-sink approach McCain is proposing sounds more reasonable.
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