Monday, July 28, 2008

Suddenly It's a Different Ballgame

Picture a football game.

After a horrible series of downs leaving them deep in their own territory and a blocked punt, the team has a goal line defense from the first play.

The offense quickly moves the ball to within inches of scoring and then the ball is snapped again and the players rush into the end zone and start celebrating a touchdown.

But the ref doesn't signal a score. He's in the backfield looking down at the football that is lying on the ground where the quarterback dropped it.

While the offense is celebrating its non-existent touchdown what should the defense do? Logically they should pick up the fumbled football and run it into the other endzone. It is a real possibility especially since the premature celebration has the other team too occupied to notice.

But will they do it?

My own congressman, Dave Camp, has lined up for the run. How about the rest of them.

Update: Yes Worldnet Daily is a reactionary web site, kind of a conservative answer to a lot of supposedly unbiased MSM magazines and sites. But how about one who supported and worked with Bill Clinton? Dick Morris has this to say:

Meanwhile, McCain and the Republicans have finally found an issue — oil drilling — exposing how the Democrats oppose drilling virtually anywhere that there might be recoverable oil. Not in Alaska. Not offshore. Not in shale deposits in the West. The Democratic claim that we “cannot drill our way out of the crisis in gas prices” begs the question of whether, had we drilled five years ago, we would be a lot less dependent on foreign market fluctuations.

The truth is that the Democrats put the need to mitigate climate change ahead of the imperative of holding down gasoline prices at the pump. If there was ever a fault line between elitist and populist approaches to a problem, this is it. In fact, liberals basically don’t see much wrong with $5 gas. Many have been urging a tax to achieve precisely this level, just like Europe has done for decades.

Obama said that he was unhappy that there was not a period of “gradual adjustment” to the high prices, but seems to shed few tears over the current levels. After all, if your imperative is climate change, a high gas price is worth 10 times a ratified Kyoto treaty in bringing about change.

Republicans can drive a truck through the gap between this elite opinion and the need for ordinary people to afford the journey to work in the morning. And, with a 16-state media buy, the Republican Party and the McCain campaign are doing precisely that.

Curious that he used the precise term "We cannot drill our way out".


Blogger Mark said...

Well Shoprat,
My congressman is on the same page, but if the public don't hold their feet to the fire, will they keep pushing for domestic production? I'm not too optimistic about it because the public nowadays has the attention span of a flea.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Getting out of Iraq would go a long way towards easing gas prices. We can't drill our way out of this. It will require more than punching more holes in the ground.If we use it all up now, where will our kids get the oil that they will need? I just paid $3.68 up in Saginaw. That's less than the $4.25 that I paid less than a month ago, but about 75 cents more than what gas cost one year ago. I wonder if gas would have gone up so dramatically had Bush stopped filling the strategic petroleum reserve during this peak demand season, and maybe if he had released a small amount ( at a profit to the govt., no less) from there he could have stabilized the price at a lower level.
In so many ways, this man just refuses to lead. This administration is intelectually bankrupt.
BTW-World Net Daily is nothing more than a reactionary shrill voice of the far right.

3:48 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Go ahead and enjoy your celebration Tim.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

When Kwame Klownpatrick resigns, I will rip the lid off.

5:18 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

I'll go along with you on that one but what will replace him?

5:25 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hopefully Dave Bing! I'd love to see Benny Napoleon, Ike McKinnen, maybe even Dennis Archer. I'd also love to see his mother lose in November. It would also be wonderful if Most of the city council left to "pursue other opportunites"...

6:46 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

You hold hope for the Republicans? And WHO are the Republicans any more? Are they Neocons? WHAT is a "Neocon"? Are they simply politicians?

The pendulum, boys and girls.

The pendulum.

Can you stop it?


11:21 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...


Ebola vs Head Cold

12:40 AM  
Blogger Z said...

The WND is what it is..a Conservative news outlet.
What's the NYTimes' excuse for its bias? It's supposed to be even handed, it's a big city paper, right?

12:49 AM  
Blogger benning said...

"We cannot drill our way out" - Funny how it's always the Republicans who are accused of having 'talking points' but it's always the Democrats who use them.


9:22 AM  

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