Is the GOP the GOP’s Own Worst Enemy in Election 2008?

by Michael Illions | August 10, 2008 11:21 am

Investor’s Business Daily takes a inside look at the GOP Senate members of the energy issue based “Gang of 10”:

Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Thune of South Dakota — remember their names if things go badly for the GOP this November.

With the issue of domestic drilling to provide relief for suffering consumers landing right in the laps of embattled congressional Republicans, those five — none of whom faces any immediate danger of losing his seat — decided to join with some crafty Democrats and smash to pieces that gift from the heavens. {Source: Investor’s Business Daily[1]}

And we all know if the GOP are involved in a compromise with the Democrats, it has to be benefit the Democrats:

The “compromise” they are promoting is actually a wholesale giveaway to Democrats. Touted as a drilling plan, it actually imposes about $84 billion in new taxes on oil companies and keeps the offshore and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling bans.

In the five states supposedly being opened to more drilling — Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida — massive regulatory roadblocks and state legislative fights could mean drilling in theory, but precious little in practice. Imposition of an arbitrary 50-mile no-drilling zone denies access to known oil deposits.

Meanwhile, Democrats get oodles of goodies for their environmentalist backers: That $84 billion of the taxpayers’ money will be spent concocting green fuels and designing geekmobiles.

Oh, that Lindsey Graham, formerly of the ‘Gang of 14’ and head cheerleader for Amnesty during the Senate debate on McCain-Kennedy. I have to agree with the columnists moniker of the “Five Stooges” for the GOP members.

Their interference in this major issue, and allowing the Democrats to save face and achieve some goals for their agenda would be a major blow, again, to the GOP, who continue to play the role of enabler to the Democrats liberal agenda addiction.

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