Good piece from Sam Stein talking about how McCain has essentially painted himself into a no-win corner with his energy stand:
McCain is stuck in a conundrum: express support for the Gang of Ten and incur the wrath of anti-tax crusaders or continue rolling the dice against public opinion and risk being painted as a stooge of the oil lobby. His $1.3 million in oil and gas donations in June only furthers the frame.
The compromise just agreed to includes some offshore drilling and Obama has hedged on this to get a compromise. If he talks about it correctly, this will show leadership in the sense that he’s willing to work with the other side to get things done instead of hold a hard partisan line. This will obliterate the stupid flip flop arguments.
So you get to support a tax increase or be in big oils pocket. Your call John!
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