The Corner

Subject: ANWR and Obama / McCain…

E-mail:

Rich,

Here’s a nightmare scenario for you: if I was advising Obama, I’d recommend he step forward and say that, in the face of rising energy prices and need to reduce foreign dependence, as president he would certainly consider tasking the Departments of Energy and Interior to study exploring drilling in ANWR. (This study would be careful, thoughtful, time consuming and “engaging all stakeholders,” of course).

He’d certainly have the unions on his side (several already support drilling, just like they’d like to be building new nuclear plants), and he’d also get to the right of McCain on a no-brainer issue that would have “casual voters” saying, “Wow! This Obama character sure is a different sort of politician, ain’t he, Mabel?”

And, Americans’ memories being what they are these days, he’d never even have to follow through if he wins. (And the media certainly wouldn’t call him on it.)

Most Popular

Books

Orwell, Huxley, and Us

To hear some people tell it, America entered a dystopia long before the coronavirus and measures undertaken to combat it altered everyday life almost to the point of unrecognizability. As for which dystopia, and when, well — that depends on whom one asks. For many on the left, the annus horribilis was 2016, ... Read More
Books

Orwell, Huxley, and Us

To hear some people tell it, America entered a dystopia long before the coronavirus and measures undertaken to combat it altered everyday life almost to the point of unrecognizability. As for which dystopia, and when, well — that depends on whom one asks. For many on the left, the annus horribilis was 2016, ... Read More
Media

The Media’s Shameful Hunter Biden Abdication

In an interview with National Public Radio’s public editor today, Terence Samuel, managing editor for news, explained why readers haven’t seen any stories about the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want ... Read More
Media

The Media’s Shameful Hunter Biden Abdication

In an interview with National Public Radio’s public editor today, Terence Samuel, managing editor for news, explained why readers haven’t seen any stories about the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want ... Read More