How very elastic you seem, Mike, as I look over this thread. We're you the guy who was saying that we really needed to do all this drilling in the first place? That it was absolutely vital that we not only do offshore drilling, but that we do it NOW, regardless of what we sad sack environmentalists said about the risks at the time? Now that the risks have proven to be all too real, you seem to have developed a convenient case of amnesia.
I am not happy with the President for going along with the off-shore drilling fever in the first place, mind you. I think it was a silly thing to do, and I thought it was a silly thing to do at the time. But I am bothered by your inability to take any responsibility, either personally or as a partisan Republican for pushing for this exact course of action now that it has gone south in a huge way. Trying to pretend that this is not largely the result of a course you have counseled and advocated is disingenuous, and laying off the responsibility on the President for following a course that you grumbled was too little to satisfy the needs of the country at the time (please feel free to correct me, of course, if my memory plays me false here) doesn't , for me, cast you in the best light.
I think the President made a very large mistake by going along with off-shore drilling in the first place. We didn't have the ability to control an accident in 200 feet of water back in 1979 and had to deal with the same sort of spillage for nine grinding months before two relief wells solved the problem. We are using the same sort of techniques that we couldn't make work in "shallow" water at that time. Maybe the drilling mud will work now. The overall point seems to me that oil companies talk big and spread a lot of money around, and that they haven't yet ended up paying for the entire cost of a clean up.
Profits are privatized, losses are socialized, and things probably shouldn't work that way.
Things should not work that way with this oil disaster, and they should not have worked that way with past oil disasters. The oil companies are quite literally out of their depth, and Drill baby Drill is not an appropriate mantra for politicians of any political stripe to be chanting.
Should you wish to blame President Obama, you will, and you should feel free to do so. You should also remember, while you're at it, to blame yourselves for your own hearty pro-oil stances, and for your blindness to the danger of oil exploration at this depth, while we have a pretty clear understanding of what such predictable disasters as these can and do entail.
Once you have gotten every bit of venom out of your systems by sending it in the direction of the President and he will deserve some part of it for not having said a clear "no" to the prospect of off-shore drilling in the first place where are you going to be on the subject? How possible is it that you will be supporting whatever stance the radical right will take at the time? And that that stance will excuse whatever version of Drill, Baby, Drill that the industry can buy from our increasingly affordable bunch of elected politicians?
"Drill, Baby, Drill" was, you may remember, the Republican mantra in the last Presidential Election. Was it any smarter then than it is now?
I didn't think so at the time, and there was a fair amount of evidence on my side. Not public opinion polls, which don't in themselves improve technology or improve people's ability to do difficult things with limited resources or make the lies told by oil companies into the truth.
Possible, yes, likely, no.
Are you going to be murmuring "Drill, Baby, Drill!," though, soon as you can get away with it? I'd say that's certainly possible. After all, you're trying to hang the whole thing on Obama, aren't you? You being the "Drill, Baby, Drill folks, who were sure that nothing could ever go wrong. And who were sure that the Oil Companies were heros, and were telling the really and truly for sure truth. They even crossed their hearts and spat in their palms, so you could tell they meant it. They wouldn't lie to you, now, would they?