Theodore's World: Good Guy Mitch McConnell & Bad Guy Ken Salazar On Off Shore Drilling

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August 02, 2008

Good Guy Mitch McConnell & Bad Guy Ken Salazar On Off Shore Drilling

From the senate floor, Mitch McConnell gets Ken Salazar to object to offshore drilling even if gas hits $10 a gallon.

Not Even At $10 A Gallon?

There was a rather extraordinary confrontation on the Senate floor Thursday involving offshore oil drilling that got very little press coverage.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) tried to get Democrats to vote on a measure that would open up such drilling if the price of gasoline reached a certain level.

Although the "bidding" eventually reached $10 a gallon, Colorado's Ken Salazar continually objected.

In back-and-forth bickering on the Senate floor Thursday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to force Democrats to vote on a measure opening up coastal waters for drilling when gas reached $4.50, $5 or even $7.50 a gallon.

"If $5-gallon gasoline isn't an emergency, I have to ask what is an emergency?" McConnell said.

"It's a phantom solution," countered Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo, noting that such drilling would not affect gas prices in the short term.


Wild Thing's comment.......

Shocking how the Democrats really hate our country and the citizens of this country. I keep hearing the liberals say that we won’t see a drop of oil for ten years if we start drilling. I’m sure glad that when Kennedy called for sending a man to the Moon in 10 years that no one had that attitude.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 2, 2008 04:47 AM


I'm sorry, but those we elect and send to congress have the means to pay $10 a gallon. We, the people, don't. That's where the emergency is. Too many of us don't have the salary to cover all these high costs of living anymore and that's just what the dummys want, so they can move their socialism in on us and close it down tight. Our founding fathers should be turning over in their graves!

Posted by: Lynn at August 2, 2008 10:27 AM

I wonder if those who stayed home the past two elections are having second thoughts about now. Sigh!!!

Posted by: Jack at August 2, 2008 01:15 PM

Republicans need to rub the Democrat's faces in this "NO" to drilling obstructionism. They need to communicate to the public that when Democrats say "NO" to drilling that they are really saying "F**K YOU" to them. It doesn't get any simpler than that.

Posted by: Les at August 2, 2008 03:37 PM

Lynn, yes and they pay it with our money in their saleries that too few earn. Amazing isn't it. sheesh

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 2, 2008 08:09 PM

Jack, I was thinking about that too you read my mind. I even discussed it with Nicholas this morning.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 2, 2008 08:12 PM

Les, AMEN and Ditto.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 2, 2008 08:13 PM