Speech writers for McCain and Bush are obviously pulling double duty.
The "maverick" John Sidney McCain III is sounding more and more like George Bush every single day. There is zero originality between their messages.
After several days of the Republicans rallying around this false concept that we have all the oil we'll ever need lying just offshore and all we have to do is stick a straw in it to start drinking, some facts are clouding their fantasy.
The problem is, this milkshake isn't all that simple to drink.
First of all, this is a very long term goal that does absolutely nothing to solve our present energy problem. And the amount of oil out there is completely unknown and might prove to be much too expensive to extract. Let's not forget the likely environmental issues involved with extensive ocean drilling. And the fact that oil platforms are preferred targets for terrorists and militants; see what happened off of Nigeria today.
Oh, and there aren't any ships available to do the deep water drilling for at least five to ten years.
So this Republican "magic bullet" won't do a single thing for our rapidly worsening energy situation.
At least, not until President Richardson is sworn in after Obama's two terms are done.
What we need right now is a broad spectrum approach to energy, with conservation and efficiency being the first steps. We need to adequately fund research on alternative energy sources. We need to create incentives for auto manufacturers to improve their vehicle's fuel economy. We need to change the way we think about energy.
Think of where we'd be today if the strides we made in the late 1970's towards energy independence weren't reversed by successive Republican presidents.