Senate Majority "Leader" Harry Reid has hooked up with Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-Oil & Gas, to ask Democrats to return to the values that have shaped the Democratic Party for at least the last 20 years, i.e., caving to the big bad Republicans like sickening, sniveling little cowards.
Specifically, Reid and Bingaman are suggesting that Democrats should let the oil companies have more offshore leases if they want them (The Hill).
It is a cyncial attempt to take drilling off the table as an election issue so that Republicans can't beat up on Democrats about it anymore.
Such spineless capitulation has long been a popular tactic with Democrats -- albeit an always unsuccessful one. The discredited and disgraced approach was best, which is to say most pathetically, exemplified in October 2002 when a bloodthirsty nation was eager to give a psychotic president a blank check to launch an invasion of another country for no damned good reason, and submissive Democrats, even though they controlled the Senate at the time, complied in the hope that Republicans would quit saying Democrats didn't love America enough just weeks before the 2002 midterm elections.
In addition to not working (ask Max Cleland), it was, on the part of the Democrats, one of the most irresponsible abrogations of duty to country by elected officials in the history of this or any other nation.
A lot of people -- including Barack Obama -- have been pushing back against the idiotic Republican proposal for more offshore drilling by noting that it would do diddly squat about the price of gas specifically and energy policy generally. They have tried to expose the entire "debate" over drilling for what it is -- a red herring foisted on an unwitting public by Republicans in an effort not to bring down gas prices, but to win votes.
So as always and again, thank you Harry, so very, very much for your vital contribution to American public policy.