"Democrats are avoiding bringing up the bills, and have since late June, to prevent a series of votes on energy issues designed to open new areas for oil exploration. With gas prices hovering near $4 a gallon, Republicans pushing what they call their 'all of the above' energy plan think they have found a political issue that works to their benefit.......
......Instead of taking the votes, on which Republicans likely would have prevailed, Obey adjourned the committee, and he has not answered repeated questions about when, or if, the hearing would continue. 'This is the meat of our legislative responsibility here in Congress,' said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner. 'They have shut down the process based entirely on their fear that we would get a vote on energy issues.'
Since then, Obey has not brought up measures on which Republicans could offer similar amendments, intent on avoiding similar votes. When Lewis offered to refrain from trying to amend other appropriations bills in exchange for a vote on the Interior measure, Obey did not respond."
The result of all this will be the artificial support Dems will provide for keeping gasoline from falling even further. Just the suggestion that we are serious about our drilling needs will continue the current downward trend.Once the current process comes to a leveling off point because the Dems have prevented further progress, McCain will (rightly) campaign on the high cost of Obama/Dem/Lefty/"Progressive" energy policy lunacy.
The public is a lot smarter than the Dems/Lefties/"Progressives" would like for them to be. Voters will quickly pin this particular tail on the Donk's asses. The Democrat party will OWN the wrong side of this issue in November.
Although this won't allow the Republicans to reverse their minority in Congress, it will stifle any meaningful gains Dems could make in increasing their majority. And it may well be just the issue which will keep Barry O'Bama in his position as the ineffective junior senator he really deserves to be.