Wolfrum at Shakesville alerts us to The New Right’s attempt to lay our failed energy policies every but at the feet of Republicans:
Take the post “How did the GOP get stuck “Defending Big Oil” again?”
Now, this post could have been just five words long: “Because that’s what they do.” But the post is more about how to change the oil debate to make the GOP look better rather than on how to do anything about oil prices:
First, I don’t see any reason at all we need to keep getting stuck with the “defending tax breaks for big oil” charge over and over again. Subsidies are not a free market principle. Let’s cut ‘em and get the issue off the table.
Ok, with you so far.
Second, start talking about the Saudis. The Democrats are winning this debate because they’ve offered domestic oil companies up as a handy scapegoat. We’ve got to change the narrative and start focusing criticism on, gee I don’t know, the international cartel of terrorist funding despots that actually controls the oil supply? Of course, the legions of lobbyists and public affairs shops that the Saudi’s have retained around DC have absolutely nothing to do with why they haven’t been the subject of criticism.
The problem isn’t “the legions of lobbyists and public affairs shops that the Saudi’s have retained around DC”–it’s a little more fundamental to the core of the Republican Party:
Like Wolfrum said, “Because that’s what they do.”