Evolving?

But I thought the Republican base didn't believe in evolution:

TALLAHASSEE --
Describing his position as evolving, Gov. Charlie Crist said he now supports exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Florida's coast because "Floridians are suffering."
As panders go, this one is pretty obvious. It's not quite as blatant as McCain's gas tax pander, but it does have the advantage of being even less effective in the short term, and more damaging in the long term. Of course, as Mustang Bobby notes, Crist isn't worried about the long term. He's got his eyes on the VP slot. I don't know why he's angling to be the next Jack Kemp--at least Bob Dole went on to do Viagra commercials--but he clearly wants to destroy the good will he'd built up here in Florida in hopes of losing badly in November nationally. So I say let him.

See, opening up the Florida coasts, as I understand it, isn't something Crist can do unilaterally. I'm basing that on the fact that McCain is calling for it, and that the article says Congressional Republicans are doing the same. So for anything like that to happen, the Democratic House and Senate would have to approve it, and given that Senator Bill Nelson, never one to stick out his neck on a controversial issue in an election year, was Barack Obama's point man on this story, I think it's safe to say, for the moment, that this lacks traction in D.C.

We still need to fight the PR war, don't get me wrong, but the article notes that there's not much in the way of oil out there--it's mostly natural gas. I don't see how that's going to help with gasoline costs, even if we could magick it out of the ground in time for it to make a difference in the current economy. But Floridians, most of them anyway, do understand the power of the tourism dollar, and they know that drilling and pristine beaches are rarely found near each other.

By the way, Sinfonian is pissed.

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