Obama Comes Out Strong for Plug In Hybrids

On Monday Obama gave a speech in Michigan where he unveiled more aspects of his energy plan. As readers of this blog know, Obama was way out in front of the energy debate. He put out his plan back in October last year, more than 8 months before McCain bothered to put one together.

John McCain: Bought and Paid For

In one of the least surprising developements in political history, we recently learned that McCain pulled down a lot of money from oil company executives around the time he decided to reverse his earlier position (He's a Republican, so he doesn't flip-flop) and endorse offshore drilling as the core of his energy policy.

How much did he cost? More than I can afford, but less than a more principled politician would. From the Washington Post ("Industry Gushed Money After Reversal on Drilling" 7/27/08):

Campaign contributions from oil industry executives to Sen. John McCain rose dramatically in the last half of June, after the senator from Arizona made a high-profile split with environmentalists and reversed his opposition to the federal ban on offshore drilling.

Some Straight Talk

Obama just punked a whole lot of foolish Republicans.

Obama:

It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant.

They think it's funny that they're making fun of something that is actually true.

That's what straighttalk really soundslike.

August 6th

In 2004 John Kerry announced his running mate on July 6th.

I'm just saying.

The Mirage Offshore

There's been a lot of talk recently about offshore drilling, and from what I've seen, most discussions in the media shed more heat than light. Both sides have their talking points, polls are commissioned, and soon we'll all move on.

The issue, however, is apparently very poorly understood by the media talking heads. As with so many important issues, the pundits are interested only in how things "play," and not in the underlying details of the debate. That's where we come in. In the Drexel spirit of education I humbly submit this brief primer on the debate regarding offshore drilling.

Two of My Favorite Things

Since John has been doing such a great job on the website I thought it was about time I gave it a shot at posting. It being my first post and all I think it's perfect to start out with two of my favorite things in the world........The Drexel Democrats and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. While filming the new season Charlie Day of the show and one of my favorite TV characters of all time, took a little time to unofficially and unknowingly show some love to the Drexel Dems!

For those of you who watch the show you will recognize that Charlie is wearing the Green Man suit. With the Green Man on hand there is no doubt that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will have another great season starting September 18th. And with the Green Man and Barack Obama on their side there is no doubt that the Drexel Democrats are going to have another amazing year as well. Do I hear back to back student organization of the year?

Since you are on our website already there is no need to promote the Drexel Democrats, instead I will promote It's always Sunny in Philadelphia with their new video and commercial.

Is That The Best You Can Come Up With?

Yes. Yes it is.

Unless he wants to run on the Republicans' successful stewardship of this country these last eight years. Didn't think so.

Man, am I looking forward to our debates with the college Republicans!

Meet the New Boss

T.J. is our field organizer from the Obama campaign for the general election. Here's a quick video (via Mithras) of him with some volunteers from the Neighborhood team.

He's a nice guy who's excited to work for Obama, and I'm sure you all will enjoy working with him.

Chasers War On Everything

It came to my attention the other night that not all of you were aware of The Chaser's War On Everything. Please enjoy my two favorite skits.

And here's one for our bridge afficionados!

Obama's Missed Opportunity

Yesterday the senate voted on a cloture motion for HR.6049 again, the "Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008." Once again the motion failed, and the bill is stalled over the stalemate of funding.

Briefly, although most of the tax credits have bi-partisan support, the language of the bill follows the Democratic Pay-As-You-Go rules (PAYGO), and contains a provision to pay for the tax credits essentially by taxing the income of hedge fund managers as earned income, not investment income (ie capital gains). The Republicans don't support closing that tax loophole and are pushing for a waiver of the PAYGO rules.

So why was this a missed opportunity for Obama? The cloture vote was almost party line, with 4 Republicans joining the Democrats and no Democrats joining the Republicans. Senators Kennedy, Stevens, Obama, and McCain did not vote. If Sen. Obama had made a point to go to the senate and vote for cloture the motion still would have failed, but he would have raised the profile of the issue and would have earned a weapon with which to attack McCain.