Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Will the Real John McCain Please Stand Up?

Barack Obama is certainly a presidential candidate in the mold of Jimmy Carter, and its nice to see McCain pointing that out. Speaking in Houston yesterday, McCain said this:

"He supports new taxes on oil producers. He wants a windfall-profits tax on oil, to go along with the new taxes he also plans for coal and natural gas. If the plan sounds familiar, it's because that was President Jimmy Carter's big-idea tool - and a lot of good it did us. I'm all for recycling - but it's better applied to paper and plastic than to the failed policies of the 1970s."

This is a topic that Republicans need to hammer Obama on. His energy policy is insane. He resembles Carter on issues from energy to national defense. However, McCain seems to think we're too stupid to remember what he said last week:

"The point is, oil companies have got to be more participatory in alternate energy, in sharing their profits in a variety of ways, and there is very strong and justifiable emotion about their profits"

In the same interview he said that oil companies should "absolutely" return some of their profits. Is this not a call for a "windfall profits tax"? McCain's position on oil profits sounds a lot like Obama's to me. Which McCain is the real McCain? The one bashing Obama's Carteresque energy policy in Houston or the one espousing the same policies in an NBC interview? Why did we nominate this guy again?


Blazing Cat Fur said...

I have a theory. Controversy Fatigue.It is that the electorate are tired of controversy, the Bushes,Obama,the Clintons are or were all controversial. McCain may win as he is simply less controversial.

A Missourian said...

I hope Johny Boy understands that the media will do their best to paint him as controversial between now and November, no matter how much he sucks up to them. I would just really like to know how he's actually going to govern if elected, the NBC way or the Houston way. Unfortunately his precedent is somewhat depressing.