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Thursday, October 19, 2006

It’s ENERGY, Stupid!

Democrats have the perfect winning issue to run with. According to this Thomas Friedman column (sorry, the link is only available if you subscribe to that elite, nose-in-the-air New York Times — which I don’t), energy independence is America’s number one national security issue. Democrats have the chance to make “energy independence” (and hence “national security”) synonymous with the Democratic party.

Bill Clinton’s pit bull, James Carville, has determined this after taking numerous nationwide polls. Carville said “no matter how we ask the question, that’s what comes up.”

Maybe you think there’s a liberal bias since the surveys were taken by James Carville. Carville only contacted “likely voters,” so if anything the polls are biased to the right. (You know the drill — Conservatives always vote come hell or high water, and Liberals only vote if the weather’s nice, they’re not too stoned and there’s nothing on the tube.)

One of the survey questions was worded: “Which of the following would you say should be the two most important national security priorities for the administration and Congress over the next few years?”

42% said “reducing dependence on foreign oil.” 26% said “combating terrorism.” 25% said “the war in Iraq.” Tied for 21% were “securing our ports, nuclear plants and chemical factories” and “addressing dangerous countries like Iran and North Korea.” 12% said “strengthening America’s military.”

One of Carville’s associates said “When we lay out different plans for how to deal with Iraq, any plan that also includes energy independence tops any other plan that doesn’t...There is frustration that leaders have not taken this up.”

Friedman says “It’s no longer enough to have energy security as part of a 12-step program for American renewal. No, it needs to become a defining issue of what Democrats are all about. People should associate energy security with Democrats the way they associate tax cuts with Republicans.”

His column ends with “So when they tell you that…reducing dependence on foreign oil is voters’ top national security priority, you know that this issue has finally arrived. The party that captures it most credibly will be rewarded. Hello? Anybody listening?”


Blogger Jolly Roger said...

The Chimperor wouldn't like to move in that direction-his buddies over in the cradle of Wahhabism are collecting too much money, as his domestic cronies are.

We pay for attacks on us. We know we pay for attacks on us. The answer seems pretty simple, although Chimpletons don't seem to get it.

October 19, 2006 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

Um, I think the Democrats are going to go with Foley et. al.


October 19, 2006 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jolly Roger: No doubt the Chimpletons will never get it. Hopefully enough others will.

Prague Twin: I'm all for playing up Predatorgate too, but the Democrats really need to grab the energy issue and run with it. If they don't, we all lose.

October 19, 2006 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

This is the absolute best topic the Dems can focus on...it connects to terrorism, climate change and saving the Middle Class. If they can get control of Congress they have two years to pound on this subject.

October 19, 2006 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

J. Marquis: Yes, this definitely is the best issue for the Dems to get behind. Energy independence will also help our trade deficit (Friedman mentioned that in his column). The Dems can't lose on this one (knock wood).

October 19, 2006 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

I totally agree with you Tom.

The problem is they have no viable plan, and it is getting pretty late in the game to come up with one.

October 19, 2006 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Prague Twin: Yeah, I hope they'll come up with something. In 2004 Kerry thought that Bush would automatically self-destruct so it didn't matter what sort of lame campaign Kerry ran. Wrong! Hopefully enough Republicans will get voted out of Congress this November for the Democrats to get back in. But then it's on them -- they'll have to come up with something fast.

October 20, 2006 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger I.M. Dedd said...

Hey, I'm on board, too...but the clock is running out...

October 20, 2006 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger Dustin said...

It'd be really nice if the democrats rode into congress on the idea of energy, but lets face it. I don't think they have a real plan to make this happen. I wish they did, but I don't see it.

October 20, 2006 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I.M. Dedd: You're right, the clock is definitely running out.

Dustin: Yup, wouldn't it be nice. Who knows, maybe if they capture the House they'll be inspired to actually get out in front of something instead of just being defensive all the time.

October 20, 2006 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

It would be nice if a Democratic House takeover would become more than just a sort of stop-gap measure for keeping Dumbya from running amok for his last two years in office. I agree that this is a great issue to gather around... It could be a springboard, but getting Democratic party consensus seems to be like herding cats.

JR, the word "Chimpletons" is priceless!

October 20, 2006 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Yup, "herding cats" is an excellent description. To an extent I'm glad that Democrats and Liberals are more individual and don't always march in lockstep, like the wingers. But sometimes it would be nice to see them get out there and get in front of something and run with it. One can dream.

October 20, 2006 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

Tthe podcast of Friedman's article can be downloaded here

October 24, 2006 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

1138: Thanks. I couldn't get the link to work, but I still have the newspaper column where I first saw it.

October 24, 2006 at 10:36 PM  

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