16 May '11, 9pm

Obama’s oil plan shows he still doesn’t get post-truth politics

In his weekly address , Obama once again promoted an energy plan that centrally involves increased domestic drilling for oil and gas. You can read the ugly details at The New York Times or Politico . Here's the political thinking that informs this move: Gas prices are rising and people are angry. Republicans and conservative Dems are blaming gas prices on Obama and bashing him for not drilling enough. Yet his left base hates drilling and oil companies. The answer? Engage in what a Politico reporter called the "triangle strategy" -- more drilling to please his critics, reduced oil subsidies to please his base, and a signal of compromise and balance to please the vast pool of moderates in the middle. This is classic Obama strategy. Paradigmatic, even. Problem is, it doesn't work . The attempt to please everyone ends up pleasing no one, policy turns out worse than it would ha...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-05-16-obamas-oil-plan-...

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