Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) office is reporting that following major capitulation by Democrats on the bans on exploration and drilling for offshore oil and oil shale, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is attempting to slip a new ban on oil shale unseen into the financial bailout deal bill. Sounds familiar; if you can’t win in public, sneak it into a completely unrelated bill when nobody’s paying attention.
Here’s an idea, Sen. Reid…along with that stealth ban, why not slip in your own bank account number so we can recoup the extra money we’ll be paying for gas in the absence of the 800 billion to 2 trillion barrels of oil we won’t be able to get anywhere near?
John McCain and Barack Obama are digging in their heels. McCain is still saying holding the debate as planned is a bad idea before a bailout deal is struck; Obama is still saying that postponing it is a bad idea regardless of the status of a deal.
In the meantime, former president Bill Clinton (of all people) is defending McCain’s proposal to postpone the debate, and pooh-poohing Democratic accusations that he’s trying to duck the debate altogether. On the Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s finger-wagging at McCain over coming back to Washington for the deal negotiations runs counter to the effusive praise Reid lavished on Obama for doing the same thing two months ago.
Details, along with analysis of the evolving implications of the debate schedule, below the break.