I've seen a lot of good stuff written about McCain's dopey tire guage stunt but I haven't seen anyone point out how well it fits in with the learned helplessness theory of governance that conservatives have made their stock and trade. Empowering Americans to feel like they can rise to meet any challenge isn't a Republican long suit. But I lived through the last time Americans were inspired to do something about the energy crisis and not only were the steps we took effective, they were often fun.
In blogging time, Obama's move to cautiously embrace domestic drilling as part of a compromise is very old news but I want to point to a post by Scarecrow at FDL, in which he explains why he likes what Obama is doing:
More off-shore drilling is environmentally risky; as a supply or near-term price policy it's delusional, and if done alone only locks us into an untenable future. But conditioning it in the framework of strict environmental protection, rather than immediate price/supply relief, and as part of a transition to something else, is where the debate needed to be.