The House failed to pass a plan to cut the budget deficit this week. The Senate however, did so with the provision that ANWR be opened for oil exploration. It seems renegade Republican house members could not agree on the same measure.
So it stalled, with a promise to return to the fight this week.
I have my own theory about this. Her name is Harriet Miers. Bear with me.
I think that when conservatives turned on moderates and the president in the recent meltdown over the nomination of Harriet Miers, many moderates felt abandoned, even unappreciated.
They did not feel that way because of Miers herself so much as they did because of the attack by the pundits of anyone outside the fold.
So they might be reminding the right, that without them things don't go so well.
I think we need to open ANWR myself, for two reasons: the Middle East and Hugo Chavez.
I also think the canards about the small amount of crude there are simply not true. If it were, the energy industry would not pursue this so relentlessly. I also think the environmentalists should spend their time trying to bring New Jersey back to its original ecological condition as one of the continents largest natural wetlands and leave the tundra alone. We are talking about an area so vast that the oil industry could go in there and pump out that oil and unless some anal environmentalist made an issue of it...no one would ever be the wiser. Including the caribou.
But the real point here is that some of the moderates in the Republican party might be reminding the conservatives that they do not control everything.
Just a thought. Don't throw things at me. I am a moderate and I hate to argue.