Front Page Drudge: Drill! McCain faces increased negative scrutiny on environmental policy

The issue: McCain supports increased drilling and relaxing of federal environmental rules.

I mentioned this story yesterday when I first saw it hit the wires and waived a massive warning flag about whether the Gore endorsement timing could effectively bury this story.

Well I was right about the toxicity of this story… and I’m glad to see that its just building…

Matt Drudge keeps the Drilling Story alive and McCain\'s got his first post-Hillary full court press

Matt Drudge single-handedly kept a radioactive campaign issue alive that should hobble the McCain campaign’s moderate gains in appearing environmentally friendly. In fairness, the Washington Post kept it alive by running it front page, but Drudge’s emphasis will likely lend it the talk show circuit critical mass that could make this a major shit storm for McCain.

Already losing badly to Obama on the environment, where voters say they trust Obama to handle Global warming and other environmental issues 55% to 28% over McCain (Washington Post-ABC Survey), this curious move looks like the campaign is willing to throw up the white flag, or at least rob Peter to Paint Paul by sacrificing environmental credibility for greater credibility on energy and the economy.

With 6% of voters now citing Gas/Oil prices/Energy as the single most important issue in their choice for president, and a whopping 33% citing Economy/Jobs, McCain may playing issue triage with his policy decisions as barely 1% of voters cite the environment as their “most important issue.”

Nevertheless, this seems like a particularly foolish strategy, as it smacks McCain immediately with the radioactive label of “friend to big oil,” not particularly the favored spot on the energy issue, even if more drilling would potentially spell lower gas prices.

Fact is, the benefits of new oil exploration wouldn’t be seen for several years, and even then, domestically produced oil would still be subject to the fickle commodities market, which is governed by more forces than the ratio of American supply and demand – particularly a lagging US dollar, increased Asian oil consumption, overall refinery capacity, the continued purchase by Bush of oil for the strategic reserve, and of course, OPEC decision making. (plus etc. etc.)

Where this news really fly worse than a lead balloon is the key battleground state of Florida, where Obama has been steadily making inroads with key demographic groups in hopes of chipping away at McCain’s lead (which right now hovers around 8%)

Remains to be seen the effect on McCain’s poll numbers now that we’ve seen his dimwitted proposal to essentially rape the environment and keep the SUVs running!

McCain Proposed an Oil Platform on Every Beach Today

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