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The conservative stagnation, Part 13: New RNC chair coined phrase “Drill, baby, Drill”

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The conservative movement stagnation has a new leader, Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele. Dave Roberts of Grist reports that, contrary to popular misconception, the man of Steele was the first to flack the phrase “Drill baby, drill” at the RNC (aka The moment the Republic died). His post is reprinted below Steele’s convention speech:

It was actually Steele — not Sarah Palin, not Newt Gingrich, not Rudy Giuliani — who coined the slogan “drill, baby, drill,” which is likely to go down in history as the apotheosis of Republican intellectual achievement in the early 21st century.

I was there — it was the third day of the RNC in St. Paul; Steele was one of the introductory speakers. Prior to this the slogan was “drill here, drill now, pay less,” which works for a bumper sticker but is too long and complex for the right’s base. It was Steele who freestyled the somewhat more digestible and catchy version.

It obviously caught Palin’s ear, because she repeated it in her speech, and then it took off.

Congratulations, GOP. You’ve chosen well. Or at least appropriately.

Or at least stagnantly.

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4 Responses to The conservative stagnation, Part 13: New RNC chair coined phrase “Drill, baby, Drill”

  1. Alan says:

    This may seem off-topic, but I think we really need to institute instant runoff elections. The Republican party has become a locus of ideas that deserve to fail, and we need to make it easier for new parties with new ideas to emerge and for the Republican party, or at least its ideology, to exit the stage. Personally, I would prefer to see two parties with great ideas, duking it out over how much to invest in wind versus solar versus tidal energy generation. This nonsense has got to end, and I think that instant runoff elections would help make it happen.

  2. Another off topic, although this is a strong antidote to the stupidity described above.

    I may have first learned of this here – reminding us all of an excellent radio program Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer, military analyst. Final part came out today.

    These will be available only for a few more days… worth getting the MP3 files. Dyer seems to have impeccable research and solid conclusions.

    http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/podcast.html

    Three part podcast
    http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/ideas_20090119_10989.mp3
    http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/ideas_20090126_11172.mp3
    http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/ideas_20090202_11529.mp3

    Climate Wars – Part One

    Global warming is moving much more quickly than scientists thought it would. Even if the biggest current and prospective emitters – the United States, China and India – were to slam on the brakes today, the earth would continue to heat up for decades. At best, we may be able to slow things down and deal with the consequences, without social and political breakdown. Gwynne Dyer examines several radical short- and medium-term measures now being considered—all of them controversial. mp3 file: runs 55:14

    Climate Wars – Part Two

    Global warming is moving much more quickly than scientists thought it would. Even if the biggest current and prospective emitters – the United States, China and India – were to slam on the brakes today, the earth would continue to heat up for decades. At best, we may be able to slow things down and deal with the consequences, without social and political breakdown. Gwynne Dyer examines several radical short- and medium-term measures now being considered—all of them controversial mp3 file: runs 54:17

    Climate Wars – Part Three

    Global warming is moving much more quickly than scientists thought it would. Even if the biggest current and prospective emitters – the United States, China and India -were to slam on the brakes today, the earth would continue to heat up for decades. At best, we may be able to slow things down and deal with the consequences, without social and political breakdown. Gwynne Dyer examines several radical short- and medium-term measures now being considered—all of them controversial. Conclusion. mp3 file: runs 55:04

  3. Barry says:

    “Drill, baby, Drill”?

    Maybe someone in GOP should tell it to the shareholders.

    The Exxon shareholders just helped themselves to $40b last year while only leaving $25b for that old-school “Drill” stuff. They’ve been pocketing more than they are spending on new drilling for years now. Maybe that is why their production keeps declining.

    Even the yeee-haaaw shareholders pushing the giant oil boom up here in Canada’s tar sands have started to lose stomach for that quaint “more production” thang. They’ve cancelled or mothballed $200b in projects in recent months. Even that isn’t enough apparently. Yesterday, the Globe & Mail reported that many of PetroCan’s largest shareholders are fighting to oust the management and change course. They want a stop to all this reckless expansion into new projects. Pull back. Sell some off. At least one hedge fund is calling for a big share buyback.

    Hey, haven’t we seen this dance before?

    Lets see…shareholders pushing for short-term profits at the expense of long-term sustainability. Everyone and their dog can see disaster looming. Oh yeah, the auto companies. Uh, and the investment banks. And all those other regular banks too.

    As each economic meltdown barrelled toward us, the GOP luminaries have assured us that the “fundamentals are strong”, that we just need to “stay the course”, that the only problem are the “whiners”.

    Unbelievable they used to be seen as the party voters trusted most when it came to economic and security issues.

    What next? “Fission Accomplished”

  4. David says:

    It is impossible for us to drill our way to energy independence. In fact, expanded drilling achieves the opposite result; the money could be better invested in clean energy.