Friday, April 30, 2010

Every time they say, "Drill, Baby, Drill," remind them of this.

An accident mars Newt Gingrich's pro-drilling campaign, requiring their banner to be replaced.

New York Times:
"Drill, baby, drill" is now, "Hush, baby, hush."

The Republican battle cry that crystallized the growing popularity of offshore drilling has dropped from view since the Deepwater Horizon rig sank last week and the well it drilled started shooting crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

As Democratic opponents of the oil industry stepped up their attacks and demands for a sharp turn away from drilling, Republican leaders in Congress have slipped out of rapid-response mode and are generally holding their tongues.

Ed Morrisey learns a lesson in the failure to Google

Consistency is not a strong suit with these people.

Today, Ed writes (via Balloon Juice:
In January, Barack Obama and Democrats insisted that the 5.7% annual growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2009 showed that their stimulus plan had set the American economy back on track for rapid growth and job creation. The administration needed a big number for 2010 to allay fears that unemployment would stagnate at the current high levels for the long term. Unfortunately, they didn’t get it, with the 3.2% annualized GDP rate for the first quarter of 2010 falling below analyst expectations…
But in 2008, Morrisey wrote:
Does this cut out the legs from the Democrats in their non-stop themes of complaint regarding the economy? It should, but it probably won’t. A growth rate of 3.3% is a good, solid number, one that shows real substance in the economy. It remains weak in some areas as does the dollar, but fundamentally strong.
Apparently 1/10th of a percentage point is the difference between weak growth and a "good, solid number."

Of course the right is scrambling to explain how this number doesn't mean anything, because they fear charts like this one (from the Speaker's blog) being seen by too many people.