Matt Lewis checks the data and finds something startling:
Newt must be on to something big with his petition to increase energy exploration. In the past 30 days American Solutions has surpassed MoveOn in terms of traffic. This is especially impressive, considering all the free media MoveOn had received recently with their anti-McCain mom/baby ad ...
Check the picture, where MoveOn is, ironically, the red line and American Solutions is the blue line.
I think that there are several important things here:
- Drill Now is a positive agenda, even if it is a response to a current pain like high oil/gas prices.
- High oil and gas prices could well be a permanent feature of the political environment until the private sector delivers real fuel-efficiency and/or some real alternative energy technology becomes viable.
- This will be tied to national security forever.
Furthermore, Newt is a futurist. He will have forward looking ideas on so many other issues. Thank god he has the list rather than the Minutemen or someone similar.