Three signs that #dontGo might be moving the ball

I have been a little skeptical of the whole #dontGo thing. Perhaps inappropriately so. I saw three thinigs today that might be changing my mind about the effect. At the very least, it is changing Democratic minds and raising GOP coin. I can't ask for better than that.

Grist and Open Left's Matt Stoller both object to this language from a letter from Al Gore's We Can Solve It campaign:

Last week, the U.S. Congress left Washington without addressing the energy crisis. They didn't deal with gas prices. They didn't move on solutions to climate change. What's worse, their inability to renew the clean energy tax credits means that government incentive programs to support the solar and wind industries will expire at the end of this year. Jobs will be lost as a result of their inaction.

Grist and Matt are right. When the greenies use that framing, we win.

Second, a Democratic candidate in upstate New York running against Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-NY) demands that Nancy Pelosi bring back Congress:

A top Democratic House candidate is calling for Congress to convene a special session to address the lingering energy problems that went unaddressed when the chamber adjourned earlier this month.

Gulf War veteran Eric Massa, who is making his second attempt at taking down Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-N.Y.), stressed that he disagrees with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on the issue. Pelosi has resisted calls — which have come almost exclusively from Republicans — for a special session.

And third, the RNC got in the game with an email this morning. This is both educating activists and raising coin. As Morton Blackwell noted last Friday, Republican activists see the GOP fighting for something. That's good.

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Larry King tonight

did anyone watch the speaker on larry king tonight?  she's now "open" to a vote IF it's part of an overall solution incuding tapping the strategic oil preserve?  that dog cannot hunt with the GOP House members....the pressure is getting to her and her "I'm saving the earth" mantra....we need to keep the pressure up on this issue and take it to the convention

Larry King tonight

did anyone watch the speaker on larry king tonight?  she's now "open" to a vote IF it's part of an overall solution incuding tapping the strategic oil preserve?  that dog cannot hunt with the GOP House members....the pressure is getting to her and her "I'm saving the earth" mantra....we need to keep the pressure up on this issue and take it to the convention

we need to keep the pressure up

did anyone watch the speaker on larry king tonight?  she's now "open" to a vote IF it's part of an overall solution incuding tapping the strategic oil preserve?

I am all for throwing that particular bone to them IF we get an up-or-down vote on a plan to eliminate ALL Federal drilling bans offshore (except for 25 miles which states can choose to exclude) AND allows oil shale development AND allows drilling in ANWR. What I'm not open to is the bogus Senate 'gang of 10' plan which gives the Democrats everything they want and does only a pittance on opening up offshore and ANWR.

The Pelosi Democrats need to be fired for incompetence if they cant allow even a vote on lifting the drilling bans offshore and in ANWR completely and permanently.

we need to keep the pressure up on this issue and take it to the convention

Agreed!

My tone deaf Democrat Congressman is erasing his past

Here's what Chris Murphy(D- Conn)  is saying to constituents in his taxpayer funded mailer

"We must do what can in the short term to address the rising price of oil by curbing Wall Street speculation and by releasing our strategic reserves.

We must pursue long term energy solutions like drilling on the land currently available to oil companies and promoting renewable energy to end our dependence on fossil fuels"
 
Here's what he said before in his previously "Drill Never" position:
 
The president should stop doing long-term planning for oil company profit-making and start doing short-term planning for American families," said Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5.http://dems.house.gov/index.asp?Type=B_PR&SEC={2D7E6E08-EBA9-41F2-96E7-638CAE603CE3}&DE={006C3F9C-40F2-485F-9381-34E1D740316F}
 
That statement has been erased from the House Democratic website
 
 
When it come to having an effective energy policy, maybe Pelosi and Murphy deserve a 404 message