Patrick Ruffini thinks oil drilling is a winning issue for the right. Hewitt concurs - with his usual purely partisan dishonesty:

Voters understand this issue.  They know that scarcity is behind the high prices, not oil company perfidy.  Democrats are banking on the voters' collective ignorance of supply and demand, but voters know.

Well, they know the profit-gouging argument is baloney. But they also know that China is the real culprit for exploding demand, that off-shore drilling won't make any difference to anything in the next few years, and that getting off our oil addiction and innovating non-carbon energy is the only effective way forward. Last time I checked, the cure for oil addiction is not providing more of it.

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