"This is a shrewd move by the White House this announcement they’re doing on energy and offshore oil drilling. ... These are the things they need to demonstrate to their constituents that the Democratic Party does not just cater to the extreme aspects of their base ... Now, do I think that this measure here will help grease the path for a climate change bill and bring Republicans on board? No. Republicans in the Congress have made a calculation that cooperating with this administration at this time is not necessary for them to pick up seats," - Dan Bartlett, the top communications adviser under Bush.

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