Chris Beam can't understand why Democrats haven't exploited the oil spill to shame senators who are holding up energy reform:
Imagine if, after 9/11, a group of fiscally hawkish senators opposed invading Afghanistan because it would cost too much. You can't, can you? Their position would have been untenable. America was attacked and all you care about is deficit reduction? Supporters of an invasion would have milked the moment for all its emotional worth. And the fiscal hawks would have buckled. So why hasn't something similar happened with energy legislation?
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