One of my favorite stories about the late Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings (Yes, I know it’s kind of sad that I have a favorite Fritz Hollings story. I know it probably speaks to my lack of a personal life.) involves the South Carolina grandee’s off-the-cuff remark concerning certain salacious tabloid photographs of a certain well-known colleague caught in flagrante delicto with a young female friend on a yacht somewhere in an exotic location. When asked what he thought of the pictures, Senator Hollings reportedly replied, “Well, I declare, it does appear that the Senator has changed his position on off-shore drilling.”
Sadly, the latest flip flop from Senator Obama isn’t nearly as entertaining, even though the remark is just as apropos in this case. This from McClatchy:
Obama made his comments in St. Petersburg during an interview with the Palm Beach Post. “My interest is in making sure we’ve got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices,” he said.
“If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage – I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done,” the paper quoted Obama as saying.
The change is dramatic because Obama often pointed to his opposition to drilling as a key difference between himself and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
First the Iraq surge, then the Iraq timeline, then welfare Reform, then the D.C. Gun Ban, and now this. Seriously, other than “Hope,” and “Change,” is there a major issue on which Senator Obama has not changed his position? The only problem for McCain may be choosing which Obama to attack.