It has gotten a huge boost. This is a win-win situation for Republicans. If a package passes, Republicans–who have been most associated with offshore exploration for oil–will easily take the credit since they worked the hardest to push for new exploration to take place. If a package does not pass, Republicans will be able to continue the pressure on Democrats throughout the election cycle. I imagine that there are a lot of Democrats who are upset with Harry Reid’s decision to grant a vote on the issue and wish that Reid was as tough as Nancy Pelosi in refusing to let the issue come to the floor.