Gulf state Republican governors (who did not fault Bush on Katrina) now still want to keep drilling as the oil washes onshore!
"June 4 (Bloomberg) – Republicans’ embrace of offshore oil drilling and their skepticism of “big” government may hamper the party’s efforts to gain politically from President Barack Obama’s handling of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who heads the Republican Governors Association, has said the BP Plc oil spill that followed the April 20 explosion of a deepwater rig is no reason for the U.S. to abandon offshore oil and gas exploration.
As oil washes ashore in Gulf Coast states, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, also a Republican, sent a letter to Obama this week expressing “grave concerns” with the president’s decision to suspend activity at 33 deepwater rigs.
“They’re kind of stuck because they’re the party of ’Drill, Baby, Drill,’” said David Lanoue, head of the political science department of the University of Alabama, referring to a Republican slogan during the 2008 presidential campaign. “If you’re an ambitious Republican governor, where do you go with this?”
And, of course, our Sarah knows whose fault the spill is:
"In a posting on Facebook, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin blamed the disaster on “extreme environmentalists” and suggested that campaigns against onshore and near-shore drilling having driven oil companies to pursue deep-water wells.
“Extreme deep water drilling is not the preferred choice to meet our country’s energy needs, but your protests and lawsuits and lies about onshore and shallow water drilling have locked up safer areas,” Palin said."
I thought Republicans were all for personal responsibility?