Roth continues: "The key moment was the Republican candidate's June 16 Houston speech to cheering energy executives, during which he embraced offshore drilling, a position he previously opposed. Of the $976,350 in oil and gas money raised by the McCain Victory fund since March, 61 percent, or $594,700, was collected between the day of the Houston speech and the end of June, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit research group."
Not that the GOP isn't feeling good on energy: "Republican leaders are vowing to continue through the August recess their daily protests on the House floor to demand votes on oil drilling, believing that they have struck a chord with a public fed up with high gas prices and Congressional gridlock and have Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on the run,"Roll Call's Steven T. Dennis reports.
"We're going to continue to be here day after day until the Speaker calls us back," said House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.
And yet: "The protest has largely been blown off by the party's standard-bearers, President Bush and the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain," Dennis writes. "McCain has used House GOP talking points on calling for Congress to come back to pass an offshore drilling plan but has not appeared with House Republicans in the Capitol. Bush left town for the Olympics in Beijing, ignoring GOP calls that he use his power to force Congress into an emergency session, prompting Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) to label him 'Beijing George' in a harsh blog post."
The Democratic National Convention schedule is filling out (slowly): Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, D-Kan., a convention cochair, holds a 10 am ET conference call Monday to discuss the latest.
As expected, Michelle Obama gets Monday night, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton gets Tuesday, and President Clinton is expected to share the spotlight with Obama's running mate Wednesday.
Does this mean she'll give an interview? "Hillary Clinton wants to be introduced by her daughter Chelsea at the Democratic National Convention, and party insiders say Barack Obama has signed off on the idea," Thomas M. DeFrank reported Saturday in the New York Daily News. "An official close to both the Obama and Clinton camps told The News that having Chelsea usher her mother onstage would be another symbolic gesture to Hillary's female backers, many of whom remain bruised by her loss and still haven't sworn their allegiance to Obama."
Still no answer to the big question -- a roll-call vote and the logistics it would involve.
It's going to get loud: "Frustrated [supporters] of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) are planning multiple rallies at the Democratic convention in Denver, coupled with television and print advertisements," The Hill's Bob Cusack reports.
"Forces beyond the two campaigns are also at play in the Clinton-Obama drama," Linda Feldmann writes in the Christian Science Monitor. "The city of Denver has issued a parade permit to a group called Colorado Women Count/Women Vote for Aug. 26 -- the day of Hillary Clinton's speech and the 88th anniversary of women's suffrage. The group plans to march through Denver to show appreciation for Clinton's campaign effort and to urge a roll-call vote on her nomination. Another group, 18 Million Voices, is planning a pro-Clinton rally in Denver as well."