Obama Offshore Drilling Drift

By Jaketapper

Aug 2, 2008 2:08pm

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, now says he’d be willing to consider legislation including exanded off-shore drilling if part of a larger package, despite his long-time opposition to the idea.

I’m with my friend Marc Ambinder — this strikes me as not quite a complete and utter reversal, but certainly a shift in tone and language, indicating a softening of his opposition and a recognition that energy legislation requires compromise.

Not unlike Sen. John McCain’s statement that when it comes to Social Security reform, everything must be on the table, even though he personally opposes tax increases. (Though the back-peddling on that was confounding.)

My colleague Sunlen Miller has more on Obama and his off-shore drilling drift HERE.

- jpt

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