What exactly could be motivating this?
An actual desire to save the U.S. economy from full-fledged disaster?
An attempt to pave the way for "cap and tax"?
A rare bow to common sense?
Nah, that can't be it. Common sense is strictly prohibited in this administration.
There must be a head fake here somewhere. I just can't figure out what it is.
Update: Ed Driscoll has me laughing:
While President Obama’s announcement regarding offshore drilling appears to be the typical Oba-kabuki, it’s already paying dividends in one respect: “MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Rants Over Drilling: Is President Obama ‘Nothing More Than a Democrat in Name Only?’”
Yes, the MSNBC host has blown the doors off the greatest conspiracy of all! Clearly Barack Obama is a mole, a Laurence Harvey-style Manchurian Candidate programmed by Karl Rove and Dick Cheney in the secret Haliburton labs to ensure that no one vote for a big government “progressive” statist ever again.