There is no such thing as "the voters" as a monolithic block. McDesperate is pandering to his base by pandering to the oil companies. The suggestion that Obama should flip his position, abandon his base, and pander to McDesperate's base and the oil compaies is laughably ludicrous from a political standpoint.
It's also the exact same kind of "immitate the GOP" thinking that caused the Democratic Party to be perceived as weaklings for 15 years. And THAT's where the votes of Independents are lost.
Obama is handling this latest pathetic attempt by McDesperate to buy the support of oil companies and hold on to his own shrinking base as he should -- with what amounts to mocking contempt.
Not only is it bad energy policy. And not only is it bad politics to thrown the Democratic base overboard. It's the exact kind of craven pandering to Republicanism that DLCDems drove the Democratic Party into the ditch with.
I don't see the principle that guides Democrats to be unequivocally against offshore drilling for oil at this point.
That's probably because you've been blind in at least one eye for some time. For Democrats to flip on offshore drilling and betray their own base would be the height of political folly as well as a craven LACK of principle.
This is another diary where you've essentially backed McBush. And now you've added the oil companies to your list of new friends.
BTW, pandering about oil really helped Hillary, didn't it? When you're always demonstrably wrong, it's time change the way you think.