So if 1.3 million dollars in contributions from big oil means that John McCain is “in the pocket of big oil”, then what does Barack’s $400,000 from big oil mean? Apparently nothing if you’re the DNC or the average Democrat. Jake Tapper also mentions that employees of big oil individually have given slightly more money to Obama than to McCain. But that doesn’t matter either because big oil money is only bad if the recipient is a Republican. I challenge the Democrats to provide examples of McCain writing policy to support the interests of big oil. I don’t think they have any. McCain even voted against President Bush’s big energy bill, because he said that it provided too much in the way of corporate tax breaks for the oil/gas industry. It’s much easier to connect Bush/Cheney to big oil than it is to make the same claim about John McCain.
And if Barack Obama is so concerned about taking money from big oil, then maybe he should return all the contributions that he has received from them. He also might want to explain why he voted for Bush’s energy bill if it’s not just because of its support for alternative energy sources.
Senator McCain has responded to this criticism by Senator Obama by saying this:
I think Senator Obama might be a little bit confused. Yesterday, he accused me of having President Bush’s policies on energy. That’s odd because he voted for the President’s energy bill and I voted against it. I voted against it, had $2.8 billion in corporate welfare to Big Oil companies, and they’re already making record profits, as you know. Senator Obama voted for that bill and its Big Oil giveaways. I know he hasn’t been in the Senate that long, but even in the real world, voting for something means you support it and voting against something means you oppose it.
Exactly right. The Senate vote on the energy bill wasn’t even close. Obama could have voted against it without much political fallout, because it would have passed without his vote. Does the DNC really want to go through the list of Dems who have received fat corporate contributions from big oil (or from big ethanol)? Fair is fair. They can list all the Republicans “in the pocket” of big oil, and we can make our own list of Dems, and then let the American people decide whose hands are clean here. The answer is neither party. But this is a very shallow case to make against McCain. The only reason this would matter is if he were like Ted Stevens and he had designated earmarks or wrote legislation for his own financial benefit. He’s not and he hasn’t. So let’s move on to the next contrived grievance, ok?