I enjoyed seeing the above ad in the paper today on a number of levels.
- First, it’s good to see Lindsey Graham getting props from any corner for his courageous stance on energy and climate change. It’s ridiculous for such a sensible course to have to be considered “courageous,” but we live in a world in which if a Republican does something sensible (that is, if he endorses the Energy Party platform), and he does it with a Democrat, folks in his party want to ride him on a rail.
- Second, I always like it when political actors, whether they are individuals or groups, step outside the boxes that the arbiters of our simplistic yes-or-no politics would put them in. Having the Christian Coalition endorse this isn’t shocking, given that many conservative Christians these days are embracing our obligation to act as stewards of this planet God put us on — but it’s gratifying nonetheless. (Of course, this ad didn’t stress the environmental part, just the energy part, but they could have picked any number of other Republicans to praise for favoring drilling for oil. A statement like this is a tacit endorsement of all that Sen. Graham is trying to do with Sen. Kerry.) We’re talking about an organization that has a fund-raising appeal on its Web site that says “Will You Stand With Us As We Stand Against The Left?,” nevertheless spending money to praise a senator who’s being pilloried by the right for working with the “opposition.”
- Finally, I’m happy for my friends at The State that they landed a full-color, almost-full page political ad. Too many of those dollars go to TV.