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September 19, 2008

GANG OF 20 SURRENDERS; WILL NOT OFFER COMPROMISE CAPITULATION THIS SESSION

Huzzah!

A bipartisan group of senators who sought a compromise in the rancorous energy debate won't introduce their bill before lawmakers adjourn for the elections, several Senate aides said Thursday.

Instead, the so-called Gang of 20 will offer a statement of principals outlining their agreement on a host of divisive issues, including expanded offshore drilling....

"They have got a real bipartisan comprehensive plan here so they don't want to just throw it out there and have it torn apart because of partisan sniping," the Democratic aide said. "They feel they have a real chance at getting this bill passed after they get past the election."

The group's work has generated enormous attention because it seemed to skirt the politics of the issue in favor of a bipartisan solution. In August, 10 members -- five from each party -- announced their plan at a news conference as gas prices soared above $4 a gallon. Since then, 10 more senators have joined the group, including several facing tough reelection battles.

...

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), one of the negotiators, said the bipartisan group wasn't looking to end up "on the left of Nancy Pelosi," referring to the House Speaker.

Thanks to Michelle Malkin, who writes, "Hooah!"

Incidentally, I hear that McCain shouldn't be blamed for the gang of 20 and may in fact be owed some praise for its demise.

That's what I hear.

I hear things.

I'm a hear-er.






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