(CNN) -- President Obama unveiled plans Wednesday to open large swaths of U.S. coastal waters in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas drilling -- a move likely to please the energy industry but upset the administration's environmentalist supporters.
When this policy was being discussed in the White House, do you think at any point a worried Rahm Emanuel turned to an equally anxious David Axelrod and said, "sure this will please the multinational oil companies, but what'll we do about the environmentalists? What. Will. We. Do?"
No, I imagine a quite confident Barack Obama called up all the heads of the big environmental groups and said something more like, "what'cha gonna do, vote Republican? Yeah, didn't think so."