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Reuters: Oil spill’s political consequences rise for Obama

From Reuters News:

By repeatedly assigning blame to energy giant BP Plc and focusing ire on the government agency responsible for regulating offshore drilling, Obama has deflected criticism that his administration was sluggish in its initial response to the Gulf of Mexico spill.

That may not last. A month since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank, killing 11 people and leaving a ruptured well that has been leaking crude ever since, the feared environmental catastrophe is becoming more and more real.

“There is a strong tendency for the public to penalize incumbents even for natural disasters if there is a plausible governmental angle — regardless of whether the government failed to respond adequately,” said Eric Schickler, a political science professor at the University of California, Berkley.

“If the oil spill has a significant impact on the Gulf Coast economy — and as a result, on the U.S. economy as a whole — it is likely to impose at least some damage on the president and his party.”

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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