President Obama recently decided to allow drilling for oil in the coastal waters off of Virginia and the Gulf of Mexico’s western reaches, and also to open those areas to formerly prohibited seismic testing.

The policy shift has brought about some small measure of partisan reconciliation, as Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) and other members of the GOP congratulated the President on his decision.

The noteworthy thing is, off-shore oil drilling is something President Obama railed against as a candidate, vowing not to allow it. This isn’t to imply President Obama doesn’t have worthwhile reasons for changing gears, only that Candidate Obama may have erred on the side of naive idealism when courting voters (who erred similarly).

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