Friday, September 05, 2008

The Party (x 2) Is Over

Now that the Democrats and Republicans have wrapped up their party conventions, let's review, shall we?

We heard from Senator McCain and Governor Palin a full endorsement of nuclear energy - it's in in the Republican mix without caveats - McCain even dinged Obama for not being a heartier supporter. (We spotlight the nuclear references in all the speeches a few posts down.)

Senators Obama and Biden, meanwhile, hedged on somewhat amorphous safety issues. We can let you speculate on the reasons for this; we'd guess Democrats are following the lead of the environmental wing of the party, although even that subset has softened considerably on nuclear in the last several years.

But the most striking thing is that all the major candidates voiced support for nuclear energy. This is the year nuclear energy got its long-deserved seat at the post-partisan dinner table (with perhaps no dessert from the Democrats) and no longer has to live in the dusty, locked attic with crazy Uncle Ernie. It's a signal change.

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Last week, we pointed you to some ads NEI whipped up for the Democratic Convention version of The National Journal. Well, wouldn't you know - NEI did the same for the Republicans, too. Here's the link. They're the top-most items in the list.

Balloons. Amusingly, some of the floor reporters at last night's Republican National Convention wrap-up got swamped in the things.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I still won't vote Democrat. Not then. Not now. Not ever.

Anonymous said...

BTW, General Electric has gotten so many complaints about the liberal democrat bias of what passes for NBC that it is replacing Marxists Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as news anchors. Seems like GE (partner of GE-Hitachi, maker of the ESBWR) is beginning to realize that GE-NBC has to be reigned in. Elect Obama and you can expect an anti-nuke for NRC chairman and an anti-nuke for DOE secretary. You NEI folks won't listen to me. You prefer to ingratiate yourselves with the liberals. That'll be your own undoing.

Joffan said...

Well, if we're getting political, it seems the Republicans will solve any power supply problems by continuing to bankrupt the country, so there'll be no industry or commerce that needs power. McCain is just more Bush. If you liked the last eight years, well, I guess you'll vote McCain.

Obama has been circumspect but positive (for a campaigning Democrat) about nuclear power. I think he'll be OK for nuclear once in the White House.

AlienToaster said...

Where is the report on the third-party candidates? I know that Ron Paul is a nuclear supporter, and he just endorsed the third-party candidates who are still running. Bob Barr, for one, is a strong supporter of nuclear. If nuclear power is a top issue for people like us, maybe voting neither Republican nor Democrat would be the way to go.