You've got to give the Democrats credit. They tried to make some noise about energy today here in Denver. But no one heard them.
Finally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with other key Democratic house leaders, arrived. And then, just as she began to speak about her plan for American energy independence, the chants began: "Drill Here! Drill Now!" they yelled. Mostly young men, some wearing self-conscious scruff, as though they were just dragged from a fraternity house. They held hand-scrawled signs and McCain t-shirts. Their voices were loud.
Pelosi: "... the policies of the two oil men in the White House ..."
Protestors: "Drill Here, Drill Now!"
Pelosi: "... this planet is God's creation... "
Protesters: "You don't want to lower gas prices!!!"
Protesters: "Drill Here. Drill Now!"
Pelosi: "We can't drill our way out of this problem."
You get the picture. After a half hour of this, I had to leave. At some point Pelosi thanked the "Drill Only" guys for making clear the distinction between the Democrats' plan and McCain's energy plan. But I only heard little snippets of her plan, because the frat boys kept yelling.
In the end, I guess I heard the sound bytes. Maybe that's all I was meant to hear.