Now, some would say this is just partisan politics as usual, etc. But I can't fault the Republicans, here, for wanting a vote on the offshore drilling matter. Whether I support or oppose offshore drilling is irrelevant--the point is that in a democratic government there shouldn't be a stony refusal by one side even to schedule a vote on a matter that some think will help with the current energy situation.
Oppose it, fairly. Vote against it, fairly. Vote for it and support it, fairly, too.
But the practice in Congress of secret back-room deals and handshakes and initiatives to keep votes like these even from being scheduled during an election campaign season is one of the worst things about Congress, and it doesn't matter whether it's Democrats or Republicans or both doing it.
So let's have that vote on offshore drilling, Pelosi. Otherwise all of Congress might as well be playing games in the dark.