The Boston Globe depicts the Republican Congressional "agenda" as an attempt to ignite their supporters with bills such as the tried and true flag-burning amendment.
But per today's NY Times Poll, supporters of drilling in ANWR outnumber opponents for the first time in this data series, which goes back to 2001. (This is shown in question 76 of the raw data; inexplicably, the Times overlooked this in their coverage.) Currently 48% approve of drilling in ANWR; 45% disapprove, and 7% are undecided.
There you go - also per the poll, the public is concerned about high gas prices, so this is an opportunity for Bush and his Congressional supporters to demonstrate their ability to Get Things Done that matter to ordinary Americans.
Of course, oil won't be flowing from ANWR anytime soon, and we lack refinery capacity in this country in any case, but we can't let reality intrude.
Bush was apparently pounding the table for ANWR recently. My right-leaning oil company friend has long believed that the available oil is not worth the political pain, so I have never been an ANWR advocate myself. But given a choice between debating that and debating a flag-burning amendment, bring on ANWR.