Most anyone who follows politics understands that you have to cut through a lot of spin and exaggeration to get to the facts of an issue.
But even by election year standards, Sen. Claire McCaskill's desperate effort to portray herself as someone in the middle ground on energy and regulatory issues is a real stretch.
In her recent visit to Mid-Missouri Sen. McCaskill said we are fortunate our energy costs are lower than in many states, and she would like to keep it that way. Then why has she during her short time in Washington backed the failed push to pass a cap-and-trade bill, voted for a massive expansion of EPA regulatory powers and was in favor of the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule?
If that weren't enough, Sen. McCaskill has been firmly behind the Obama administration's politically motivated push to raise taxes on oil and gas firms by doing away with subsidies.
Either she doesn't understand that the federal government does not grant subsidies to oil and gas firms, or she's just playing team sports with the White House. But the damage that raising taxes on domestic energy producers right now - for increasing the price of gasoline and for destroying more jobs in a stagnant economy - would be huge.
Sen. McCaskill can't have it both ways. She might wish that these inconvenient positions she took on energy would just go away in an election year. But no matter how much spin is imparted on this issue, facts remain facts. Her record speaks for itself.