But now one U.S. Senator from Florida is saying that the Cuba argument is a bunch of garbage - a complete myth.
"Tell Boortz China is NOT drilling off the coast of Cuba," was the subject line of an email sent to me late Wednesday by the chief press honcho for Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL.)
"China is not drilling off the coast of Cuba," Martinez said on the floor of the U.S. Senate. "Reports to the contrary are simply false."
Looks like the Martinez press shop has some work to do on this, since Vice President Cheney, House GOP Leader John Boehner and other top Republicans are all reciting the Cuba drilling angle, chapter and verse.
As for the issue of drilling off of Florida, I'm not going to be surprised to see a major push to open some of those areas to new drilling, no matter the protests from drilling opponents there.
I don't think the pro-drilling forces are likely to win if the issue is voted on in a vacuum, but as part of a broader compromise energy bill, it could result in a major shift, not only off Florida, but in many areas off the East Coast, West Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.