Quin, I agree that bowing to politics is wise in these cases. If this were a clever, "we're-all-for-enforcing-the-law-even-though-it's-probably-being-followed" action, I'd be all for it. It would make a great point eight on a ten-point list of legislation that would roll back all the faulty energy regulation of the last 30 years and begin ANWR and off-shore drilling, as you suggested.
But the fact that we enforce the law is a no-brainer -- and undeserving of a major media push. Instead, these guys assume the Democratic position: that of course the oil companies are price gouging.