McCain recently accused Obama of rehashing the same old failed energy policies from the 1970s. By contrast, McCain wants to rehash the same old failed energy policies from the 1980s. So here's my thumbnail guide to presidential energy policy: Carter: We must conserve and research alternate energy. Reagan: We must drill our way out of this problem. Bush 1: We must protect our friends in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Clinton: Energy what? Bush 2: Our clan is strong. We take what we need. On the whole, I think each policy has been less effective than the previous one.