On October 12, the Obama adminstration lifted its ban on deepwater drilling, which was initially scheduled to end November 30. The lifting of the moratorium - six weeks ahead of schedule and three weeks before the midterm elections elections - was clearly intended to give Democrats a boost at the polls.
A commenter on Michelle Malkin's blog noted at the time: "Obama was against drilling before he was for it and most likely, after the election, will be against it once again."
And lo and behold the New York Times informs us today that, "the Obama administration is rescinding its decision to expand offshore oil exploration into the eastern Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast because of weaknesses in federal regulation revealed by the BP oil spill."
Apparently, the weaknesses in federal regulation, which had been rectified, have fallen into a state of disrepair.