Like Favre as the Green Bay quarterback, Big Oil has been the principal source of energy for as long as anyone can remember having energy. In recent years, we have begun to question paying so much for a veteran that has not always yielded the results we would like. We've looked at other teams, and we've seen where they have started to replace their aging marquee players. Solar, wind, hydroelectric, electric--they're the up-and-comers and they have very high ceilings. It appeared that, for Americans, Big Oil might have played its final political season under the Bush/Haliburton administration.
But wait! Now the McCain/Palin team has come along and is interesting in keeping Big Oil in the game. By moving from Green Bay to New York, Favre has a chance to be reinvigorated--he's getting a brand new start, rather than coming back for the same team. Not dissimilarly, Team McCain wants to move oil production to our own land. They concede that, down the road, we'll have to replace Big Oil. For the time being, though, they want it to extend its playing time.
Favre might succeed in New York, he might not. There was, however, no way that Packers ownership was going to bring him back. Whatever reasons they had, they were clearly not wanting to bring back the aging star. Fans were divided; some wanted to keep him out of loyalty and fondness; others agreed the time had come to move on. Whether Aaron Rodgers pans out this year is not the most important tell of whether or not this decision is sound. Favre has toyed with retirement following each of the past few seasons, and ownership clearly decided it would rather be free of such games. "Will he come through and play or won't he?" gets old. About as old as "Will gas prices double or won't they?"
No, the time has come for someone to tell Big Oil to hang it up. We'll retire your number, give you a plaque in the Hall of Fame when the time comes. You'll be looked back on as the star of your era. But it makes no sense to keep paying you so much money when someone younger and healthier is ready to take over your position. Maybe you can get on with another team--the Jets, China--but we're ready to bring up the new kid.