From the NY Times:
Democrats Eager to Exploit Anger Over Gas Prices
WASHINGTON, April 20 “” Democrats running for Congress are moving quickly to use the most recent surge in oil and gasoline prices to bash Republicans over energy policy, and more broadly, the direction of the country.
With oil prices hitting a high this week and prices at the pump topping $3 a gallon in many places, Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic Senate candidate in Minnesota, is making the issue the centerpiece of her campaign. Ms. Klobuchar says it “is one of the first things people bring up” at her campaign stops.
To varying degrees, Democrats around the country are following a similar script that touches on economic anxiety and populist resentment against oil companies.
So let’s get this straight – the same people who have spent the last several years doing everything they could to hamper increased domestic oil production are now going to use the issue against the people who have tried to increase domestic production?
And aren’t these the same people who used to advocate things like increasing the gas tax, carbon taxes, the Kyoto Protocol, etc., to try to dissuade people from using more energy?
The cynicism and pure nerve of the Democrats is unfathomable.
The Republicans should bring up the bill approving drilling in ANWR several times between now and November.
Note that the Democrats aren’t offering any proposals that will actually lower energy costs, it’s all just another of their usual substance-free emotional appeals. We’ll soon find out if offering nothing more than knee-jerk opposition to everything the Republicans try to do will be a winner for the Democrats in November. Given the pitiful shape the Republicans are in these days, it just might be.
The Washington Post