21 Feb '12, 11pm

Obama's Coming Gas Price War with the GOP

Obama's Coming Gas Price War with the GOP

Don't take its outraged rhetoric at face value: the GOP loves it when gas prices begin to climb. Why? Because they've got a battle-tested, generally popular, and bite-sized message to deploy whenever they do. It might not exactly be 'drill, baby, drill', but it'll be the equivalent: Expand domestic drilling. Drill here, drill now. You get the picture. Republican strategists love this primarily because it works. It's a simple notion, and it insinuates straightforward-seeming logic: prices are rising, presumably because oil is getting scarce, and if we drilled for more oil, it'd no longer be scarce! So prices would go down—if only we drilled. But those tree-hugging Democrats won't let us, so you suffer. And the public gobbles it up. The logic is beyond faulty, but they gobble it up. Of course, the price of gasoline is indeed largely pegged to the price of oil. And oil is a g...

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