"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Friday, April 21, 2006

Democrats Eager to Exploit Anger Over Gas Prices

'"It's a metaphor for an economy that keeps biting people despite overall good numbers,"' said Senator Chuck E. Schumer. Metaphor, rhetoric...whatever you want to call it, nothing changes with Chuck and the gang - say one thing implying another. Never say what you mean - don't speak directly to anything.

Talking points are being shared via the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, for another tool for use against a thriving economy. "Increasing gasoline prices have put Republicans on the defensive at a time when they are counting on the economy to help offset the myriad other problems they face, starting with the Iraq war." A "war for oil" mind you, however that talking point isn't appropriate for this "metaphor."

"Democrats are tailoring campaign messages to pierce any economic good news by focusing on other aspects of the energy law, chiefly the subsidies worth nearly $15 billion for gas and oil companies and the bill's lack of a more muscular approach to conserve energy and reduce the dependence on foreign oil." "Muscular" now there is a word that doesn't quite go with this party; nice choice of wording to the Times. Although, Republican or Democrat, we should all be for doing something about subsidies that helps and industry that should be able to stand on it's own two feet by now.

Even though Dems are all hot for jumping on the gas price bandwagon, "they did little to advance energy measures in eight years under President Bill Clinton. Democrats remain split to some degree over how to proceed, but in general favor greater investment in "clean fuel" technologies, more incentives for driving fuel-efficient vehicles and stronger steps toward reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Those positions were included in a measure sponsored last year by more than 30 Democratic House members who opposed the Republican version of the energy bill. Even so, 75 Democrats in the House and 25 in the Senate voted with the Republicans to pass Mr. Bush's bill." Hhmmmmmm

The talking points from the DCCC is '"where you call for a real commitment to bringing down gas prices and pledge that, as a member of Congress, you will fight for families in your district, not the oil and gas executives for which the Republican Congress has fought so hard."'

"A survey by Public Agenda," found that the public views fears over energy independence rivals that of our military in Iraq. "88 percent said problems abroad were endangering supplies and increasing prices and that 85 percent believed that the federal government could do something if it tried." Which is why Democrats will do what they can to make the public feel as though the federal government can do something about it and that they are the ones to do this. The federal government certainly can do more, however unlike the impression the Dems will give; government cannot solve everything.

Taking a page from what has been working over the past six years to make an alernate reality more believable, the Dems will use anger as their message. "If voter anger stays high, Democrats, as the minority party, stand to benefit most, said Amy Walter, a political analyst for The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter."

Why change or actually offer anything when anger is all you know?

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