Tuesday, August 05, 2008

 

The Democrats' Energy Plan

Let them eat cake

Hugh Hewitt makes this point in reaction to this story by Politico's Martin Kady II and Patrick O'Connor:
Even as they face heat from constituents during the August break, Democrats say they aren’t going to cave in to popular pressure.

“We feel pretty comfortable with where we are,” said Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.), who is close to the Democratic leadership. “This is a not a new issue. This just didn’t happen today. We’ve been working on this for months.”

Democratic insiders said that Pelosi and other party leaders were “not rattled” by the GOP floor rebellion, and at this point, it’s not clear if the Democrats will even pay a price on energy. State-level polling conducted by Democrats suggests that voters still view President Bush and the GOP as the incumbent power in Washington, and Democratic strategists believe any anti-incumbent wave would hurt Republicans more than Democrats.
Hewitt is rightly troubled by these tactics:
The Pelosi-Reid-Obama indifference to the impact the high cost of gas is having on the average America is amazing and unsettling, a vision of how these elites would govern if unchecked. For Pelosi, it is a Marie Antoinette moment, and every Republican should be making the point that every vote for any Democrat is a vote to keep Her Highness in power as Speaker, and thus the cost of gas sky high and rising.
He's right. This last point will be emphasized by me any time I hear anyone complain about the cost of gasoline.

Democrats, as directed by the environmental lobby, push insane energy policies that cost the average family thousands of dollars annually. But, aided and abetted by the media, they have successfully created the perception among Americans that the GOP and Big Oil are responsible for high energy prices. Republicans need to launch a full scale media assault to counter this while reminding voters that gasoline prices have just about doubled since Democrats won control of Congress.

Like this, via Hot Air:



I'm not sure what galls me the most: That the Democrat's policy of artificially high gasoline prices have forced me to alter my lifestyle; The arrogance and contempt for average people displayed by the Democratic leadership; or that the plan may actually succeed in thwarting the will of 70% of the American public.

I find it depressesing that Democratic control of the next House and Senate last traded on Intrade at 93.8 and 92, respectively.

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