Obama’s opposition does not give him (or his minders) enough credit.
He just made a speech at the White House this morning in which he deftly portrayed the oil companies as robber barons (which they are, of course, but that’s another blog) and put Republicans in the position of opposing his energy policies in favor of the big, bad oil companies, all the while diverting attention away from escalating gasoline prices, for which Obama’s policies are partly responsible.
So when Republicans argue that Obama is largely responsible for higher gas prices, the Democratic talking point will be that no president can affect gas prices, and Republicans are just trying to protect their oil company masters by diverting attention away from the oil companies’ shake-down of the American people; and of course the proper action to take is to tax the hell out of the oil companies and for Americans to turn to other, much higher-priced sources of energy to line the pockets of the Democrats’ chosen energy providers.
Republicans are quite vulnerable to that kind of crap because they have for so long supported their oil cronies and done nothing about energy policy.
When will they ever learn? Or maybe the question is will they wake up and fashion a sensible energy policy and articulate it clearly to the American people as an alternative to Obama’s policy of pushing gas prices so high that we have to turn to his cronies’ higher-priced alternate sources of energy? The answer is probably not, because the Republican Party’s real policy, as opposed to its mendacious campaign rhetoric, is pretty much the same as the Democrats’ policy: spend us into oblivion while increasing the power of the federal government and taking away our liberty. That “same as the old boss” posture is making the Republican party irrelevant.
Maybe libertarians will advance the best energy policy, which is, in the short term, to make it possible for a free market do everything possible to extract all the oil here in order to lessen our dependence on foreign oil, while simultaneously developing the least expensive alternate energy sources to replace oil in the long term. It’s all about government policies that preserve our freedom and protect our liberty.
But give Obama credit for pulling the rug out from under Republicans.