If Bush releases some reserves to push prices down, rattles his sabres at his big oil friends and is able to attach his name and the party to lowering gas prices -- they could close the November elections with at least a 3-5 seat majority.
Me -- 6:29 A.M.
WASHINGTON - Under election-year pressure to reduce surging gasoline prices, President Bush on Tuesday halted filling of the nation's emergency oil reserve, urged the waiver of clean air rules to ease local gas shortages and called for the repeal of $2 billion in tax breaks for profit-heavy oil companies.
Still, experts said Bush's actions wouldn't have much impact on prices at the pump. The president warned that motorists would have to dig deep into their pockets all summer long.
Bush urged lawmakers to expand tax breaks for the purchase of fuel-efficient hybrid automobiles, a politically popular measure that's also supported by environmentalists. He also directed the Environmental Protection Agency to use its authority to temporarily waive air quality laws in states if that would relieve a local gasoline supply shortage.
The White House was unable to say how much Bush's actions could affect the price of gas.
Bush said, "Every little bit helps."
And there it is -- they take a fork and go for the 80/20 game first -- brilliant strategy -- they couldn't have asked to have a dispute with Iran, have the possibility of Nuking Iran leaked to the press, have the unregulated petroleum futures market get the jitters, send crude sky-high and then have something to rally against at a better time. How lucky can one President get?
Sorry Mike -- I was a little tired this morning -- I should have explained.
The Democrats either ran ON Clinton's record -- or they ran AWAY from him. You can't have it both ways. Of course -- Gore ran AWAY from him. But you brilliantly, with words and opinions that aren't representative of my position, make the case that he shouldn't have done that.
Additionally -- you're trying to have it both ways too with allegations made against Clinton that turned out to have no teeth. That would mean you'd have to accept every allegation made against GW, like the one I very carefully didn't make above, as a valid scandal.
Separating ISSUES from scandals -- if you wanted to open a Clinton thread there are plenty of points I could help you bash on.