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Congressional Republicans still see President Obama as vulnerable on rising gasoline prices and they plan to renew their focus on the issue:
“Gas prices have doubled on President Obama’s watch, and the American people are asking why he and Senate Democrats are blocking more American energy production,” Boehner said in a statement. “Whether the president joins us or not, we will continue to fight for common-sense solutions that lower gas prices and create new jobs.”

Republicans believe that the winter surge in energy costs — the average price of a gallon of gas jumped nearly 70 cents, to about $3.90, from late December to mid-April — provides them with a political opening to go on the offensive against Obama.

Just one problem. Gasoline prices have fallen in the past month by 18 cents a gallon, from a nationwide average of $3.92 to $3.75 a gallon. That compares with $3.96 last year at this time.

Unlike congressional Republicans, Foxaganda has noticed the falling prices. Here's Fox business host Stuart Varney:

SEAN HANNITY: Let's look at gas price when he took office. I mean, let's go down the list here. Gas prices, average nationally, $1.84 a gallon. Well, now, the average price is $3.80 a gallon. Is that something to tout as success?

STUART VARNEY: No, obviously not. And [Obama] has had nothing to do with bringing the gas price down the last few days. He's had everything to do with pushing the gas price up over the last three years.

But then again, maybe he is responsible. Varney recently said the falling prices might be a sign of a weakening economy, which, in FoxSpeak is obviously Obama's fault.

And, of course, he's to blame for stopping oil companies from drilling on every half-acre of public land from the Alaskan wilderness to the Florida coral reefs.

As Media Matters points out, last year Varney conceded that "higher gas prices are the result of the expanding global economy and turmoil in the Middle East" and had nothing to do with Obama's drilling policies.

Perhaps, Fox News and the congressional Republicans will huddle to figure out how untangle all these dueling narratives so they can arrive at a single answer as to why Obama is to blame.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:39 AM PDT.

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  •  Is that also why domestic production... (9+ / 0-)

    is at an all-time high under Obama?  How are they going to spin that one into an attack?  We're drilling but not messing up the environment enough?

    •  Not an all-time high. The highest in.. (14+ / 0-)

      ...I believe, eight years. The peak was 42 years ago.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:53:28 AM PDT

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    •  That is because of Bush, you see (5+ / 0-)

      Like all good things that happen under a Democratic president, the cause is the actions of a previous Republican president, which are finally bearing fruit!

      See: Clinton boom, The; bin Laden, Death of

      Similarly, anything bad that happens under a Republican president are the results of stupid, stupid Democrats. It's just that poor Republican's misfortune that he's in office at the time the house of cards collapsed.

      See: the entire George W. Bush presidency.

      You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

      by tomjones on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:55:32 AM PDT

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    •  Facts?! They don't need no stinking facts! (4+ / 0-)

      Their low information viewership will nod and not bother to think since Fox tells them what to believe.

      Belief requires no fact.

      Knowing requires facts.

      They choose to believe what they are told, so they think that they know something. The something they know is nothing but lies, but that does not matter, as long as they continue to believe.

      And so go the knuckle-draggers - lost in their idiocy.

      -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

      by Vayle on Wed May 09, 2012 at 12:13:51 PM PDT

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  •  Everything Obama does is wrong no matter what (20+ / 0-)

    That is Fox News' imperative. WHATEVER Obama does there must be some hidden dark side,

    Republicans take care of big money, for big money takes care of them ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:45:16 AM PDT

    •  Their minds are made up; don't confuse them with (1+ / 0-)
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      Teabaggers are too far gone to reason with.  Every single one of them should be rounded up and either locked up on charges of sedition and/or terrorism or committed to an institution for the criminally insane.   They don't belong in politics.

    •  Today is too cool! Obama's fault (4+ / 0-)
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      TofG, zenox, wishingwell, RichM

      Tomorrow will be too warm - also Obama's fault.

      My kid flunked his spelling test - it's that darned Obama again.

      "I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world."--Mayor Bloomberg

      by mkfarkus on Wed May 09, 2012 at 12:57:33 PM PDT

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    •  And it's not just the Sirota Democrats saying this (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Yes a nice sunny day, Obamas fault because (2+ / 0-)
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      some areas need rain, Hurricanes...Obama's fault, Tornados...Obama's Fault.

      If you wake up with a headache, Obama's fault.

      If you ate too much and get indigestion, Obama's fault.

      If you hit your kids, Obama's fault.

      If the neighbor's dog barks too much, Obama's fault.

      If you have Gas, Obama's fault.

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      by wishingwell on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:27:50 PM PDT

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    •  Corollary... (1+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson

      Everything that goes wrong is Obama's fault.  And every time Obama supports a specific point of view - it is for the most nefarious reasons possible - even if that point of view was stated by a Republican the day before.

      'Osama Bin Ladien is still dead and GM is still alive' - Joe Biden "Dems kill terrorist. The GOP keeps them around as a boogeyman - so they can continue to steel."

      by RichM on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:30:41 PM PDT

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  •  *blink*blink* (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm struck by how the meanest, cruelest, nastiest people brag about how they live in a Christian nation. It's rather telling.

    by terrypinder on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:47:14 AM PDT

  •  News for idiots. (4+ / 0-)
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    They say it.

    Their viewers nod.

    Can't be any more efficient than that.

    may we not be strangers in the lush province of joy - Charles Wright

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:47:27 AM PDT

  •  In the next breath... (5+ / 0-)

    Fox goes on to prove that black is white...

    and then proceeds to get killed at the next Zebra Crossing.

    /snark  (Joke by Douglas Adams)

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:50:46 AM PDT

  •  Stupid Republicans. Don't they know that (4+ / 0-)
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    livingthedream, TomP, Supavash, MKSinSA

    socialistgas is bad for the economy when it is cheap and when it is expensive. Teapartygas™ on the other hand, is always priced just right. As long as Obama is president, he will keep the Teapartygas™ embargoed, along with all the bullets.

    Proud to be a Truth Vigilante

    by Calvino Partigiani on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:51:12 AM PDT

  •  Gas goes up and down for "good" and "bad" reasons (1+ / 0-)
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    ignoring CO2 and the environment for a moment.  

    If the world economy is in a severe decline, global demand goes down as do prices.  This is a bad situation for most everyone.

    US production goes down and imports go up significantly with US the same or increasing, this causes the US trade balance to significantly get worse, resulting in lower value for the dollar and higher dollar prices for oil and gas and other imports.   This is a bad situation for most US citizens.

    If peace breaks out in the Middle East, or major oil fields come on line, or production technology gets more oil from existing fields oil prices go down, and gas prices decline which strengthens the rest of the economy. This is a good situation for most US citizens.

    US production goes up and imports go down significantly with US the same or declining, this causes the US trade balance to significantly improve, resulting in higher value for the dollar and lower dollar prices for oil and gas and other imports.   This is a good situation for most US citizens.

    US production goes down and imports go up significantly with US the same or increasing, this causes the US trade balance to significantly get worse, resulting in lower value for the dollar and higher dollar prices for oil and gas and other imports.   This is a bad situation for most US citizens.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:57:19 AM PDT

    •  You will never make it on Fox, nextstep... (6+ / 0-)

      ...unless you dump the nuance.

      But you're talking about oil prices, not gasoline prices. Obviously, they are closely tied, but there are short-term differences in direction, with gasoline prices being more sticky downward when oil prices fall while rising very closely with rising oil prices.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed May 09, 2012 at 12:06:47 PM PDT

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      •  Amen to that... (0+ / 0-)

        So I'm not the only one who has noticed that when oil prices fall... the price at the pump doesn't fall for a few days because they say they paid the higher amount for the gas in their tanks.  If the price of oil increases, the effect is immediate because that is the price it will take to replace it.

        In any other industry, that would be called a scam.  In the gas and oil industry, that is called business as usual.

        "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

        by Buckeye Nut Schell on Wed May 09, 2012 at 01:02:54 PM PDT

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        •  Or as my friend said, gas prices can drop but (2+ / 0-)

          heating oil prices do not drop in response to that.

          She says most heating oil prices are set once per year and they stay the same, high all of the time.

          She said the price of gas is not killing her pocketbook, heating oil prices are.

          Another good friend of mine who is a disabled, retired senior was only able to stay in his house this year because we had a very mild winter. That bought him some time before he has to move into a senior's housing complex.

          Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

          by wishingwell on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:31:13 PM PDT

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  •  So Romneyesque. (9+ / 0-)

    If President Obama persoanlly found a cure for cancer, Romney and FoxNews would be screaming about all the doctors he is putting out of work in his socialistic plans to eradicate diseases.  

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Wed May 09, 2012 at 12:00:26 PM PDT

  •  Fox News: Sun is rising, very bad (3+ / 0-)
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    Fox News: Sun is setting, very bad.

    I wish I had the Money to buy Fox News -And change the name. Oh wait......

    But then I could hire Keith Oberman as Hannitys script writer......

    Randy Rhodes would write for Bill O'Reilly.....

    Mike Malloy can write for GLen Beck.....

    ANd the Knicks are going to beat the Heat in game 5...... LOL

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Wed May 09, 2012 at 12:14:18 PM PDT

  •  I did a sort of scary figuring about 1 Trillion (0+ / 0-)

    Barrels of Oil and since I was just rounding a lot I used 50 Gallons as a Barrel,so a Trillion Barrels of Oil at $100 is 100 Trillion Dollars and a Trillion 50 Gallon Barrels will fill a "Lake" 100 miles long by 100 miles wide to a depth of now get this 25-30 Feet if this was a body of Water this wouldn't even start to fill up part of The Great Lakes.

  •  My wing nut sister in FL (3+ / 0-)
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    Who sent me a very aggravated text in ALL CAPS about how rising gas prices are OBAMA'S FAULT!!
    so i guess she'll be texting me to praise him for prices coming down now, right? Right??

  •  They always start out with that lie (3+ / 0-)
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    That gas prices have doubled on Obama's watch.

    They point to $1.86/gal on Inauguration Day, without looking back to the previous summer's high of $4.12 under...who was it?

    That steep drop in gas prices between the summer of 2008 and Inauguration Day...hard to explain unless a bunch of petroleum companies and futures speculators colluded to manipulate prices up in the first place only to see their bubble burst. They sure were generous back then, offering to let us keep our lives in exchange for $700 billion from the taxpayers instead of shooting us in the streets.

    -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

    by trevzb on Wed May 09, 2012 at 12:34:31 PM PDT

    •  That was my thought too (0+ / 0-)

      Look at that drop - it's amazing how fast prices dropped. And right in time for the election, too! Just a coincidence, I'm sure...

      Except that right AFTER the election they started going right back up. Almost as fast as they went down.

      And that other drop? Right before the 2010 election, it looks like. Not as much as the 2008 drop, but the prices weren't as high either.

      Look at the other drop - in 2006. That one looks like it was right before the election as well, and then it starts going up, and keeps going up until the fall of 2008.

      Hmmm...... if I didn't know better, I'd think that the oil companies were trying to influence the elections. Though it doesn't seem to matter too much who wins, since after the election prices just go right back up.

    •  I'd encourage Republicans to keep up... (0+ / 0-)

      ...this particular line of attack.  Because whenever they make the claim that gas prices have doubled under Obama, they look like idiots to everyone but the Fox News crowd.

      I think that the majority of us have those memories of $4/gallon gas back in 2008 to give lie to the Republican propaganda.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Wed May 09, 2012 at 06:48:38 PM PDT

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  •  Well, sure. (1+ / 0-)
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    Anything bad that happens is President Obama's fault, and any good he does is only because he's running for re-election.

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Wed May 09, 2012 at 12:37:21 PM PDT

  •  It's not just Fox (3+ / 0-)
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    I hear it everywhere - usually followed by a question mark, but it's out there: Is the President responsible for prices at the pump? The media knows it crap but they play anyway.

    The narrative on energy that the GOP tries to sell is mostly bullshit.  Romney (in his speech today in front of an oil well) said that President is preventing oil from coming into this country from Canada - "Keystone" was thrown in there - I can't quote it exactly.  I know the gist of it was that we could be swimming in natural resources if Keystone went through - except the truth is the oil isn't stopping in the US. It makes me crazy because it turns out the Democrats are actually the leaders in energy, just like they lead in foreign policy and education and healthcare - the narrative just won't change. Neither will the narrative that high prices are the Presidents fault and low ones mean a recession.

    Wow that was a rambler.

  •  Obama needs to come out... (1+ / 0-)
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    Question Authority

    and say:

    " I am thankful that the prices of gasoline have started to decline.  Americans need any relief they can get in these troubling times.  I cannot, however, take any credit for these price decreases in the same way that I should not have been held responsible for their increase.  It is a global market.  The price is set by global usage and the only way some countries have been able to keep their prices lower is because  state owns the gas pumps.  We, in America, believe in the free market and we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that the oil and gas companies have every resource available to meet the demands of a growing global demand."

    "Growing demands mean growing prices at the pump.  The difficulties our friends in Europe are having right now has had the opposite effect by lowering demand and therefore lowering the prices.  This is why during our economic decline in 2008, prices went from an all time high of $4.18 down to the oft quoted $1.84 per gallon at the the end of my predecessor's term in office.  The was near the low point of our economy and it shows that a decrease in demand is the only way to lower prices."

    "Rather than sink our economy or the world's economy to lower gas and oil prices, I have a better idea.  Let's decrease the demand of gas and oil by investing in new technologies.  Yes, some of the investments in solar technologies did not work out.  Neither did Thomas Edisons first few hundred light bulbs... but the point is; he kept trying.  We, as a country, as a people, as Americans are not quitters.  Doing things the way we have always done them is no longer a viable strategy.  We need to look forward.  We need to invest in the future.  We need the clean energy technologies of the future today.  Yes I signed off on the Keystone oil pipeline against most of my party faithful in an effort to bring as much oil to meet the demand as possible.  It doesn't matter if we do it or someother country... The oil will be brought forth and burned by somebody and whether it is here or somewhere else, it effects the same world.  But that is a short term solution to a long term problem.  We need solutions for tomorrow and we need them to be started today."

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Wed May 09, 2012 at 12:47:40 PM PDT

    •  Unfortunately, the bumper sticker crowd (2+ / 0-)
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      tuned out after the second sentence.   That's why the FN channel keeps the little ticker at the bottom of their broadcasts (so they can push out the bullet points to everyone with a short attention span)

      The Golden Rule isn't so golden if you don't bother polishing it with every soul you meet. (-6.5,-4.1)

      by minidriver on Wed May 09, 2012 at 01:17:39 PM PDT

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      •  I know... (0+ / 0-)

        but, in a world where logic actually was considered a desirable quality....

        I'll just go back to sleep and try to re-imagine what that world would be like.

        "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

        by Buckeye Nut Schell on Wed May 09, 2012 at 01:39:26 PM PDT

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  •  Notice (1+ / 0-)
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    how Stuart failed to point out that gas prices hit a historic high in 2008, before Obama became president, and only fell so low at the start of his term due to the global financial crisis.

    Providing important context like that requires integrity.

  •  Obama is POTUS (1+ / 0-)
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    that's why he is to blame........for everything bad.  Refrigerator broken?  Blame Obama.  The CD player won't eject your CD?  Blame Obama.  Your dog pees on the floor?  Blame Obama.  Of course, anything good that happens is ALWAYS attributable to somebody or something?  Stock market rising? Republicans sweeping 2010 midterms.  Auto bailout?  Mitt's idea.  Bin Laden dead?  Bush/Cheney's anti-terrorism policies.  And remember too, if Obama proposes something, it's bad, evil, totalitarian, etc. even if the Republicans supported it a nanosecond earlier.  The Republican/right-wing hatred of President Obama, his family, supporters, etc. is both unfathomable as it is omnipresent in everything they do and say.  

    •  Agree, but this is also setting a new standard. (0+ / 0-)

      I believe I know all the reasons behind their hatred of him.  However, the GOP and all it's minions are taking advantage of that to set the bar for noxious fuming rhetoric even higher from here on out.  Nothing short of a collective epiphany by the masses that the right-wing are lunatics (a threshold they've passed a long time ago) will change it.

      Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

      by Back In Blue on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:14:07 PM PDT

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  •  Ah yes, the old heads I win, (1+ / 0-)
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    tails you lose, argument. Who says Fox can't do comedy?

    STUART VARNEY: No, obviously not. And [Obama] has had nothing to do with bringing the gas price down the last few days. He's had everything to do with pushing the gas price up over the last three years.

    Fuck me! He made it. Will Scarlet

    by dagolfnut on Wed May 09, 2012 at 01:26:53 PM PDT

  •  Boehner Wouldn't Recognize a Common Sense Solution (0+ / 0-)

    if it was a pengin that bit him in the ass

    " In my first term, we repealed the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell" -- -- wait, though; in my second term, we will replace it with a policy known as, it's raining men." Barack Obama

    by wild hair on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:04:44 PM PDT

  •  stagnant prices would also bad... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and Obama's fault as well.

    Dare to win in 2012

    by snout on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:07:13 PM PDT

  •  Gee, what's that big drop in the graph? (0+ / 0-)

    OH that's when the economy collapsed, businesses were tanking, and the demand for gas went to the basement because of it, bringing its price way down. And if you follow the graph, as the economy and businesses get better, the demand for gas goes up - supply and demand, what used to be the Repub mantra.

    Except now they hate it.

    head explodes

    Romney 2012 - My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball. But tonight I say; We must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!

    by Fordmandalay on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:07:57 PM PDT

    •  Demand for gas "tanked" (0+ / 0-)

      because it was $5/gallon AND the economy was in freefall.

      Price-gouging, speculators, and allegations of "bottlenecked' production stemming from Big Oil cos not wanting to build additional refinery space, as, much like diamonds, keeping the supply choked helps keep the prices up.

      People can flame me, tell me their pet theory and whack their dicks on the table all day, blatant price-gouging is all I believe.

      If you;re gonna try to reason with me, I am proudly saying "don't bother".

      #occupywallstreet: Although I know the rhythm you'd prefer me dancing to, I'll turn my revolt into style.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:30:55 PM PDT

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  •  Falling gas prices ARE a success worth touting... (1+ / 0-)
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    by Mitt Romney!

  •  What a sad commentary on America. (0+ / 0-)

    The land of the Capitalism and the Free Market, but the vast majority of its citizens (including the taking-fucks on TV) don't have a clue how any of it works.  

    I think I finally get "Stupid is as stupid does."

    Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

    by Back In Blue on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:16:22 PM PDT

  •  So here is an interesting confluence (0+ / 0-)

    of events for this summer based on recent data:  Healthy manufacturing output/growth, big drop in unemployment claims (for week 1 of May), gas prices which could drop to $3.00, very strong consumer spending, low mortgage rates, the effective end of austerity in Europe following the French and Greek elections.  Could lead to higher growth and employment numbers this summer which would all but end the election in Obama's favor.

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:17:16 PM PDT

  •  Obama's responsible for gingivitis, prickly heat (0+ / 0-)

    and old age--in Republican Land. They want the White House back as well as the Senate and will use any means necessary to achieve that end. Then, 19th Century here we come!

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:18:06 PM PDT

  •  I would like one conservative to explain (1+ / 0-)
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    exactly what the government should do to force a private industry to lower their prices.

    And while we're at it, what other products should the government regulate prices on?

    Money doesn't talk it swears.

    by Coss on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:19:17 PM PDT

  •  Does Fox really matter anymore? (1+ / 0-)
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    Okay, obviously  this is just bullshit on their part, but it's all they have..contrived bullshit.

    But who is listening to them anymore?  A couple of million (maybe) thoroughly aggravated at everything senior citizens with nothing else to do but ignorantly bitch about the world and make sure they get to the early bird special?

    Their audience wouldn't vote for Obama if G-d Himself came down (or the GSM in the sky, if you believe) and told them vote for Obama or its down to Hell for you.

    I think they keep Shep Smith on to say the opposite just to wake the audience up.

  •  The Repuplicans, Mitch McConnell, "my job is to (2+ / 0-)
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    insure a failed Obama presidency".   We are waking up in America, and we don't smell roses.  There is a lingering stench of Republican politics.  (Hello Karl)

  •  FOX and Daily Kos are Different: Here's how (0+ / 0-)

    @ FOX - Obama can do nothing good.

    @Dkos - Obama can do nothing wrong.

    @ Fox, rising gas prices Bad.

    @ DKos - rising gas prices GOOD!

    @FOX - falling gas prices bad

    @ DKOS - falling gas prices bad.

    Only on falling gas prices do the 2 entities appear to agree.

    #occupywallstreet: Although I know the rhythm you'd prefer me dancing to, I'll turn my revolt into style.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:26:22 PM PDT

    •  Again, Politics Is Like Religion (0+ / 0-)

      Complete with the binary thinking, the demonization of everybody who doesn't believe what you believe, and the abundant hypocrisy which dictates that "if I do it, it's okay, if you do it, it's the end of the world".

      Feel free to replace "Clinton did it too" with "Bush did it too" as needed.

      I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

      by superscalar on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:34:43 PM PDT

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  •  Gas was $1.61/gal on Jan 14, 2008? (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't remember that at all.

  •  We need a Nixon-esque price freeze. (0+ / 0-)

    That would provide some entertainment-value.

  •  PoltiFact will rate GOP comment as "TRUE" (1+ / 0-)
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    Lily O Lady

    After all, the price of gasoline has doubled. That the reasons for the increase are outside of Obama's control and that the GOP is trying to blame Obama for higher prices is not important. IOKIYAR.

    Spring has sprung and Occupy is not to be found. The predictions have proved false. Game over.

    by DeanObama on Wed May 09, 2012 at 02:57:39 PM PDT

  •  This attack isn't working for the GOP. Jonathan.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..Capehart asks: Are Republicans running out of gas on fuel prices?

    Jonathan links to a Wall Street Journal article which notes:

    But here’s the problem. According to Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Republicans are in search of a solution to an improving problem. “Prices are already easing at U.S. gas stations. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fell to $3.907 on Thursday, down nearly 3 cents from a week ago, according to AAA,” the Journal reported. - emphasis added
    Weakening economy, not enough drilling, then it's the fault of an expanding economy.

    Yep Romney is the perfect republican candidate. The republicans do have a problem - they are the problem.

    Even the Wall Street Journal is tacitly reminding them of this imo

  •  First of all, instinct-driven people are (0+ / 0-)

    creatures of habit and creatures of habit do not like any change, if it's not one they initiate and if it means they have to adjust.

    Being creatures of habit actually explains a lot.  That's because their antagonisms and enthusiasms are also habits that they don't want to change.

    Sometimes it can't be helped.  Sometimes a charismatic person comes along and they just can't help "flipping" out of admiration and adulation.  That's what Republican political operatives have to be concerned about -- that popularity becomes impossible to ignore and the fickle fans flip.  This, IMHO, accounts for the recurrent effort to inoculate the fan base against the "celebrity" aspect of Obama.

    Anyway, habit accounts for all the old ads and themes being trotted out -- the runaway teen in N.J., the dog on top of the car and the steadfast opposition to Detroit. Perhaps the latter is also supposed to convey the message that Willard doesn't play favorites--he's an equal opportunity destroyer.

    What he's not likely to explain is why he doesn't like his name.

    Willard's mother says, "what an awful name" and his boss asks "what don't you understand about 'you're fired'?"

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Wed May 09, 2012 at 03:12:31 PM PDT

  •  Shorter: Everything's BO's fault and outrageous. (0+ / 0-)

    And it will all be wonderful and a credit for Thugs soon as they fool enough voters to elect Mr.1%.

    IOW, same ole Faux shit.

  •  Just perfect... (0+ / 0-)

    Heads I win, tails you lose.  Does it get any better than this?  Ha Ha

  •  I would like to see G-d open up and give the world (2+ / 0-)
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    DaDA Bum, joe wobblie

    manna from Heaven and say write in the sky

    "I support President Barack Obama"

    Then watch the Repub's implode.

    PLEASE Stop Mitt (the Pitts) Romney from stealing the Presidential Election!

    by laserhaas on Wed May 09, 2012 at 05:35:41 PM PDT

  •  Political wingnuttery also, no doubt, his fault... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure they'd say it was the president's fault that the Titanic crashed, if they thought they'd get votes out of it - assuming that the concept of political integrity just doesn't apply to some candidates, and it would appear as though it did not! Romneybot gets a free pass on everything, is it then?

  •  fox has a reputation to uphold (0+ / 0-)

    one of immorality and lies, but such a reputation nonetheless. i think most everyone who is not Republican knows fox is a sham. fox knows it too - these guys are PAID to do a job. give people money, they will say and/or do anything. mostly. and so with fox, it's just a job, make money by lying. pure capitalism

  •  why do they get away with that lie? (0+ / 0-)

    the one where the judge from the worst part of the economic collapse? I dont mean legally, how. I mean, How do these people sleep at night knowing how, well, rotten inside they are? They know they're lying, and we know they're lying.

    ...I just don't get it. I dont get why anyone would want to cause such strife...

    I bought a color TV to watch the first moon landing. It seemed like a good idea at the time...

    by kamrom on Thu May 10, 2012 at 08:01:55 PM PDT

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