President Obama — who has, for reasons unknown, decided to make unbearably high gas prices a central plank in his campaign platform — is starting to feel the effects of his baffling campaign strategy in newly released poll numbers…
The potential political consequences are clear, with the rising public disapproval reversing some of the gains the president had made in hypothetical general-election matchups against possible Republican rivals for the White House. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) now both run about evenly with Obama. The findings come just five weeks after Obama appeared to be getting a boost from the improving economy.
Gas prices are a main culprit: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the situation at the pump, where rising prices have already hit hard. Just 26 percent approve of his work on the issue, his lowest rating in the poll. Most Americans say higher prices are already taking a toll on family finances, and nearly half say they think that prices will continue to rise, and stay high.
This whole thing just confuses me. Why not just make the gas prices lower?! He's the president. There's gotta be some kind of "Augmenting Gas Prices" form to fill out. He is just too lazy to do the paperwork? Or this maybe part of his plan to turn the country over to the Muslim atheists?
What I would do if I were him is lower gas to $2.49 a gallon. That'd take the wind of out Newt Gingrich's easily-deliverable $2.50 gallon campaign promise, I'll bet. Sure, it'd be one cent more difficult, but surely doable. I mean, this isn't rocket science.
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