American’s are “Mad As Hell” about prices at the pumps and the GOP is getting nervous.
As consumers feel pain at the pump, record high gas prices are registering as a political problem with congressional Republicans.
At a town hall meeting this week, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) wanted to talk about Social Security and Medicare, but the session quickly turned to gas prices.
When Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) toured a Veterans Affairs clinic Wednesday, the first question put to her was: “What are you going to do about the high price of gasoline?”
And a growing number of GOP officials worry that, as the party in power, Republicans will pay their own high price — at the ballot box. They are scrambling to find ways to respond.
“People are mad as hell,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.
When Congress returns from its month-long recess after Labor Day, gas prices will be among the top items on the agenda. The Senate is expected to hold a hearing examining the causes of the price increase and the corporate oil barons may be summoned to testify. Democrats have been spotlighting fuel prices and this has not played well for Republicans in the polls.
Polls show that the public blames politicians — after oil companies and foreign oilproducing countries — for the high prices. A Harris Poll released Wednesday found that Americans ranked gas prices among the top five issues for the government to address.
Angling for a way to quell the angst of economy weary consumers, Republicans have called on spinmeister, Frank Luntz. Luntz suggested that “Republicans should argue more effectively to the public that the recently passed energy bill would eventually bring down prices by increasing supply.”
“If Republicans explain that the legislation takes time to have an impact, they’re inoculated” from the political risk of sustained high prices, Luntz said. “The only way Democrats can get an advantage on gas prices is to show that their policies would bring them down. It is not enough to blame Republicans; you need a solution.”
Frankly, I think Americans are beyond believing this sort of rhetoric from Republicans… the pork laden Energy Bill only benefits the corporate oil and energy barons. Americans are hungery for some real solutions now… Bring on the Democrats with a real plan!