The amazing disconnect again strikes me, reading the pre-coverage of President Obama's trip to Pennsylvania today to a windmill factory to decry high gas prices...uh huh...yes, I see the connection...his response to which is touting an energy policy under which, he said on video, "electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket".
To add to the confusion further, the same agenda will have the same impact on gas prices.
So which of the following is it? The guy has no grasp of that about which he speaks -- a hard sell given he used to say he's pushing this scheme because it worked in Spain; he no longer says look to Spain but still pushes it, so methinks someone somewhere in the operation knows some facts -- or he thinks the governed are fools. Maybe he just thinks the people schlepped out to attend these events are. Or don't care.
I don't know. But in an age where one rhetorical flub can be the end of a Republican's career, it is quite something that the guy gets a pass on such absurdities and pushing something he's openly admitted will have impacts which, when even alleged to be the result of the policies of a politician not protected by the media results in his being turned out of office, and for a constantly changing series of excuses no less (catastophic man-made global warming; no? jobs!, that's it; er, wait: 'energy of the future' [chuckle...it's a windmill!]).
Every one of these speeches is a rhetorical version of Gerald Ford falling down the steps. Imagine, say, Bush going to a cigarette factory to talk about the high cost of health insurance, at which he proposed a tax on doctor visits. Would he ever live that down?