Friday, April 21, 2006
Al Gore's Documentary Set For Release as Dem's Ratchet Up the Heat on Repug's Over Astronomical Energy Costs
Hurry, wake the kids and Grandma! The Democrats seem to have found an issue they can unify around, and are making it their campaign mantra for the November midterms. They've apparently discovered that most Americans couldn't give a rat's tuchas about Social Security reform or abortion, and instead are getting angrier by by the nanosecond over $3+/gallon gas prices and the belief that the Iraq quagmire is a direct cause. Finally, voters are starting to connect the dots about the consequences of the war. And it couldn't come at a better time with the upcoming release of the new Al Gore book and documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," a cinematic indictment of mankind's assault on the environment.
Democratic candidates from coast-to-coast are refining their talking points on the gas prices issue, and are being coached by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on how to best connect with voters. A DCCC memo advises telling voters "Americans are tired of giving billion-dollar subsidies to energy companies and foreign countries while paying record prices at the pump." Many candidates, including Minnesota Senate hopeful Amy Klobuchar, are making skyrocketing fuel costs their central campaign issue.
The DCCC memo suggest holding a campaign speech at a gas station "where you call for a real commitment to bringing down gas prices and pledge that, as a member of Congress, you will fight for families in your district, not the oil and gas executives for which the Republican Congress has fought so hard."
Honestly? I think the Democrats truly have something here that's going to resonate with the average American whose wallet has been plundered by big business and the gas and oil industries, the latter of which has been given $15-billion in highly generous subsidies by the oil-loving Busheviks. The energy companies have been posting record earnings (Exxon Mobil's 2005 profit was an astounding $34-billion), and their CEO's have been raking in embarrassingly huge bucks. Well, Mr. and Mrs. Joe American are finally starting to get real pissed about having to shell out $60 to fill the tank while these fatcats get fatter. And they're starting to blame the Repugs, regardless of their party affiliation.
Voters are also angry over the war in Iraq and its effect on energy costs. A new Public Agenda non-partisan survey showed that 88% said problems abroad were endangering supplies and increasing prices. And this frustration is nowhere more evident than in Middle America, where driving longer distances is a fact of life, and where it's taking its toll on the Bushies and the GOP in a big way. A new Survey USA poll indicates that just four U.S. states--Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska and Idaho--remain solidly "red", or pro-Bush. And gas prices are single-handedly skewing Americans' views of the economy. A Washington Post/ABC News poll this week shows that 59% believe the economy is "not good" or "poor." So it's no longer just Democrats who are calling for Republicans' heads. There's an obvious revolt occurring among Bush's base, and the Democrats are smartly mobilizing around this key issue as a November rallying cry.
And just as all this intense, focused pressure mounts on the GOP, our pal Al Gore's gonna give the Dem's some serious wind at their backs late next month with the scheduled opening of his film. "An Inconvenient Truth," at times chilling, chronicles the former veep's career as he criss-crosses the country pounding the table over global warming, potentially one of the biggest issues facing future generations, and a subject for which he's been sounding the alarm for 30 years.
Many Democrats are still hopeful that Gore will use his leading position on the environment and his unassailable anti-war stand to eventually toss his hat into the 2008 presidential ring. Many believe he has a far better chance of winning than any other candidate likely to run. Want some interesting stats to bolster this claim? Gore won 51-million votes in 2000, more than any other Democrat candidate in history, more than any Republican except Ronald Reagan in 1984, and 500,000 more than George Bush. Just think of the numbers he could put up after eight dreadful years of Bush.