When Gas Prices Rose, Conservatives Chastised Liberals. Now That Gas Prices Are Dropping ... Conservatives Are Chastising Liberals?
Over the past few days, one of the conservative radio talking points has been to lambaste liberals with regard to falling gasoline prices.
Sean Hannity the other day said that liberals and the media owe President Bush an apology for questioning his leadership when gas prices were on the rise, and should give Bush credit for the recent price drop -- about 22 cents/gallon on average over the past two weeks.
Meanwhile, radio clown Mark Levin ranted last night about how liberals don't understand the laws of supply and demand. Supply is up, he said, and prices have dropped. He then made fun of "Schmucky Schumer" (Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and demanded that Schumer apologize to the American people for questioning earlier this year whether Big Oil was artificially hiking prices.
I found this all very amusing.
It always amazes me when conservative talkers rant on about how un-American the left (and on occasion, parts of the right) is for asking questions. For example, Bill O'Reilly last year suggested that there's a fine line between dissent and treason, and offered that, conveniently, all the hosts at Air America Radio were guilty of the latter and should be arrested immediately.
But with regard to gasoline, the current ranting falls somewhere between amusing and amazing because its the polar opposite of the conservative talking points of five months ago -- when Schumer dared to ask the Federal Trade Commission to look into gas pricing.
Back in April, conservative columnist and Fox News Channel "All-Star" Charles Krauthammer wrote this to explain the sudden rise in gas prices:
KRAUTHAMMER: Demand is up. China has come from nowhere to pass Japan as the number No. 2 oil consumer in the world. China and India -- between them home to eight times the U.S. population -- are industrializing and gobbling huge amounts of energy.
Over the spring and summer, Americans heard a lot about the sudden and previously unnoticed mass demand from China and India. Why were gas prices skyrocketing toward $3/gallon? Demand from China and India was outpacing supply.
"The world has never faced a problem like this,'' Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) told Bloomberg News last month -- just before prices began to drop.
So what happened to all those Chinese and Indians? Did Ken Mehlman mail fliers asking them to all garage their cars until, say, the November election?
Even with gas prices dropping, the media keeps touting growing demand from India and China. Either the media has it wrong, or conservatives -- who aren't talking about India and China demand now -- used some misdirection this spring.
With misdirection, of course, conservatives can simultaneously chastise those who ask questions ... without providing any answers.