Krugman wins today with his take on what's wrong with GOP'08. They're playing dumb.
That's not news, but it's nice for someone to point it out.
He addresses the GOP take on more drilling and the bill of goods America seems to be buying that the moment we stick a pipe in the ocean, we'll be back to 99 cent/gallon gas:
What about the experts at the Department of Energy who say that it would take years before offshore drilling would yield any oil at all, and that even then the effect on prices at the pump would be “insignificant”? Presumably they’re just a bunch of wimps, probably Democrats. And the Democrats, as Representative Michele Bachmann assures us, “want Americans to move to the urban core, live in tenements, take light rail to their government jobs.”I must be the kind of evil lib ruining America because I read that statement as 100% good, if you note that "tenement," while having a modern, negative connotation, just means apartment. Urban core! Light rail! Government job! You say it like it's a bad thing.
As Samir Nagheenanajar said, it would be nice to have that kind of job security.
By the way, Americans seem to be wanting their urban core back. And they're paying a premium for it.
Of course, it didn't take this cycle or the drilling issue to highlight the GOP's love of the innane. Check out the President. Even if you subscribe to the fallacy that an Harvard pedigree is an indicator of intelligence, you should recognize that Bush has made looking wide-eyed and stupid his go-to public relations strategy.
Compare his M.O. with the Chinese president's call to honor science and eschew illiteracy. I'm not saying he's a role model either, but we're totally with stupid, y'all.