Monday, April 11, 2005

The Great Persuader

If only we had one. From the 2000 campaign trail:

Gov. George W. Bush of Texas said today that if he was president, he would bring down gasoline prices through sheer force of personality, by creating enough political good will with oil-producing nations that they would increase their supply of crude.

"I would work with our friends in OPEC to convince them to open up the spigot, to increase the supply," Mr. Bush, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, told reporters here today. "Use the capital that my administration will earn, with the Kuwaitis or the Saudis, and convince them to open up the spigot."

With all due respect to those Bush supporters who think their guy is (literally) God's gift to the U.S., I've never understood those who describe him as having so much charisma. I don't see it. If he does have it, then he sure as hell isn't using it right now. Of course, why should he risk offending his good friends in Saudi Arabia when he can slowly kill off Alaskan wildlife that doesn't vote?

In the meantime, it's probably good for the long term to have this site bookmarked.

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