A View From The Handbasket

Thursday, April 27, 2006
Instant Karma
Posted by neros_fiddle at 5:03 PM

Today's Washington Post reports:

Anger over gas prices is gaining traction in many midterm races around the nation as Democrats attack Republicans for being too close to oil companies. With many in the GOP growing uneasy, President Bush this week called for price-fixing investigations. Political analysts say the rising prices could dovetail with growing public concern over the war in Iraq to give Democrats an opening in several key races.

The connections that we make among disparate events are often confusing and random, with the deeper meaning not immediately apparent. When I read that paragraph, I thought of Michael Moore's infamous Oscar acceptance speech from 2003:

I have invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us, and we would like to - they're here in solidarity with me because we like non-fiction.

We like non-fiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons.

Whether it's the fiction of duct tape or fiction of orange alerts we are against this war, Mr Bush. Shame on you, Mr Bush, shame on you.

It's a sign that the universe indeed has a nasty but healthy sense of humor that while all the strenuous efforts of the so-called "Reality-Based Community" to discredit the fictitious President and his fantasy-based agenda using facts and reasoned analysis have met with at best mixed success, the Republican majority in Congress may hinge on an issue that is... fictitious.

The government can't put the genie of high gas prices back in the bottle. Democrats will have no better luck than Republicans. You can't legislate away the growing demand from China and India combined with a global production peak. Congress and the President are along for the ride on this, just like the rest of us.

But if high gas prices prove to be the undoing of the Republicans, there's a certain pleasing symmetry in it. They will leave power much as they gained it -- in a noxious cloud of obfuscation and misdirected popular angst.

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