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The Latest Romneyism: Don’t Blame Obama for High Gas Prices; Updated: 77% Say High Gas Prices Will Be a Big Factor

If Romney wins the nomination, Republicans will have no standing to go after Obama over ObamaCare and the unpopular individual mandate contained therein, and thus will go into the fall general election battle with one arm tied behind their backs.  But at least we can go after Obama for the high gasoline prices which are the direct result of his asinine, nay suicidal, energy policies, right?  Er…wrong.  Via Tina Korbe at Hot Air:

Yesterday, Mitt Romney said he’s “not going to say outrageous things about the president.” Trouble with that statement is that “outrageous” is a pretty subjective adjective. Outrageous to whom? Apparently, Romney meant to say he’s not going to say anything about the president that would outrage the left — because he doesn’t seem to be afraid to say something about the president that would outrage the right. In fact, he did just that earlier today, when he essentially said the president shouldn’t be held responsible for the high price of gas.

“I think people recognize that the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump,” Romney said in an interview on CNBC.

Oh, Romney, you’re right technically — but don’t you realize that precisely setting the price at the pump is also precisely what Obama longs to do? He wants to set the price of gas not so as to alleviate the burden on American consumers but so as to make his favored forms of energy more economically appealing to them.


That’s the trouble with Romney’s pledge: If he’s unwilling to unmask the president for who and what he is, he doesn’t stand a chance in November. Nobody is asking him to take cheap shots: We’re just asking him to not give the president the benefit of the doubt when the president’s purposes are pretty clear.

Ok, so now we have to fight Obama with both arms tied behind our backs.  The moment Mitt brings up high gas prices in the general election, all Obama has to do is quote Romney’s own words back to him, just as he’ll do if Mitt brings up ObamaCare. Fantastic. Exit question: Is this more evidence of Romney’s electability?

Update: Via CBS Minnesota:

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It might be one of the biggest issues in the upcoming presidential election. Last night, CBS News exit polls found 77 percent of those voting in seven Super Tuesday states say rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote.

The poll reflects growing consumer anxiety as gas prices have risen nearly 50 cents a gallon in just over two months.

Consumers have been telling us they are cutting corners because for most driving is a necessity.

In Minnesota the average price is $3.58. The current national average for a gallon of regular is $3.76, but some analysts are predicting that gas could rise to $5 by the summer.

77% of those polled believe high gasoline prices will be an important factor in their vote. Too bad one of Romney’s army of paid campaign consultants didn’t break this apparently surprising news to the Mittster before he uttered his latest Romneyism and effectively removed the issue from the table.


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  • Suki Pero


    • Hyman Roth

      Romney 2012 – Because playing footsie with the Left can’t possibly miss

  • section9


    This guy can’t get beaten BAD enough by Obama.

    There’s a picture in the Oxford English Dictionary next to the definition of the phrase "Man in Clown Shoes". It’s Mitt Romney.

  • friskyness

    Romney will be worse than McCain.  I don’t understand the GOP in afraid of making the left mad!  Why? The left isn’t afraid of making the right mad!   Get a pair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lennart Bilén

    What do you expect from the man that invented Romneycare, the template for Obamacare and was proud of it and defended it until he discovered that most people was against it, in which case he too was against Obamacare.

  • Nancy6

    He didn’t blame Bush did he?

    • indemind

      Nancy…That might have crossed  his mind ….. Daaaa!


  • wpmwindsong

    Come on gang.  While Romney will have problems beating Obama, especially related to RomneyCare, this statement on energy from the CNBC interview is what is known as taking things way out of context.   We’re better than that.  

    Check the actual question and quote at about minute 3:30 with follow up discussion.  Make your own judgement.   Also, Sarah would not be describing Mitt in such pejorative terms as C4Per’s are doing here.  

    • DougBrady

      So I take it you don’t think Obama will use this in the campaign?

      • wpmwindsong


    • smmtheory

       Ain’t it weird how Sarah wouldn’t have said something that could have been taken so far out of context regarding "Dear Leader" on how he’s doing his darnedest to make sure gas prices cripple ordinary folk.

  • ToddPA

    This man is an idiot.

  • Right_Wingnut

    How many issues are off the table now if Mitt is the nominee? 


    -Energy independence

    -Cap and trade


    -Crony capitalism

    -Job creation (Mass. was 47th in the nation under Mitt) 

    -Handouts (Mitt gave free cars to welfare recipients. If you don’t believe me, Google it)

    Am I missing any?

    • indemind

      Ethanol Subsidies…

    • Right_Wingnut

      Minimum wage

  • Right_Wingnut

    Romney Gave Free Cars To Welfare Recipients As Governor

    ….In 2006, Romney started a program to provide welfare recipients without access to public transportation with free cars. The idea was to provide them with a way to get to work so they could eventually get off welfare.

    The cars were donated by charities, while Massachusetts taxpayers funded — as the Boston Herald reported in 2009 — “repairs, registration, insurance, excise tax, the title and AAA membership for one year.”

    Romney’s Department of Transitional Assistance started the program, officially called “Transportation Support,” and nicknamed “Welfare Wheels” by the Boston Herald…..

  • HuntingMoose


    I am starting to wonder, is Romney a democratic plant to prevent defeat of Obama?

    • AyePatriot

      More likely a government plant. The GOP is aiding and abetting the downfall of the nation.

      To them it’s a game. Sometimes you’re on offense, sometimes defense, but either way you still get to play the crony-capitalist game enriching yourself.


  • HuntingMoose

    The only silverlining I can see is that in 2016 we will have a third party.

    Obama will be defeated, there are too many people very very angry and afraid and will go to vote against him.

    But Romney will be a failure although the train to disaster will now just roll a bit slower without Obama’s feet on the accelerator.

    4 years will be enough to build a 3rd party that will be fueled with people are done with both the dems as the republicans.

  • TEXs

    Mitt Romney is directly and willingly helping Obama.
    Why is he doing it?

    Is he that stupid?I don’t think so.

    Energy is Sarah Palin’s constant concern,great priority in restoring America’s economic might,
    which will strengthen the national security.

    I believe that Romney would rather agree with Obama than  Gov. Palin.
    Judas Iscariot is trying to undermine Governor Palin Ace winning subject.

    The back stabbing coward is Willard the Quisling.

  • virginiagentleman1

    This a$$ can’t seem to stop shooting himself in the foot! And he wants to be president? No thank you. 

  • Randall Pickard

    The average American blames the President for high gas prices.  They did it with Bush, and they will do it with Obama.  Mitt doesn’t mind running classless, exaggerated, out of context ad against his Republican opponents. 

    In fact, given how inherently weak this guy is personally as a candidate, the only reason he is ahead is because of the millions he has spent on negative ads against his Republican opponents, and he is not willing to lay a glove on the guy who is willingly taking our country down?  This just makes me sick. 

  • David Reyes

    Mitt please quit embarrising the party isnt that what you wouldnt do?

  • WVBobcat75

    So is Steve Schmidt running Romney’s campaign too?  Or is it just the standard GOPe dopey strategy? 

  • nkthgreek

    That man gives me gas.

    • socon

      ewww.     lol

  • RedDaveR

    One more reason why this man should not be the nominee. The only ones in the GOP who should be happy with this comment are the Jeb 2016 Committee.

    • Carolyn Dixon

       jeb will never be the nominee because of his last name.

      • socon

        That and the fact he’s a huge RINO!

  • stlouisix

    Mitt Romney is a complete unadulterated jackass who would be just going through the motions in can’t waiting to lose to Obama soon enough.  He’s a JUDAS, just like the GOPE RINO frauds that have foisted him upon the party, and the country.

    You know what, we don’t have to take this pure unmitigated rot from Romney, any more than we have to from Obama.

    We’re going to get rid of them all, Romney first, than Obama, and then the GOPE fraud enablers of Obama who can’t be sent packing soon enough.

    It will be a cold day in hell before I let the likes of this buffoon put the lives of my children and grandchildren at risk of enslavery by the communist in the WH.  And that kind of righteous indignation is called for on the part of REAL conservatives who are not going to sit idly by and watch Romney throw the future of our loved ones in the trash!

  • PCR1

    Takeaway his own dubious money and that of his rich Wall Street buddies, and Mitt Romney is 
    an intellectual mediocrity, and an unscrupulous political hack. 

    If he is the nominee, God help us in November.

    I cannot see him winning without Sarah as VP, and then he will stil be a burden to the ticket, just as

    McCain and his shiftless campaign gang had been.

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