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GOPs Coordinated Assault on Gas Prices Has Dems Anxious, Worried, Playing Defense

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GOPs Coordinated Assault on Gas Prices Has Dems Anxious, Worried, Playing Defense

Congressman John Boehner
March 5, 2012

Republicans kept up the drumbeat on gas prices yesterday, with the White House playing defense as the president tried to use a speech to shift attention away from his failure to keep gas prices in check: 
Republicans, who launched a coordinated assault on the administration over gas prices earlier this week, kept up the drumbeat on Thursday.  American families and small businesses continue to struggle, and they’re especially feeling the impact of rising gas prices, which have doubled under President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters in his weekly briefing.  In the other chamber, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) took to the floor to make the GOP case in the wake of Obama’s speech.  It’s clear that the president is defensive on this issue, said Barrasso, who also blamed Obama for a doubling of gas prices. (The Huffington Post, 3/1/12)

The president’s defensive posture has been amplified by members of his administration and his party, who areworried and growing anxious about the pain at the pump.  Democrats are rattled, and it shows from the decidedly uncoordinated way theyve been handling this issue:

Democrats do seem to be united on the point that they are on the defensive here.  On Tuesday, No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer (D-MD) conceded to reporters that hes concerned about the impact it has on the administration.  His counterpart in the Senate, Dick Durbin, told a local Chicago outlet that no question theres a linkage between skyrocketing gas prices and opinions of the president’s leadership.  

All week, Republicans have hammered the White House on energy and the offensive continues this weekend with Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, delivering the Weekly Republican Address on gas prices and job creation.  The Bellingham Herald notes that Hastings will talk about GOP efforts to increase energy production and criticize Democrats for policies that have contributed to higher gas prices.  

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