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Did you hear the one about Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and gas prices?


Okay, this is a real knee-slapper. Did you hear the one about Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and gas prices? Stop me if you've heard this before.

Here goes. Remember this?

Then it got even better, and it only took five measly seconds:

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Then last night, we got this utterly disrespectful, lying, steaming pile of Mitt:

Oh how we laughed at that. I did anyway, as I did in this post from March of this year: VIDEO + Chart: Once and for all, Pres. Obama does not set gas prices:

President Obama has increased oil production, more so than GW Bush ever did, and yet… the United States is consuming less, and prices are going up. Think Progress:

Even the Wall Street Journal and Cato Institute agree: “It’s not Obama’s fault that crude oil prices have increased.” [...]

1) oil prices are set on a global market and 2) the strategy of “Drill, Baby, Drill” adopted by the GOP and President Obama has succeeded at increasing production and decreasing dependency on foreign oil — but it has unsurprisingly failed at affecting global markets.

There's more at the link.

So my guess is that you're waiting for the punchline. Ready? Here it is:


Doonesbury: Blame Obama


Blame Garry Trudeau... for being brilliant. In case you missed it, Once and for all, Pres. Obama does not set gas prices.


President Obama fast-tracks federal wind, solar energy projects


Once and for all, President Obama does not set gas prices, so stop blaming him every time they rise, GOP (of course, when they fall, he gets no credit). But a president can certainly do everything he or she can to get this country weaned off of a finite source of dirty energy like oil or coal.

The Hill:

President Obama is fast-tracking seven federal wind and solar projects as the administration touts its energy policies amid GOP criticism over green investments and rising gas prices.

The projects in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming will produce 5,000 megawatts of power, enough to run 1.5 million homes, the White House said in a statement announcing the decision. [...]

On Monday, Interior and the Department of Defense inked a deal to integrate wind, solar and other green energy technologies with military bases to keep power running during disruptions to the commercial electric grid.

See how clean energy ties into national security? And breathing? And keeping us alive?

In addition to correcting the GOP for blaming the president for rising gas prices, I take pleasure in reporting the debunking of yet another Republican lie, Solyndra:

Republicans have also charged that Obama’s support for green energy often rewards prominent political donors. 

An extensive House GOP report into the administration’s loan guarantee for now-bankrupt firm Solyndra released last week, however, did not find specific evidence to back Republican claims that the Energy Department provided help to the solar panel maker as payback for campaign contributions.

Of course, the Republican message machine has already done its damage whether or not the record had been corrected, and that's just the way they want it.