Much of elite media doesn’t worry much about gas prices. Their incomes are high enough to offset $80 fill-ups, and they roll their eyes but don’t have to change their lifestyles when costs spike as they do.
Go and look at the chart of high and low gas prices today in Los Angeles from www.losangelesgasprices.com. This isn’t the “average price of gas,” it is the reality of people driving to work or stuck in traffic on the 10, the 60, the 5 or the 405, churning through the week’s budget, and when they pull into the Shell at Olympic and Fairfax, and see $4.93 a gallon, they aren’t going to head out and drive around looking for a Costco pump because that too will cost money.
This is the reality of Obama’s energy policy, of Keystone XL and the Gulf spill fiasco and the shut-down of exploration across the country.
If it was President Bush in the Oval Office, we would have nothing but story after story on the misery these pump prices bring with them and their direct connection to President Bush, but the general media indifference to the story won’t cloak the impact on voters.
This is the Obama Economy, and all the applause over 8.3% unemployment, or even 8% unemployment will not persuade people this is the best the country can do, or even remotely close to it. Bob Gibbs can filibuster on the Sunday shows about “no magic bullets,” but the cost if gas is the consequence of the president’s anti-production policies, and keystone is the poster for that extremist ideology that has animated the president’s team from day one of his tenure.