I’ll Be Danged: L.A. Times Hypes Voter’s Observation That Obama Mentioned the Cost of Gas First — But Not the Fact that Obama’s Speech Came First
Today the Los Angeles Times runs a front-page Sunday-edition story based on interviews with a couple dozen women in Pennsylvania. Here’s a typical passage:
Even if they admire Palin’s attempt to juggle political ambition, an infant son with Down syndrome and a pregnant unwed daughter, these women say that maternal grit is not enough to win their votes.
Wow. Every last one of them says they won’t vote for Palin, huh? I’m sure that fairly reflects nationwide polling. Anyway, get this:
Waitress Judy Artice, “Miss Judy,” as she is known at Glisan’s roadside diner, declared Palin “the perfect candidate” after watching her Wednesday speech. That said, Artice had already decided that her vote would go to the first candidate who mentioned gasoline prices.
“And — I’ll be danged — it was Obama,” Artice, 46, said between servings of liver and onions during the lunch rush.
I’ll be danged!
I guess Obama cares about gas prices more than John McCain!
Or, just maybe, they both care, but Obama mentioned gas prices first because the Democrats had their convention first.
The article doesn’t mention that, of course.
But did John McCain even mention the price of gas in his speech? Let’s look:
We’re not going to allow that while you struggle to buy groceries, fill your gas tank, and make your mortgage payment. I’ve fought to get million-dollar checks out of our elections. I’ve fought lobbyists who stole from Indian tribes. I’ve fought crooked deals in the Pentagon. I’ve fought tobacco companies and trial lawyers, drug companies and union bosses.
She’s — she’s helped run a small business. She’s worked with her hands and knows — and knows what it’s like to worry about mortgage payments, and health care, and the cost of gasoline and groceries.
We must use all resources and develop all technologies necessary to rescue our economy from the damage caused by rising oil prices and restore the health of our planet.
There’s more about what to do about energy:
In America, we change things that need to be changed. Each generation makes its contribution to our greatness. The work that is ours to do is plainly before us; we don’t need to search for it.
We need to change the way government does almost everything: from the way we protect our security to the way we compete in the world economy; from the way we respond to disasters to the way we fuel our transportation network; from the way we train our workers to the way we educate our children.
MCCAIN: We’re going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don’t like us very much, and some of that money…
We’ll attack — we’ll attack the problem on every front. We’ll produce more energy at home. We will drill new wells off-shore, and we’ll drill them now. We’ll drill them now.
I’ll be danged.
Now: Obama did indeed also allude to the price of gas in his own acceptance speech, talking about “cars you can’t afford to drive” and outlining a plan to “finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.”
But it’s unfair for the L.A. Times to leave floating out there the implication that Obama has shown that he cares about the price of gas, and John McCain doesn’t.
The L.A. Times — unfair to a Republican?
I’ll be danged!
UPDATE: Commenter Karl notes that Obama spoke about high gas prices before the convention. He likes them!