Michele Bachmann's latest sound bite is a doozy: not only has she taken to blaming President Obama for gas prices, but she's promising that if she's elected president, the country will see gas prices below $2 a gallon again.
"Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again," Bachmann said Tuesday in South Carolina. "That will happen."
"The day the president became president, gasoline was $1.79 a gallon," she noted. "Look what it is today."
Far be it for me to talk down the time-honored tradition of making wild, nearly-impossible to fulfill promises on the campaign trail, but Bachmann has nearly no idea what the hell she's talking about.
First of all, oil prices at the pump are tied to the global crude-oil market, and effecting change in that system is a goal more or less beyond the reach of even the most crazy-eyed president.
Secondly, citing virtually any economic figures from around the time President Obama took office is a bit misleading, since the country was in what Tom Kloza, the chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, called "the 4th inning of the greatest recession of our lifetime."
But you know what? I like this approach. Gas prices are a virtually sure-fire way to get Americans pissed off and cheering, and making broad, wildly uninformed statements seems to be the theme of the campaign season already, so let's run with it. Tim Pawlenty already promised to mow our lawns during the course of the Iowa debate, and he's not even in the race anymore. Let's see if we can get Rick Perry to promise to personally buy every American a ten-gallon hat, and the battle will be joined!