FU­EL­ING DIS­CORD

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Oh, there’s plenty of blame to go around for ris­ing gas prices. But Pres­i­dent Obama and his ad­min­is­tra­tion bear the brunt of it, ac­cord­ing to a Pew Re­search Cen­ter/washington Post sur­vey re­leased Thurs­day that placed Mr. Obama and com­pany in the lead, with 18 per­cent of the votes. “Big oil” fol­lowed with 14 per­cent, “Iran and Mid­dle East un­rest” was in third place with 11 per­cent, and “the gov­ern­ment” next with 5 per­cent.

Then the list goes, well, crazy. The public also blames spec­u­la­tors, fol­lowed by con­sumers with gas guz­zlers, ris­ing de­mand in China and In­dia, for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, the econ­omy, OPEC, greed — the list goes on. And on. But most telling. A quar­ter of the re­spon­dents sim­ply don’t know who to blame, though they’re foot­ing the bill. this week­end, pin­ing for a share of the 413 del­e­gates now up for grabs in 10 state pri­maries. Much of the fo­cus is on Washington and Ohio, and events are pri­mar­ily of the high­vol­ume, town-hall va­ri­ety. Alaska fans of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas are in­sist­ing that he’s com­ing for a visit. Soon.

For­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich plans to rule Sun­day morn­ing. Seek­ing trac­tion and buzz, he will ap­pear on net­work morn­ing talk­ing shows on NBC, ABC and CBS. Mean­while, here’s the mas­ter plan for one and all:

Washington: For­mer Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney, for­mer Sen. Rick San­to­rum of Penn­syl­va­nia, Mr. Paul. Ge­or­gia: Mr. Gin­grich. Ohio: Mr. San­to­rum and Mr. Rom­ney (who in­ci­den­tally will ap­pear with New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie in Cleve­land).

Idaho: Mr. Paul.

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