Gov. George W. Bush of Texas said today that if he was president, he would bring down gasoline prices through sheer force of personality, by creating enough political good will with oil-producing nations that they would increase their supply of crudeI guess his thoughts on political good will didn't included two wars in the region. Or perhaps it's that he has a peculiarly Texan way of sayin' "Howdy" the arabs don't like. Given that the price of crude just hit $50 a barrel maybe OPEC will cut us some slack if we elect the cold, less-personality-than-a-turnip Kerry as long as the wife stays home. If Teresa went on a 11 nation OPEC tour to promote more production we'd all be riding bicycles inside of a month.
Asked why the Clinton administration had not been able to use the power of personal persuasion, Mr. Bush said: "The fundamental question is, 'Will I be a successful president when it comes to foreign policy?' "Let's see. Jimo on the Vox Popoli blog quoted Otto von Bismark, "The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they'll sleep at night." In that same vein, Mr. President, I'll sleep better not thinking about the answer to that question.