Thursday, April 27, 2006


Dana Milbank Pointing Out Wild Hypocrisy

Going a Short Way to Make a Point: "Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) responded with an economics lesson. 'Oil is worth what people pay for it,' he argued.
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) sounded the alarms. 'We are one accident or one terrorist attack away from oil at $100 a barrel!'
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) made a plea for conservation. 'We have to move quickly to increase our fuel efficiency,' she urged.
But not too quickly. After lunchtime votes, senators emerged from the Capitol for the drive across the street to their offices.
Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) hopped in a GMC Yukon (14 mpg). Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) climbed aboard a Nissan Pathfinder (15). Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) stepped into an eight-cylinder Ford Explorer (14). Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) disappeared into a Lincoln Town Car (17). Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) met up with an idling Chrysler minivan (18).
Next came Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), greeted by a Ford Explorer XLT. On the Senate floor Tuesday, Menendez had complained that Bush 'remains opposed to higher fuel-efficiency standards.'
Also waiting: three Suburbans, a Nissan Armada V8, two Cadillacs and a Lexus. The greenest senator was Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who was picked up by his hybrid Toyota Prius (60 mpg), at quadruple the fuel efficiency of his Indiana counterpart Evan Bayh (D), who was met by a Dodge Durango V8 (14).
As a political matter, Democrats clearly sense that they have the advantage on the high gas prices, judging from the number of speeches and news conferences. 'The cost of Republican corruption when it comes to energy is hitting home very clearly for America's middle class,' House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) exulted yesterday morning."

How is it that a reporter has never asked one of these people what they drive when they were on their glass high horse? I guess the reporters did not want to embarass them. God forbid.

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