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   Clinton presses congressional Dems on gas-tax holiday

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5/2/2008 2:00 pm

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Entered 5/2/2008, Updated 5/2/2008

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Posted May 2nd, 2008 at 8:30 am Share This | Spotlight | Permalink When Hillary Clinton first embraced John McCain’s idea for a temporary gas-tax holiday, I assumed she’d probably stumbled upon it by accident. Maybe, I thought, she was feeling a little desperate, and decided a little conservative pseudo-populism might be worth a point or two in Indiana. It never occurred to me Clinton would use the awful proposal as the basis for a week-long campaign, days before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries. And it really never occurred to me she’d use the bogus issue to triangulate against congressional Democrats. [snip] Wait, with us or against us? Isn’t that Bush’s line? Making matters slightly worse, the Clinton campaign acknowledged yesterday that every policy expert of every ideological stripe has described the McCain-Clinton idea as nonsense, but they don’t care. “There are times that a president will take a position that a broad support of quote-unquote experts agree with,” spokesperson Howard Wolfson said. “And there are times they will take a position that quote-unquote experts do not agree with.” Now policy experts aren’t to be taken seriously? What on earth has gotten into the Clinton campaign this week? In the with-us-or-against-us formulation, it’s particularly odd that Clinton insists opponents of her gas-tax idea “stand with the oil companies.” By all indications, she has it backwards.


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