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  •  I Think You're Dramatically Underestimating..... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....the pull of the 15% or so of voters whose vote is determined on their basest urges.  That's why Reagan's "are you better off now than you were four years ago?" was so effective.  If it costs Joe Sixpack $100 to fill his truck on the way to the polls on November 4, he is far less likely to reward the incumbent....and there are few better measurements of financial duress for the peasantry than higher gas prices.

    •  I think we're not talking reality (1+ / 0-)
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      $5 gas just isn't reasonable.  Will it be $4.20, yes, but that is a huge difference.  

      And $4.20 will be a temporary national average.  By election day the prices will fall for sure.  $5 just isn't reasonable, its like a 50% increase in gas prices.

      We're showing modest GDP growth with an annual average of $3.30-$3.40.  The highest prices are in already-decided states like AK, CA, HI, NY, IL, MI.

      •  Again, It Doesn't Have to Be $5 Even.... (0+ / 0-)

        ....if it's $4.50 or above, it's still going to be a millstone around Obama's neck of pretty epic proportions.  Now perhaps the Middle East will be contained and Eurozone and Chinese oil demand will be diminished enough to keep the speculators bearish and this won't play out, but I was Team Obama's reelection campaign I'd be counting on gas over $4.50 a gallon.

        •  Well they're not (0+ / 0-)

          $4.50 as a national average also won't be hit.  I'd be shocked if it got over $4.25 honestly, and that would be a peak for a week, not any serious length of time.

          $4.50 would still be a 35%+ increase from today's prices.

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