Now I'm not being naive. It will be used anyway, so it is necessary to pin it on Republicans or else they'll pin it on us. The key, I think, is to pay attention to the details. People have to be aware that gas prices in the long run aren't just going to stay this high, they're going to be twice this high, eventually turning prohibitive. Democrats are unable to stop that. In fact, funds for alternative fuel research are likely to come from increased gasoline taxes.
What will hurt Dems is if every penny increase in the gas price is seen as a point against those in control, which Bill Clinton had to deal with when prices were $1.50 a gallon. The public has to gain a deeper understanding of the problem and, therefore, the solutions. Then they will know how to keep score. The public concern now is to our advantage because now they're listening. And they already know that war with the Middle East won't solve a goddamn thing.