For all their qualities, politicians and the government are reviled by the public for their inability to deliver on campaign promises. Newt Gingrich has held elected office for long enough to be very aware of this fact. So why would he promise that he would lower the price of gas to $2.50 a gallon? My answer: Newt must be truly desperate for attention (and primary delegates) after seeing his poll numbers and chance of winning the GOP presidential nomination decrease drastically within the last several weeks.
Gingrich claims he has a plan to develop America’s domestic energy sector to a point where the price of gas at the pump would drop to $2.50 a gallon. His plan includes increasing drilling, approving the Keystone pipeline deal, and eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency. This is a grandiose scheme by a man with a penchant for grandiosity. The plan itself is quite ambitious, but moreover, it ignores the globalized nature of the world economy. According to a 2009 study by the federal government’s Energy Information Administration, increased domestic (offshore) drilling would not provide the US with enough crude oil to significantly impact the global price of crude oil. Therefore, it would definitely not have enough of an impact to decrease the price of gas at the pump a dollar (or more) per gallon.
So, why would Newt Gingrich say something he has to know is (almost) impossible? Simply, he is desperate to get attention that is largely being paid to his competitors Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, both of whom are leading in the polls and delegate hunt to promote his GOP bid for the presidential nomination. Political rhetoric is one thing, but the claim that he could provide American citizens with gas at the price of $2.50 a gallon is ridiculous, and Gingrich has to know it. It is, in short, desperate.
So Newt, if you’re listening, here’s some unsolicited advice… If you’re clearly not going to win the nomination (and, let’s be honest, it’s clear you won’t), please just bow out gracefully because grandiose (and ridiculous) claims like this are among the reasons you haven’t fared well overall in the GOP primary.
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