We've known for some time that two-time loser and unemployed Democrat Dan Seals, who is running once again in Illinois' 10th Congressional District, has some kind of strange obsession with gasoline.
A couple years ago, pre-recession, when gas prices were spiking in excess of $4.00 a gallon, Dan Seals wanted us to believe that it was all Congressman Mark Kirk's fault. To illustrate that point, Seals engineered a poorly planned and executed gas giveaway (technically, a price-roll back to the time when Mark Kirk first entered Congress, I believe) that succeeded in doing little more than earning him the derision of the media, annoyed would-be gas-getters (Seals didn't publicize that he planned to give free gas only to the first 50 customers at a Lincolnshire gas station), and really ticked off Lincolnshire police and area lunch-time commuters.
Yes, yes, all Kirk's fault, Seals said. He's to blame for high gas prices with his support of loopholes for companies like Enron (remember them?) Well, Seals was the one who ended up with egg on his face, and given that it was a fairly tight race, who's to say that the bad publicity he got over the gas stunt didn't cost him the election.
Only a short time later, when gas prices plummeted as the recession took hold, I was convinced that Seals, being the fair guy he is, would then credit Congressman Kirk (who, of course, was still our Congressman) with reducing gas prices. Alas, it was not to be.
More recently, it appears that Seals has been guzzling a lot of gas for his daily commute to the 10th District from his home in the 9th District, even though it's only a couple of blocks. But I digress.
Today's point is that under President Barack Obama's failed economic policies, gas prices have risen by around a dollar a gallon. Just to remind y'all, the national average for gas when Obama took office was around a buck-eighty.
So, why isn't Dan Seals loudly blaming Barack Obama for a 50% increase in the cost of gas since he took office? What's Seals' plan to bring rising gas prices under control?
Maybe he just plans to give away more gas out of his campaign fund. Or maybe Bob Dold could try the same stunt, if it wasn't of questionable legality.