Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Gas Prices

are falling. Here in Blacksburg they are down to $2.19 for regular.
Anyway, we have seen consumer confidence spike in the past week or so since the drop began. I have seen on report predicting gas below $2 before Thanksgiving.

This morning, Gallup has a new Bush approval rating at 44% and likely voters evenly favoring GOPs or dems for Congress.

I was just wondering if anyone thinks gas prices will have any impact on the elections. Personally, I think alot of the tightening in these Congressional ratings are due to the media machine starting to get cranked up and now people are actually starting to think about the election. I am not convinced if gas prices go down voters will give the GOP the benefit of that.
I don't see it being a big issue.

What does everyone else think?


  • At 9/19/2006 8:31 AM, Blogger SWAC Girl said…

    I agree with your assessment about gasoline prices not being the barometer of the upcoming election. The mainstream media have pounded endlessly on conservative/Republican candidates the past weeks and that, unfortunately, absolutely affects opinion polls.

    However, the non-ending negatives seem to be backfiring. People are tired of hearing the continuous Bush-bashing, America-bashing comments as if we do nothing right in this country!

    National security is the # 1 issue and, hopefully, voters will realize Republicans will continue to work hard to keep Americans safe. The Democrats are being taken over by the anti-war, anti-Bush hate-filled lefties and they have proven they will not keep up the public defense if they are elected into office.

    We are in a battle with the media as well as Democrats.

  • At 9/19/2006 4:48 PM, Anonymous brimur said…

    I think the "tightening" in some Congressional races (in quotes because this is not happening as broadly as you suggest) is because we are in the best possible time for endangered incumbents. This is when they can afford to be on the air and their less funded challengers cannot respond. Don't you worry, those races will UN-"tighten"

    As far as the Bush approval goes, glad you could pick out a one day blip to serve your ridiculous conclusion that things are turning towards the GOP. What makes it saddest is that you're in a spot where 44% WOULD BE GOOD NEWS...IF it were corroborated by another poll.

  • At 9/20/2006 6:33 AM, Blogger BDM said…

    There is a station in Woodbridge that has $2.14 a gallon for regular unleaded gas. If you look at Virginia, all the negative bashing does have an impact. People will get tired of it after awhile. As for the Bush approval rating, being President is not meant to be a popularity contest. Clinton lived and breathed by the polling numbers because he always wanted to be popular. Sometimes you got to be unpopular if you want to get things done.

  • At 9/20/2006 10:32 AM, Blogger corndog said…

    The Democrats' solution to high gas prices, if you'll remember, was to propose a TAX on oil companies. The 'pubbies said "let the market work".

    I cannot think of a more effective real-world refutation of a liberal tenet than the one we are currently witnessing in the price of gasoline.

    Since the Democrats' plan for the coming elections involves the extension of John Edwards' "two Americas" theme, via the bashing of Wal-Mart and a minimum wage hike, we shouldn't refrain from reminding them of what their cure was for high gas prices.

  • At 9/20/2006 10:34 AM, Blogger SouthwestBySoutheast said…

    Insider at HR Politics also talks about this as it applies to Kellam/Drake.

  • At 9/20/2006 11:24 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    brimur, most polls have shown us at a 10-12 point spread from congressional dems.
    Anything close to even is an improvement.
    We had about a 4 pt spread behind the dems in 2004 and we gained seats.

  • At 9/24/2006 3:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    it was as low as $2.05 on thursday in chesterfield county, i think it should drop under $2.00 before the first of oct


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