How can you tell which politicians are running for office? Easy: they're the ones who support a halt in the filling of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve!
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain are all on board. Clinton and McCain are also calling for a summer-time gas-tax "holiday" to save cash-strapped motorists a few cents per gallon--for a little while.
Never mind that serious energy policy experiments consider the gas-tax holiday a gimmick that would be counter-productive by increasing motorists' incentive to drive at a time when the opposite signal is needed.
President Bush noted in his news conferenceyesterday that halting the filling of SPR would have only a tiny impact on worldwide demand, and thus only a tiny effect on prices.
But candidates feel the need to react to public discontent, even if their reactions are of dubious value.
That's especially true at a time when candidates are scrapping for the support of working class voters, as Clinton and Obama are doing right now in Indiana and North Carolina.