I'm genuinely surprised how poorly the republican party seems to be handling the threat of a fuel shortage. Bush's misguided and slightly weird exhortation that citizens should voluntarily hold off on unnecessary travel, even while he wants the federal government to relax environmental standards has been criticized by many corners in ways better than I can do.
But this news out of my home state is particularly stupid:
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of Georgia children got a break from classes Monday after Gov. Sonny Perdue asked schools to close for two days as a hedge against possible fuel shortages, leaving many parents struggling to arrange child care.
The shortages that Perdue feared never materialized, largely because Hurricane Rita proved less damaging to Gulf Coast refineries than initially expected.
Wow, the response to that writes itself:
Democrats, including state party Chairman Bobby Kahn, criticized the move.
"The first thing he decided to do was close schools," Kahn said. "That shows something about his views on education and his priorities."
Quite right, Mr. Chairman. Sounds like a good republican campaign slogan for the '06 elections: "Vote republican -- ensure that your kids' education is less important than keeping gas prices only moderately high."