- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 19, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally has lashed out at President Bush for rescinding the executive order prohibiting oil exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf. She called the president “a total failure” (“Pelosi calls Bush ‘a total failure,’” Washington in 5 minutes, Nation, Friday).

After watching oil prices drop for three days following the announcement by the president, the speaker is feeling the heat from the American people. It’s a sure sign that the letters, e-mails and phone calls are blaming her and the Democrats for continuing to deny the American people the resources that belong to them. She’s trying to satisfy the disciples of Al Gore while fending off the stockholders in American advancement and greatness.

It is dawning on her that when the people in New England - wearing heavy sweaters - get their heating-oil bills, their cold hands in the voting booth will determine the Democrats’ fate. This assumes they can afford the gas to get to the polling station. Making Americans poorer is a losing proposition for both the speaker and Sen. Barack Obama.

JOSEPH R. FARRELL

Alexandria

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