With gas prices rising, it looks like there’s increasing pressure to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to alleviate some of the pain. Now, I’m no fan of $4-a-gallon gas, but is this a strategic emergency? No, it’s me being pissed that my commute got $10 more expensive this month. Hardly a national emergency. Isn’t this thing supposed to be used, you know, strategically?
Then again, it is indeed a strategic emergency from a political perspective. No matter what party is in the majority, if voters drive to the polls with cars burning gas that cost four bucks a gallon or more, that majority is going to get slaughtered.