Well this just makes sense.
As the midterms approach, Republicans in Congressional races are using rising fuel prices, taking an offensive approach against Democrats.
The cards are stacked against President Biden and his allies as they hit the campaign trail. The highest inflation in forty years and soaring gas prices that had taken effect before Russia invaded Ukraine have dampened their chances of maintaining their majorities.
But, the most recent price hike has given the GOP another campaign trail talking point: the Biden administration has caused a lack of energy independence that’s to blame for the prices experienced at the pump.
This maneuver is most evident in a National Republican Congressional Committee ad, released on Thursday and titled “Pain at the Pump.” The ad targets ten incumbent House Democrats, with NRCC chair Tom Emmer of Minnesota saying, “The blame for record-high gas prices lies solely at the feet of Joe Biden and House Democrats.”
The GOP has been blaming Biden and Democrats for surging gas prices for months, despite analysts attributing the increase to supply and demand issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But, as the national average for gas surpasses $4 a gallon, Republicans have homed in on the narrative that the Biden administration is to blame in hopes it will secure their victory in this year’s down-ballot elections.
Biden’s attempting to defend Democrats from the potentially-scathing GOP narrative, shifting blame to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Addressing House Democrats on Friday, Biden said, “Make no mistake, inflation’s largely the fault of Putin,” adding that he loves “Republicans saying it’s Biden’s gas pipeline, Biden’s said he’s going to stop the Keystone Pipeline” as the reason for skyrocketing prices.
But, Biden defended himself from this criticism, saying, “Folks, let’s get something straight here: the Keystone Pipeline was two years away and had been 2 percent finished.”
However, according to reliable data, the Keystone XL pipeline was 8% built when Biden revoked the permit as one of his first moves as President. The project was also expected for completion in 2023, a mere ten months away.