Bush and the Power of Persuasion

This is a classic article from the NYTimes.com about how candidate George W. Bush would lower gasoline costs!

Article referenced in DaringFireball: Political Capital

From NYTimes.com: THE 2000 CAMPAIGN: THE TEXAS GOVERNOR; Bush Would Use Power of Persuasion to Raise Oil Supply

Gov. George W. Bush of Texas said today that if he was
president, he would bring down gasoline prices through sheer force of
personality, by creating enough political good will with oil-producing
nations that they would increase their supply of crude.

”I would work with our friends in OPEC to convince them to open up the
spigot, to increase the supply,” Mr. Bush, the presumptive Republican
candidate for president, told reporters here today. ”Use the capital
that my administration will earn, with the Kuwaitis or the Saudis, and
convince them to open up the spigot.”

Well, the Saudis clarified today, the amount of political capital that George W. Bush has built up.  Zero, Nada, Zippo!

Asked why the Clinton administration had not been able to
use the power of personal persuasion, Mr. Bush said: ”The fundamental
question is, ‘Will I be a successful president when it comes to foreign
policy?’ ”

He went on to suggest, as he did in answer to other questions, that voters should simply trust him.

”I will be,” he said in answer to his own question about whether he
would be a successful president. ”But until I’m the president, it’s
going to be hard for me to verify that I think I’ll be more effective.”

Trust him.  Aaaaaaaaaah!

Mr. Bush dismissed Mr. Lehane’s comments, saying, ”It’s
frankly the type of politics people in America are sick of, this kind
of finger pointing, calling names and trying to divert attention.”

Well, we’ve had 8 years of finger pointing, calling names, and trying to divert attention.  And yes, we’re still sick of it.

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