Rep. Blackburn Blames Bill Clinton, ANWR For High Gas Prices

We've covered some of GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn's follies over the past couple of years, and she's given us plenty of chuckles. Blackburn is big on Republican talking points, light on facts, and guaranteed to make you want to throw your teevee out the window -- so I was happy to see her speaking on behalf of John McCain's campaign this afternoon.

During MSNBC's coverage of Barack Obama's economic speech today in North Carolina, Nora O'Donnell spoke with Blackburn about Obama's criticism of the disastrous Bush/McCain policies and on the topic of high gas prices, Marsha did what any good Republican would do -- Blame Bill Clinton:

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"...People are concerned about the economy and they're concerned about gas prices, and in '95 it was President Clinton who vetoed drilling in Anwar. If he had not done that, we would be seeing more gas in the pipeline right now. So this is an issue I think that's tailor made for John McCain."

Oy. Where to begin? The ANWR myth has been debunked, but Marsha wasn't about to let those pesky facts get in the way. Besides, it's much better to blame Bill Clinton than take responsibility for your own party's failures, right?


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