Face the Nation: Rice; Cantwell/Murkowski
Well, today's Sabbath Gasbag Productions are like dinner at a chinese restaurant: no matter what you order, you get Rice with it. I caught her appearance on "This Week With George S." since it comes on first, then the reiteration of the same babblement on "Face the Consequences" since that's my gig this week.
Today's magic word--the speaking of which causes a stuffed duck to fall from the ceiling and boink you in the head--is "Chapter 7 Resolution." Sec. Rice must have repeated that term at least a dozen times between the two shows I saw and never defined it even once. The only Chapter 7 I am familiar with has to do with bankruptcy. There may be some metaphoricalistic subliminal symbolicization going on here, Martha.
Oh, and in case you were thinking of making fun of me for making up new words, I quote Ms. Rice from about midway through here FTN appearance: "We need this Chapter 7 resolution so we can make compellance on the Iranians." So there. I was led astray into the realm of neologisming by Evil Companions.
On the other half of FTN, having dispensed with Iran and been assured that Everything Is Going Fine Or At Least Getting Better in that other "I" country in the area because they now have Politics and are going to get ministers, and that makes insurgencies go away, was about gas prices. [pause for breath after that godawful sentence].
Guests, Sens. Maria Cantwell (DINO, WA--not that the Dino-ing is doing her any good) and Lisa Murkowski (Blood-on-the-Snow Red-AK, who never met a drill she didn't love).
Murkowski played the Blame Carter & Clinton Card, which can be detected even in an otherwise unmarked deck by a phrase like "Our failed energy policies go back decades" without mentioning anything about the Last Six Years. This is usually tied to a prayerful invocation of Law of Supply and Demand, Congressional Inability To Do Anything About.
Oh, and she suggested checking the air in your tires. And even managed to gag out the word "carpooling" once, but they it was back to ANWAR, the East Gulf Shelf (that's Gulf of Mexico, aka the Oil Florida's West Coast Act. That Florida governor must be one o' them Evil Democratic America-Hating Islamofascist-Symp fellas cuz he's managed to block any mention of drilling in the East Gulf for quite some time now.)
Cantwell noted that drilling in ANWAR would, possibly, lower the price of gas by 1 cent a gallon, ten years from now. Then she went into some push for transparency in the oil trading markets which I'm sure is a good thing except that she didn't get enough chance to explain it and I never heard of it before so can't be of much help.
Maria had a nice phrase at the end of her spiel, after mentioning the Brazilian ethanol push, that we should "Lead not lag on new-tech energy." I see a campaign theme here, and bumper stickers.
Neither had anything good to say about that rumored "$100 rebate to consumers" that was floating around last week. In the words of another bumper sticker I saw one time, "It's dead, Jim. You grab his wallet and I'll get his tricorder."