Morning Examiner: The Obama gas premium 

Paying at the pump: As yesterday’s Washington Post poll showed, the American people are not happy with the direction of the country and rising gas prices are a big reason why. Usually the left can deflect blame for high gas prices by saying that even if we opened up our natural resources for production, it would take years before those supplies could bring down prices. Not this time. The Wall Street Journal reports today that President Obama’s Gulf oil drilling bans have cut domestic oil production by 1.55 million barrels a day. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration that translates to a 13% drop in U.S. offshore oil production. That is a steep drop in domestic oil supply directly attributable to the current occupant of the White House. Politicians from both parties are hitting Obama on the issue.

Tonal failure: It is clear the White House has come to the conclusion they overplayed their hand with last Wednesday’s transparently partisan speech on the debt. Many outlets picked up on the change in tone at yesterday’s even in Annandale, Virginia, where Obama spent less time attacking Paul Ryan and more time talking up his own outline. Unfortunately for Obama, the news of the day turned out to be his combative interview with a local Texas anchorman about the size of his 2008 loss in that state. Things did not get any better for the White House when GOP congressional leaders named just two representatives, instead of the requested eight, for VP Joe Biden’s new debt commission. If anything, momentum against Obama’s debt policies are growing with Democrats eagerly signing on to eliminate his Medicare rationing Independent Payment Advisory Boards altogether.

2012 round up: A new PPP poll shows Mike Huckabee is the front runner in Iowa, beating Mitt Romney 27%-16% … Michele Bachmann told the AP she is in talks on a book deal … Newt Gingrich raised only $53,000 in the first quarter … that Tim Pawlenty staffer arrested for public intoxication has resigned.

Righty playbook:

  • The Corner‘s Robert Costa interviews Michele Bachmann.
  • RedState‘s LaborUnionReports notes that one year’s worth of union dues could support 265,447 U.S. workers for a year.
  • Hot Air‘s Ed Morrissey catches Obama fibbing about the 2007 Minnesota bridge collapse.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy‘s David Koppel makes the case that Obama’s war in Libya is “not wholly legal.”

Lefty playbook:

  • Typical of most progressive blogs, Daily Kos‘ Meteor Blades laughs off Monday’s S&P debt outlook change and calls it part of “the drive to cut social spending.”
  • The Huffington Post‘s top story blares “White House Deficit Talks Coming Apart At The Seams” citing the appointments of just Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ari.) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Vir.) to VP Joe Biden’s deficit panel.
  • Firedoglake‘s David Dayen looks at the transcript from Obama’s Annandale, Virginia event and confirms that the only change to Social Security that Obama is considering is a hike in Social Security payroll taxes.
  • Think Progress Koch attack dog Lee Fang has some kind words for Tim Pawlenty’s willingness to prosecute Wall Street criminally.

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