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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Re: Gas Tax Relief—It’s the New Green Collar Jobs!

posted by on April 29 at 13:43 PM

As Annie’s well aware, it’s pretty hard for us news staffers to Slog on Mondays and Tuesdays—and I’m in my first week of a new job—so I haven’t had a chance to write anything here about Hillary’s proposal for a gas-tax holiday, which mimics John McCain’s equally dumb proposal.

Since I won’t have any time to write much until after the paper goes out this evening, let this post on my personal blog serve as the record: I think Hillary’s proposal is dumb and shortsighted and bad—just like McCain’s.

So, you know—no need to “say it for” me. I already said it myself.

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Tell Dominic I said hi.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 29, 2008 1:47 PM


Posted by uh oh! | April 29, 2008 1:48 PM

Yet you had time to write about this vital issue.

What's your new job?

Posted by elenchos | April 29, 2008 1:52 PM


Posted by Mr. Poe | April 29, 2008 1:55 PM

Yep. Hillary's plan is less dumb than McCain's (and Obama's, for that matter), but it's still pretty dumb.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 29, 2008 2:01 PM


Posted by laterite | April 29, 2008 2:06 PM

wow. that's amazing. i was just reading about this, and my first thought was "i bet ECB is PISSED."

nice work showing that you are the typical blind enthusiast that too many people are.

Posted by konstantconsumer | April 29, 2008 2:09 PM

Wow.. Critical of Hillary... Don't let some big promotion start making you all ethical and stuff... Congrats if that means I missed some announcement about you being the new Josh Feit!

Posted by Clint | April 29, 2008 2:17 PM


Posted by Porkchop Sandwiches! | April 29, 2008 2:20 PM

@3: That post was obviously not time-consuming, whereas a proper response to this would be. We all know you're smart, elenchos, perhaps you could use some of that overflowing common sense to think before posting yet another snide comment at ECB's expense.

Posted by Aislinn | April 29, 2008 2:22 PM

It's politicians like her that give pandering a bad name.

Posted by Toe Tag | April 29, 2008 2:30 PM

I'm going to go blog about this blog fight on my blog.

Posted by Burgin99 | April 29, 2008 2:41 PM

She the new editor - Josh's old job. Old news.

Gas tax holiday - super stupid.

Posted by McG | April 29, 2008 2:42 PM

So, you know—no need to “say it for” me. I already said it myself.
Wow, and here I thought I was going to read an entire ECB post without any passive aggressive bs.

Posted by torrentprime | April 29, 2008 2:47 PM

Yet last Tuesday you managed to attack the New Republic for its unflattering depiction of Hillary on its cover.

When you want to defend Hillary you find time to post to the slog. When Hillary does something "loopy" you include a one sentence footnote in a related post in a blog that doesn't get nearly the same public attention as the slog.

Sounds fair and balanced to me.

Posted by Queegmire | April 29, 2008 2:51 PM

In case you try to claim this is just some cheap throw-off pander that she intends to forget about, I'd like to point out that she's now touting it in a campaign ad, and bashing Obama for not supporting it.


Posted by youknowitstrue | April 29, 2008 2:54 PM


Yeah, the easily-offended feminist stuff writes itself, doesn't it? Whereas pandering this blatant will take days to spin properly. I'm sorry if you think I'm mean, but from where I sit I see a cynical attempt to ignore serious policy issues while trying to distract attention with bullshit. So don't try to get me to feel sorry for someone who operates that way.

Posted by elenchos | April 29, 2008 3:21 PM

Hillary is a conservative and any liberal who votes for her is a fucking idiot.

Posted by Andrew | April 29, 2008 3:30 PM

@10: do you ever take a day off from being a know-it-all cunt?

Posted by no, probably not | April 29, 2008 3:31 PM


How does it feel to be backing the same candidate as Ann Coulter?

Posted by Jeff | April 29, 2008 3:32 PM

ECB is a Hillary Hack. This should be news to anyone.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | April 29, 2008 3:35 PM

@17: I'm not asking you to feel sorry for her. I don't even think you're mean as much as reactionary. It's like throwing in a "that's what she said" to manufacture innuendo: completely reflexive.

Do you really think this is "a cynical attempt to ignore serious policy issues while trying to distract attention with bullshit"? I mean, you give Erica that much credit? Somehow I don't think she's the great manipulator you take her for.

@19: Seriously? I haven't slogged at all for the last three days.

Posted by Aislinn | April 29, 2008 5:15 PM

Yeah, she's busy moving, @19. You really need to get a life.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 29, 2008 5:40 PM

*Yawn*. Anti-Erica-ism is so boring.

Posted by Big Sven | April 29, 2008 5:52 PM

Are you really the new News Editor, Erica? Congratulations!

Posted by Fnarf | April 29, 2008 5:52 PM

OK, I'm sorry if I ever made this to be about ECB. It really isn't, except insofar as her partisanship might interfere with giving this the attention it deserves.

It's one thing for the GOP candidate to advocate a pandering tax cut while campaigning. But for a leading Democrat to sign on to that very reckless, irresponsible same tax cut? That takes a doomed bonehead proposal and breathes all kinds of life into it. For Hillary to turn on the Democrats this way is bad enough, but she might actually give this idea the push it needs to pass.

ECB wrote at great length all the reasons why this is a terrible policy. The point should be driven home, and Obama should get cover for having the courage to oppose this cheap pandering.

Posted by elenchos | April 29, 2008 6:42 PM

OHHHHH I'M SOOOOOO BUSY WITH MY NEW JOB THAT HASN'T BEEN ANNOUNCED PUBLICLY YET! I'm so busy that I have to post a catty slog post about my coworker! That's how busy I am! I'm so busy that I have time to post on my personal blog about it, but GOD I'M JUST SO BUSY!


Posted by Bizarro ECB | April 29, 2008 7:52 PM

And she did manage to post the obtuse bit complaining about the analogies that the media uses about HRC before remarking on this.

Thank you Annie for holding her accountable. Someone in her new position should give more thought to being evenhanded.

Posted by Mikeblanco | April 29, 2008 8:58 PM

Hillary and McCain want to repeal the 5% gas tax for Memorial Day Weekend. It will save the average driver about 25 or 30 bucks. If you make sure your tires are properly inflated you save about 3% on average, YEAR ROUND, for a total of about $200 or $300 per year.


Posted by subcarrier | April 29, 2008 11:32 PM

The fact that ECB has gotten promoted after all her sloppy reporting speaks volumes about the Stranger. I had my issues with Josh but at least he did a little research and didn't constantly make uninformed posts.

Posted by yuck | April 30, 2008 1:09 AM

Here's Tom Friedman weighing in on the Clinton/McCain gas tax holiday in The New York Times.

Hillary Clinton has decided to line up with John McCain in pushing to suspend the federal excise tax on gasoline, 18.4 cents a gallon, for this summer’s travel season. This is not an energy policy. This is money laundering: we borrow money from China and ship it to Saudi Arabia and take a little cut for ourselves as it goes through our gas tanks. What a way to build our country.
… Good for Barack Obama for resisting this shameful pandering.

Posted by cressona | April 30, 2008 7:29 AM

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