Oil Companies are "Begging Us To Regulate Them"

The gasoline shortage continued today, with more mountain schools closing, the city and county government in Buncombe closing, business closing because their employees can't make it into work.

A posse of politicians held a presser in Asheville today, and Republican representative Charles Thomas (116) explained that, in addition to problems with refineries and with the Colonial pipeline, distributors are withholding gas from truckers who are willing to bring it up the mountain. He said that the gasoline suppliers are "begging us to regulate them". When you have a Republican openly threatening to regulate an oil industry, you know the crisis has gone to unimaginable depths.

McCain calls it quits.

John McCain has made bungle after mistake after faux pas while dealing with this financial crisis. So, it only makes sense that he would turn quitter, because when the going gets tough, Republicans run and hide. Don't believe me? Just go to the secret bunker and ask Lying Liddy Dole.

Breaking News

John McCain suspends campaigning to work on economy, requests postponing Friday debate; asks Obama do the same.

Ain't Got Gas

Just thought I'd let the rest of the state know that there's no gasoline in the mountains. No really. You can read about the gas panic here, here, here, here. The few stations that got fuel delivered had lines of an hour or more with gas between $4 and $4.50 a gallon. Most limited each sale to $30-$50 in order to prevent hoarding. Folks are filling up every receptacle they can find.

A combination of disrupted supply from Texas refineries and pipeline problems has left the Asheville area without any reliable sources of gasoline for almost a week. Schools are canceling classes and teams are canceling games.

It's supposed to be another 5-10 days before the gas is flowing normally. I've seen more bicycles and full buses today than I've ever seen in Asheville.

When do we get to have accessible alternatives? Yesterday would have been great.

Dole Sighting! Dole Sighting!

Bob Dole. Sorry. Still no sign of Liddy.

In true Dole fashion, Bob is reaching out to all of Liddy's constituents the handful of Republicans who can fit into the NC Victory HQ. Not the Dole Victory HQ, the McCain Palin Victory HQ......you know, the ones they opened when PappyMac decided he indeed could lose NC if he wasn't careful.

Bob will be at the Mecklenburg County office followed by a visit to the Cornelius office which is open a whopping two days a week. They obviously have important work to do, right?

Gee, hope old Bob lets them know he's coming for a visit on one of the five days of the week they aren't open.

h/t to a dear friend

Jack Betts on the Pacman

I like much of what Betts writes. He's been around a long time and knows how to cut through the bull. Which is why it is disappointing to see him write something this dumb about Pac McCrory.

These are two seasoned campaigners and experienced public officials who have differing ideas about how to do things – though they apparently agree on things, too, such as keeping illegal immigrants out of community colleges, drilling somewhere offshore and finding more money for schools. Perdue has moved to the right in hopes of attracting conservative votes, though her opposition to illegal immigrants in community colleges risks losing some Democrats she was counting on to help her.

Dole comes out of hiding and starts lying right off the bat - media turns a blind eye.

The media has given Elizabeth Dole a pass. She has been hidden from the voters of North Carolina. Her campaign site - still no list of events. Her Senate site - no updated events since July. Why is Elizabeth Dole, who is losing to Kay Hagan, hiding from the voters?

Google searches reveal that Bob Dole has been campaigning all over North Carolina for his wife, but that she has been largely cloistered.


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