As the Wonk Room reported yesterday, Newt Gingrich’s “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” campaign will soon include the launch of a book, inventively titled Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less: A Handbook for Slashing Gas Prices and Solving Our Energy Crisis. Drill Here, Drill Now was ghostwritten by American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF) official Vince Haley, formerly Newt’s research director at the American Enterprise Institute, the premier Exxon-Bush think tank. It’s being published by Regnery Publishing, the right-wing organ that distributed Jerome Corsi’s Unfit For Command.
Newt’s book oozes with false sympathy for working Americans:
The suffering of Americans due to high energy prices is bad enough. But there’s more: powerful people believe that Americans — everyday folks just trying to earn a living, feed their families, and help others — are actually the root cause of the energy crisis. These influential people — many of them the very same individuals who helped create the energy crisis in the first place — have little compassion for the suffering of their fellow countrymen.
Who are the “influential people” who “helped create the energy crisis in the first place” Gingrich and Haley blame? Is it Bush, Cheney, Halliburton, Enron, Exxon Mobil, Peabody Coal, Tom DeLay, John McCain, hedge-fund speculators, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich himself, or others in the conservative elite who have profited from skyrocketing energy prices and prevented change while American families suffered?
Nope! The villians in Newtland are “anti-energy, left-leaning politicians.”