The left's biggest mistake on The War Against Oil is that they want to analyze it to death.
Here's a good example. It's a long piece from the so-called Center for American Progress, a think tank, on What the Public Really Wants on Energy and the Environment.
Surprise, we want it both ways. We think the problem can be dealt with without inconveniencing us, by simply promoting technology and enforcing environmental regulations.
We also want a pony.
It's foreign policy, because the best way to confront both our
enemies and so-called friends is by cutting the price of oil. It's
economic policy, because the most salable technologies we can create
right now involve alternative energy. It's education policy, because
learning and teaching new skills will be necessary to take advantage of
the economic policy.
Any candidate who puts The War Against Oil at the center of their
political spiel has a winner. Look at what Al Gore has done just by
pointing out the refusal to engage -- and he's not even a candidate.
The fact that no one has put The War Against Oil at the center of
the debate speaks more to the stupidity of the candidates and the
cupidity of the electorate than anything else.
Real leaders challenge conventional wisdom. They don't use polls to tell them what to think.