The title: “Natural Born Drillers.” Krugman’s main point, among many, is that the oil market (unlike, say, the natural gas market) is a world-wide market, in part because oil can be (relatively) easily shipped*… and hence the price of gasoline is almost completely beyond the control of any part of a sitting US government. In particular, Mitt Rmoney [sic] is demonstrably lying when he blames Obama for high gas prices. “Drill Baby Drill” may make oil companies richer, but it will not ease American consumers’ pain at the pump.
Still, it’s no surprise GOPers are attempting this ploy: Republicans lie the way the rest of us breathe. If I recall correctly, GeeDubya Bush is thought to have attempted to prevail upon his buddies among Saudi royalty to assure low(er) gas prices in time for his own re-election.
That was then, and it worked; this is now, and you know they’re thinking the reverse of that strategery might work again. After all, those to whom lying equals breathing are not about to stop breathing.
* Notwithstanding drunk tanker pilots. Your, um, mileage may vary.