You could sense the excitement. The political opportunity was enormous. Gasoline prices were rising, and quickly. So was public anger, which quite naturally would be directed against those who held political power. This would be advantageous to the opposition, even if they knew the price of gasoline was mostly outside government’s power to control. With the right persuasive techniques they could blame $2-a-gallon-gasoline on President George W. Bush, who was after all a genuine Texas oilman.