gas prices up*Uh oh, it looks like President Obama and crew could be in a stretch of bad, bumpy weather.

That’s because White House officials are anticipating that Republicans are going to use consumer angst about the cost of oil and gas to condemn the administration’s energy programs and buttress their argument that the president’s economic policies are not working, reports the NY Times.

In a closed-door meeting last week, Speaker John A. Boehner instructed fellow Republicans to embrace the gas-pump anger they find among their constituents when they return to their districts for the Presidents’ Day recess.

“This debate is a debate we want to have,” Mr. Boehner told his conference on Wednesday, according to a Republican aide who was present. “It was reported this week that we’ll soon see $4-a-gallon gas prices. Maybe higher. Certainly, this summer will see the highest gas prices in years. Your constituents saw those reports, and they’ll be talking about it.”

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