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Oily the Splot: Terrifying international Svengali

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Alert Inkless commenter jwl notes that Barack Obama’s gas-pump political ads, eerily reminiscent of the Conservative Party of Canada’s Oily the Splot™ ads-that-never-ran a couple of months ago, will never run. This is because the U.S. gas-station advertising company, in an eerie repeat of events here in Canada, decided at the last moment that it didn’t want to run political ads, especially ads critical of oil companies. Also probably they realized the safety implications of putting gasoline in such close proximity to hot air. (Thank you! Thank you! Please tip your waiter. I love this town!)

As always, when Barack Obama and the Conservative Party of Canada seem to be colluding, I blame Austan Goolsbee. Mostly because it gives me an excuse to use that name again. Austan Gooooolsbee!