Etch-a-Sketch: Hybrid Hummer Edition
The winner of yesterday's Etch-a-Sketch: "Goombay," who responded to my request to identify the new era of the Republican Party by commenting:
"The new era will begin when the blanket references to Ronald Reagan cease. We get it...Great guy, great era for the party. Know who does not get it: everyone under 30 years of age."
This comment, posted half an hour before the speech by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, turned out to be prescient. Steele did, indeed, make three Reagan references in his speech about the future, a point noted in my column.
Today, your Sketchwriter is planning to see Orrin Hatch roll out a 100 mpg Hummer. I'm told that this most unusual plug-in hybrid (the truck, not the Utah senator) will prove that Americans can have their cake and eat it, too -- a fuel-efficient truck that can squash a Prius without denting a bumper.
This gives me a thought for today's Etch-a-Sketch, although I must admit up front that I'm not sure it will work. Your mission: To determine which type of car or truck various lawmakers and administration officials should be driving to best suit their personalities.
We know, for example, that Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) drives a Hummer (not the 100 mpg type), while Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) drives a Prius. President Obama and his spokesman both drive the Ford Escape hybrid, while former campaign manager David Plouffe just picked up a politically-correct Ford Fusion hybrid. A few years ago, I caught Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) -- after a gas station event bemoaning high gas prices -- getting into an 18 mpg Chrysler LHS, even though her office was only a block away. (Her staff later protested that it was a staffer's car and that the senator owns a Prius.)
I understand from the Post marketing people that the typical Sketch reader is a Mini Cooper driver, so you are obviously a group of savvy motorists. Who should have the Harley, who gets the PT Cruiser? A Subaru? A rusty old Dodge?
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