Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Opinions on Oil

More than half of Americans think the rising cost of gas constitutes a major problem, but nearly a third say it's a full-blown crisis. Among those who don't think the situation has yet reached the crisis stage, 59 percent say it won't become a crisis until the price gets to $4 per gallon or more. Meanwhile, people blame almost everything for the high prices.

Sixty-six percent of Americans say the oil industry shoulders much of the responsibility for high gas prices. Fifty-three percent blame the federal government, and 52 percent pin the high prices on the volatile situation with Iran, which could restrict the supply of oil from the Persian Gulf.

Mission: Mistake

Los Angeles police were inundated with reports of bombs installed in newspaper boxes around the city last week, but rather than finding a terrorist plot, they discovered a movie promotion gone wrong. Studio executives for "Mission: Impossible III" concealed digital audio players in 4,500 Los Angeles Times boxes rigging them to play the movie's famous theme song. But numerous customers mistook the devices for bombs and nearly 50 patients were evacuated from a veterans' hospital after one such device was discovered in the lobby.

Studio executives had no comment, but one Los Angeles Times senior vice president says, "We weren't expecting anything like this."

Bucks for 'Baby Lou'

A top-rated Latino talk radio show in Los Angeles has offered $500 in baby products to the first illegal immigrants to name their child "Lou Dobbs." The "Name Your Baby Lou Dobbs Challenge" is inspired by the CNN host who is well known for his periodic red faced and agitated rants against illegal immigration.

Winners must claim their prize live on KPFK's Poncho Hour of Power and present the baby in question, an official U.S. birth certificate, and notarized proof of their illegal status.

Every Vote Counts

High voter turnout is important to every politician, but one Ohio candidate wishes he'd directed his get out the vote effort at his own family. Erie County Democrat William Crawford's seat on the party's central committee now rests on a coin toss after the election ended in a tie.

But the coin flip might not have been necessary had Crawford's two voting-age sons showed up at the polls to vote on Tuesday. Crawford says he's not mad at his sons — one of whom still lives at home — but says he'll give them an earful for skipping the vote.

—Fox News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.

With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday" on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Click here for more information on Brit Hume