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 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.