McCain ain’t got it:
Last week in St. Louis, Obama told an audience that steps such as inflating tires to the correct levels could make a difference when it comes to conserving fuel.
Cue gleeful mockery from McCain. Obama was naive, inexperienced and not talking straight to the American people about energy, he said.
His campaign went further, distributing to reporters tire gauges engraved with the words “Obama’s energy plan.”
Predictably, Obama hit back calling McCain’s mockery “ignorant,” arguing his plans were being misrepresented and saying that experts backed his call over tire pressure. Equally predictably, McCain’s camp hit back.
The surprise came during a telephone town hall meeting McCain held on Tuesday with voters in Pennsylvania.
“Obama said a couple of days ago says we all should inflate our tires. I don’t disagree with that. The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it,” McCain said.
Meanwhile, in other news, the House GOP wants McCain to join their own version of the Jerry Springer show:
In a briefing with bloggers in House Minority Leader John Boehner’s office August 5, Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz ,said he would “love to have McCain come speak on the floor” as part of the protest. He said he believes inviting a senator to speak on the House floor would not violate House rules and challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to stop it.
Sounds great. They could grab each other’s tire gauges and chant “Obama was right.”
Finally, in the last bit of tire gauge related news, while previewing the Paris Hilton response, James Joyner laments: “Just when you thought Campaign 2008 couldn’t get any dumber, Paris Hilton weighs in with a video…”
Not that I disagree, but it would be prudent to remember who introduced Paris Hilton into the debate last week. Regardless, the best part of the Joyner piece is the round-up of right-wing bloggers James presents, many of whom seem to think that having McCain humiliated by the party queen, being called a wrinkly old dude and openly mocked, is… good news for McCain.
Not that that should surprise anyone. Everything is good news for John McCain.