(H/t Balloon-Juice) So, Barack Obama gives a speech where he lays out some energy proposals. A member of the audience asks what he can do. Obama says that one thing is to simply inflate his tires. If everybody inflated their tires, it would apparently reduce oil consumption by 3 – 4% — which is probably more than what would be gained by McCain’s drilling proposal. The Republican response is to lie about what Obama said and to titter at the notion of people inflating their tires. Obama’s response:
The money quote: “It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant.” While it might be bad for policy decisions, Americans don’t go broke or lose office by trying to out-dumb the other guy. There is a strong strain of American anti-intellectualism. Larry the Cable Guy is living proof of that.
Filling one’s tires may be smart and effective, but nerdy and effeminate. Drilling the hell out of Mother Earth is just about as manly as you can get. And, as Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Ted Haggard, Bob Allen, and Glenn Murphy remind us, there is nothing more conservative than manly men doing manly things with other men.
Update And, the Indiana angle:
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Democrat Barack Obama on Wednesday taunted Republican presidential rival John McCain for first mocking the idea of keeping tires inflated for energy conservation and then agreeing the practice works.
”It will be interesting to watch this debate between John McCain and John McCain,” Obama said as he campaigned in Indiana with Sen. Evan Bayh, widely considered a top-tier candidate for running mate.