Wiggling like a kid with a lunchbox full of Twinkies, Rogers sat in on an NRC conference call to mock Barack Obama's crazy, ridiculous, extreme idea.
Would it be rude to point out that Mr. Rogers mentions the importance of properly inflated tires on his own website? In addition to handy hints about clean air filters and correct grades of motor oil, he helpfully notes that
You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.
Fuel Economy Benefit: up to 3%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: up to $0.09/gallon
Correct tire pressure has also been promoted by extreme leftist wackos such as NASCAR and Governor Charlie Crist of Florida.
Over at HuffPo, Sam Stein quotes Rogers opining, a la Eddie Haskell:
"Again, it is one of those very populist things that, instead of being a service as it was intended on sites like mine, it becomes part of his energy policy. And that is a sham on the American public."The Carpetbagger Report says that the GOP is "practically giddy" at the thought of those wimpy Democrats and their properly inflated tires. They also point out that
In order for an attack to work, it has to be plausible. McCain’s “giddy” toy is a little too stupid to actually work.
A little too stupid?P.S. Inquiring minds want to know: did Mr. Rogers wear cargo shorts for the call?
Shorts or no, if this is the best the RNC can trot out then this is a clear sign that McCain is in deep kimchee.
UPDATE: Jon Soltz of VetVoice has a reminder that conservation and energy policy are no joke -- they have a very real impact on our national security and our troops.