Full of gas

GOP presidential candidate and economic genius John McCain admits to not knowing what gas prices are right now, but to defend himself, he quips that he doesn’t “see how it matters” anyways.  I guess consumer confidence dipping to all time lows partly because of gas prices doesn’t matter, either. 

Just think: if any Democrat said this, the calls that he or she is “elitist” and “out of touch” would be screamed 24/7.  But when McCain says it?  Feh, the dude’s a maverick!  He could boink Monica Lewinsky on live television and the media would still kiss his feet. 

4 Responses to “Full of gas”

  1. sierra says:

    The assertion that McCain does not know what people pay for gas is a lie.

  2. tas says:

    How is quoting what McCain himself said a lie?

    Now I understand that other news services tell a different story, but you know what? I reported what McCain himself said. That is not a lie.

    Now if you want to quibble about Think Progress’s uusage of McCain’s quote, fine. If you want to argue about whether or not McCain was annoyed with the journalist questioning him and shot out a glib response, fine. But I still contend that if the same quote came from Obama’s lips, we wouldn’t hear the end of how elitist he is. Furthermore, the past gas prices matter during the present — especially when gas prices have gone up 200% in the past 30 months. If a presidential candidate hints at dismissing this as something that “doesn’t matter”, then how isn’t that an issue?

  3. Craig says:

    For your reading pleasure:

    From an article on June 18th:

    “The price of a gallon of gas in America stands at more than four dollars. Yesterday, a barrel of oil cost about 134 dollarsm” said McCain. “And various oil ministers and investment firms have confidently informed us that soon we can expect to pay 200 dollars for every barrel, and as much as seven dollars for every gallon of gas.”

    Don’t both these candidates have enough actual flaws to worry about, without creating silly ones for personal snarky amusement?

    The political blogosphere is an opportunity wasted.

  4. tas says:

    The political blogosphere is an opportunity wasted.

    I will agree with you on that one, since it’s become an echo chamber for whatever’s on cable news. It’s engrossing but hollow at the same time. II spent time rearranging my RSS reader today with folders to avoid US political news, and looking for more international coverage links.

    Reading about the presidential election tends to be like crack, though… There’s 20 crappy things I could post about per day. So I pick one or two things to post per week: partly out of frustration, partly out of a need to post something since I agreed to blog, and partly because I genuinely do get pissed off with something one of the candidates says.

    There’s also choosing which battles you want to fight, too. I could do a big piece on everything that pisses me off about Obama and it’s relation to the state of American politics right now, but it not only takes time to compose such piece, but there’s the time spent being around to reply to it. I can’t post a bombshell without being around to field the numerous responses, so if I only had time…

    So I have to choose small battles. Obama is flawed, but I think he’d make a much better president than McCain. I don’t believe that McCain is in touch — with both the economic impact of gas prices on families, as displayed here, or foreign affairs.

    Someday when I have time to do battle again with the system itself, I will. But all the energy I can muster is for the small battles right now.

    BTW, I got the gas figure in my last comment wrong. We’ve seen a 100% increase from 2005, not 200%.. Though 100% is still quite a lot.

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