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Published:August 5th, 2008 18:09 EST
John McCain Makes Light Of Barack Obama's Tire-Gauge Comment

John McCain Makes Light Of Barack Obama's Tire-Gauge Comment

By Robert Paul Reyes

For the last couple of months, all the major polls have consistently shown Sen. Barack Obama with a 4-7 point lead over Sen. John McCain. The general election is three months away, and polls are just a snapshot in time. But when all the snapshots show Obama in the lead, it`s not a good omen for the McCain camp.

McCain is desperate to close the gap, and he is clutching at straws to come up with an issue that will resonate with the electorate. The desperation of the McCain campaign is manifest in their commercial comparing Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

Sen. Barack Obama is a Harvard educated lawyer, a brilliant orator, an accomplished author, and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. To compare Obama to the vacuous celeb twins is sinking to the gutter, McCain should be ashamed of himself.

That abominable political ad backfired -- it made McCain look like a frustrated, jealous and bitter old man.

Recently, Obama mentioned that if folks kept their tires properly inflated it would improve their gas mileage. That`s practical advice and it shouldn`t have caused a ripple in the political landscape, but that innocuous remark unleashed a tide of heated rhetoric from the Republicans.

McCain seized upon the "tire gauge" comment as if it were a political lifesaver. McCain has not missed an opportunity to mock Obama for his comments. You would think that Obama had advertised his tire comments as his complete energy conservation plan.

The Republican`s ally in the media, Fox News, has joined the crusade to mock Obama`s tire gauge remark. Recently FOX News listed gas saving tips, and keeping your tire pressure correct was at the top of the list.

"Florida Gov. Charlie Crist also believes keeping tires inflated is important.

Third Update: Not too long ago, NASCAR told fans, `With escalating fuel prices, the time is now for drivers to focus on simple things like proper tire pressure to maximize tire performance and increase fuel economy.`"

Quotation from the Carpetbagger Report/Steve Benen

How low will the Republicans sink? Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and tire gauges. Will the GOP claim that Barack Obama is responsible for the Montauk Monster?