McCain And Gas Prices: He Needs To Brush Up

This kind of thing can hurt a candidate:

In a telephone interview with the Orange County Register earlier this week, John McCain acknowledged he was unaware of the price of gas. The OC Register’s Martin Wicksol reports:

WICKSOL: When was the last time you pumped your own gas and how much did it cost?

MCCAIN: Oh, I don’t remember. Now there’s Secret Service protection. But I’ve done it for many, many years. I don’t recall and frankly, I don’t see how it matters.

I’ve had hundreds and hundreds of town hall meetings, many as short a time ago as yesterday. I communicate with the people and they communicate with me very effectively.

Not pumping it is one thing. Not knowing it is another. It can and most likely will be used against him in a court of political battle. Big mistake. If his handlers are smart, they’ll make sure he knows the average price of gas in the U.S. every single day until the elections.

The tidbit above almost sounds like the big imagery problem the first George Bush got into when it was widely-reported — and used against him — that he didn’t even know how a supermarket check-out line worked at the time of the 1992 recession. And, in reality, it turned out that those reports were not entirely accurate. So the characterization of him was unfair.

  

3 Comments

  1. McCain should start asking the reporters when the last time they lived for a week on the bugs they captured in their cell. Maybe that would get overplayed, but smacking down the next idiot who asks this has a certain quality.

  2. Yea I think he was saying that it doesn't matter the last time he actually pumped it, not how much it is.

  3. McCain's answer was inartful. That's it.

    How this relates to his enrgy policy, I fail to see.
    His Lexington Project is every bit as vague as anybody elses. It also holds out false promises, IMO.
    If he wants to fill the gap by dirlling, he would have to explain why there is no drilling happening now in available areas. Clearly there are problems not solved by merely saying 'drill'.

    Even long range, the amount of freshly drilled oil would have only a small impact on imports and prices.

    I hope Obama sticks to not making false promises about oil but prepares the nation for a rough future, instead, We have to adapt, and think long term, not look for miracles.

    I do wonder, though, why neither has talked about drilling for gas, not just oil.

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