Taking Pride In Being Ignorant

Yesterday, Barack Obama delivered not only what might end up being the best line of the 2008 campaign, but struck a theme that I think he should continue to pursue — just how far from reality the GOP has been on energy policy:

“So I told them something simple,” Obama said. “I said, ‘You know what? You can inflate your tires to the proper levels and that if everybody in America inflated their tires to the proper level, we would actually probably save more oil than all the oil we’d get from John McCain drilling right below his feet there, or wherever he was going to drill.'”…

“So now the Republicans are going around — this is the kind of thing they do. I don’t understand it! They’re going around, they’re sending like little tire gauges, making fun of this idea as if this is ‘Barack Obama’s energy plan.’

“Now two points, one, they know they’re lying about what my energy plan is, but the other thing is they’re making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4 percent. It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant.”

The Republicans, and certainly the White House, have been in denial about climate change, from doctoring global warming reports to refusing to open email messages to calling it a hoax.

It’s good to see Obama hitting back, and calling it for what it is: ignorance.

More of that, please.

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