CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Guess who sent an e-mail to Ohioans a few days ago urging proper tire inflation as a "commonsense" step to save energy? The answer -- Republican U.S. Sen. George Voinovich. He said it would conserve gasoline. But if you watch FOX News or read Republican-leaning "news" blogs, you'd think Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was some kind of environmental extremist for suggesting last week that Americans could trim gasoline costs by checking their tires. Turns out that Voinovich -- a former Ohio governor and Cleveland mayor -- is dispensing the same advice. So far, no mockery aimed at him from McCain. Nor NixGuy, the Ohio blogger who contends Democrats don't care about ordinary Americans other than "Oh but maybe they should check their tire inflation." Here's Voinovich on the topic of where the rubber hits the road:
"Conserve what we already have. If every American took commonsense steps to conserve gasoline such as properly aligning and inflating tires, the country as a whole could lower its fuel consumption by nearly a million barrels a day."
Maybe the Republicans ought to retire their attack on Obama. And they might think about checking their air presssure. Voinovich's paean to properly inflated tires is in this message he e-mailed about the energy crisis late in July.