Oh, poor Newt Gingrich. Once the shining star of the Republican party, the former House Speaker has now been reduced to spewing utter nonsense on Sean Hannity's TV show (yes, for some readers this will feel like a dog bites man type of story). ThinkProgress catches Gingrich trying to make a political point out of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's very sensible (if boring) statement that keeping automobile tires properly inflated can help save fuel. In response, Newt said the following:
Well, I got a very funny e-mail from a retired military officer in Tampa who pointed out that most tire inflation is done at service stations and you pay for it. And it's actually a higher profit margin than selling gasoline. So Sen. Obama was urging you to go out and enrich Big Oil by inflating your tires instead of buying gas.
I think all of our readers can figure why this is nonsense, but ThinkProgress has the details if not. As Josh Marshall says, it "Simply defies comprehension how stupid this is. But you can say anything on Fox." Video after the jump. In related news, dKos has a long and opinionated post looking at politicians and Big Oil.