Here’s a point in Obama’s favor. Unlike Clinton and McCain, he refuses to indulge in dishonest pandering (via Andrew Sullivan) on the gasoline tax.

Speaking on Larry King Live on Monday night, Clinton outlined a series of steps to address the issue at the beginning of the show, reflecting the growing importance of pocketbook concerns among voters. “I would also consider a gas tax holiday, if we could make up the lost revenues from the Highway Trust Fund,” she said, without specifying how to make up those lost revenues.

Earlier Monday at a community college in the Philadelphia suburbs, Obama rejected a tax holiday as bad economic policy. “I’ve said I think John McCain’s proposal for a three-month tax holiday is a bad idea,” Obama said, warning consumers that any price cut would be short lived before costs spike back.

Good for him. After we exit from the Iraq disaster, the most important issues that the country faces will be resource and environment related. We won’t make any headway with politicians feeding voters fairy tales about cheap fuel.