IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.
Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.
– Mitt Romney editorializing in the New York Times
It seems that Detroit DID turn around with a check. Perhaps it is a good thing that we didn’t listen to him then.
- FLIP FLOP ALERT: Mitt Romney Is Taking Credit For The Auto Bailout (businessinsider.com)
- Romney taking credit for auto industry success (news.yahoo.com)
- Romney takes credit for bailout (toledoblade.com)
- How Romney Got the Bailout Wrong (bigthink.com)
- Romney Claims To Still Have ‘The Same Position On The Auto Bailout’ He Had ‘In The Very Beginning’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Mitt Romney wants a round of applause for saving the auto industry (dailykos.com)
- Romney: ‘I’ll take a lot of credit’ for auto industry success (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
In the dozen or so Super Bowl ads yesterday, several were from automobile manufacturers. So when Chrysler presented Clint Eastwood in a spot called “Halftime in America” which, in very general terms, seemed to highlight President Obama’s Recovery program, Karl Rove and many of the Republican candidates and characters tried to make it a huge “no no.”
After all, if Obama’s recovery activities helped Detroit to start its comeback (especially with the just profitable Chrysler), then the economy isn’t dying as Romney keeps saying.
- Rachel Maddow Blog: Clint Eastwood wins the Super Bowl (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Clint Eastwood Is Bullish On America (duanegraham.wordpress.com)
- Clint Eastwood’s pro-Obama Super Bowl ad? (politico.com)
- Chrysler’s Eastwood Ad: Pro Obama? (blogs.wsj.com)
- Eastwood Ad Draws Political Response (myfoxphoenix.com)
- Clint Eastwood Chrysler Super Bowl ad appears pro-Obama (thegrio.com)
- Chrysler’s Super Bowl “Halftime” ad with Clint Eastwood: a roadmap for America? (vancouversun.com)
I thought I’d watch this tonight for the potential humor in the situation, but I began to realize as I watched it and started yelling at the television, that all seven of these people would be disastrous in ANY elected office.
First point: How did CNN manage to put together so many puffballs to ask these people? On top of that, why are there no followup questions when these folks tell obvious lies (or at the very least show that they are extremely misinformed)? When Romney shot down the success Obama had in saving GM and Chrysler he said that they had to go through bankruptcy anyway… did you know that? I didn’t. You would think it would have been in the news. Yet John King and the other reporters didn’t challenge the view that was brought up.
Second point: What was the point of wasting time with questions like “flat pizza or deepdish?” or “Spicy or mild wings?” Very entertaining, I guess. Not news. Not important to those seeking a President. Worse than the other softball questions.
Third point: Which one of these idiots is going to create a government where all sides work together? These folks… even Romney who changes positions from week to week… are putting themselves in as far a right wing extreme as possible. Whether it is religion, abortion, Social Security, Medicare or any other major thing which we have learned over decades that we have a right to, these “debaters” are totally blind to opposing views,
Fifth point: I don’t see anyone here that can stand up to Obama. Maybe it’s just me, but the problems these people create by cutting programs and imposing their religious and social beliefs on others are frightening.
- Republicans Debate Tonight In New Hampshire (raphaeldevarona.com)
- Live blog from the New Hampshire 2012 presidential debate (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Republicans trade barbs before New Hampshire debate – latimes.com (thoughtfulconservative.wordpress.com)
- New Hampshire Debate Preview (huffingtonpost.com)
- Some New Hampshire Republicans excited about the field (via CNN Political Ticker) (techweev.com)
- CNN debate: What to watch for (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Romney, GOP rivals face off in New Hampshire ()
- New Hampshire Republicans try valiantly to pick a favorite candidate for president. (slate.com)
- John King previews the set of CNN’s New Hampshire GOP debate (via CNN Press Room) (techweev.com)
- The New Hampshire Debate: Mitt Romney’s First Big Test (swampland.time.com)