Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Remember the concern that the administration was picking which dealers were closed?

And why?
** Earlier it was reported that the Obama Administration may have targeted GOP donors in deciding which Chrysler dealerships would have to close their doors.
** Last night it was discovered that a Big Dem Donor Group was allowed to keep all 6 Chrysler dealerships open.... And, their local competitors were eliminated by Obama's task force.
** The closings also tend to be in "Red" Counties where Obama lost.
Check it out.


Sigivald said...

That said, it wouldn't surprise me to see more "red county" closures.

More of them are rural and less profitable because less densely populated.

I suspect a scrupulously fair closure regime would still close far more dealerships owned by Republicans than not*, and in red counties than not.

* I have heard it claimed, very plausibly, that car dealers tend to be Republicans. Not surprising, as local business owners of a real business, scummy as a car dealership can be.

Firehand said...

This may be a 'not much there' thing, true; on the other hand... as someone put it, what agencies are being protected from closure? If a dealer who's a big Dem supporter is protected, that means someone else gets closed.

Michelle Malkin has a post on this today. Like she says, the two problems are that the major media doesn't want to investigate anything that might tarnish The Obama, and "A few quick points: I do think that eventually, the MSM will come around to investigating. If they find anything at all that confirms the politicizing of the process, they’ll either whitewash it, downplay it, or take credit for exposing it with little or no credit to the bloggers who first started digging. They’ll also ignore the fact that some of us early on have made the caveat from the start not to make too-broad claims. "

markm said...

What Sigivald said is what I immediately thought, too. OTOH, how often have "liberal" Democrats used statistical comparisons like this as "proof" of discrimination?